The Ford Puma entered production in Romania following a €200 million investment and the creation of 1,700 jobs.
The Ford Puma ST should pack the same 200 PS (197 hp) 1.5-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder engine.
Ford designers explain how the Puma came to be and what makes it stand out in the subcompact SUV segment.
Ford will reduce the number of its European plants down to 18 by the end of 2020.
Ford says the plant will become “significantly unde-rutilized” as its engine supply contract with JLR runs out.
The more practical Ford Focus ST Wagon offers the same engine choices and tech as the hatch.
Ford Tourneo Custom PHEV’s 1.0L EcoBoost acts as a range extender while an electric motor drives the front wheels.
Following the phasing out of the C-Max family, the Saarlouis plant will only build the Focus.
In addition to the Germany layoffs, Ford will cut an unspecified number of jobs in the UK too.
Ford’s family of sporty vans also gains another new member, the 120PS Transit Connect Sport.
Based on the latest-generation Fiesta, Ford’s new small SUV is expected in early 2020.
Not available in the US, the new Focus ST will also offer a 190PS 2.0-liter turbodiesel.