Hot Ford Puma ST Is Definitely Coming, Here It Is Entering Nürburgring Test Center

Following the Edge ST and Explorer ST, Ford continues the ST-ification of its SUV lineup with the Puma ST.

Unveiled earlier this year as a Europe-exclusive model, the Ford Puma subcompact crossover features a sporty, athletic design that would suit a performance ST version quite well.

While Ford hasn’t confirmed a Puma ST yet, it admitted to considering such a model. As it turns out, work on the Puma ST is already underway as our photographers have spotted a camouflaged prototype entering Ford’s test center at the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

Although fully wrapped, the Puma ST prototype features the final production bodywork which features a deeper front spoiler, bigger wheels and brakes, black wheel arches, a roof spoiler that looks slightly bigger than on the regular Puma, and twin exhaust pipes. It looks quite similar to the Puma ST-Line though the grille will probably feature a different mesh trim — the one fitted to this prototype is clearly provisional.

Also read: Ford Europe Talks New Puma Design, And We’re All Eyes – And Ears

Expect the Puma ST to source the powertrain from its platform sibling, the Fiesta ST hot hatch. That’s a 1.5-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine rated at 200 PS (197 hp), mated to a six-speed manual transmission driving the front wheels.

Performance should be close to the Fiesta ST which accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds. The slightly heavier Puma ST should cover the same sprint in just under 7 seconds. Expect Ford to lift the wraps off the Puma ST next year.

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Photo credits: CarPix for Carscoops

  • Six_Tymes

    cool

  • Paul

    Oh happy day.

  • Shtekeris

    Should come in widebody and dark blue color, aka Racing Puma

  • FordMopar

    BRING IT OVER HERE!!! With the loss of both smaller FiST and FoST, this could be a great replacement. Still small and still bit closer to the ground than other crossovers… obviously with regular trim lineup

  • GreenPat

    I’m sorry but if Ford insists on making crossover ST variants then they need to be more powerful than their hot hatch cousins.
    Fiesta ST 1.5L 200 hp > Puma ST 2.0L 250 hp
    Focus ST 2.3L 273 hp>Escape ST 2.3L 335hp
    Edge ST 3.0L 350hp/400lbft
    Explorer ST 3.0 400hp/415lbft

  • SteersUright

    Looks cool but, way too slow to be exciting. Widebody, AWD, 350hp, that would be awesome.

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