2020 Ford Puma ST gets teased ahead of official debut
Ford has begun teasing the arrival of the new Puma ST, which is set to make its debut later this year, joining other performance-focused models like the Focus ST and Fiesta ST in the carmaker’s European line-up.
Based on what is shown in the accompanying teaser video as well as previous spyshots, the Puma ST will sport a slightly more aggressive look compared to the regular model. At the front, there’s a subtle lip spoiler and redesigned lower intake, the latter of which serves to feed air to a larger intercooler.
Elsewhere, the vehicle will come with model-specific wheels in a “fan blade” design, a larger roof spoiler, a new rear bumper with twin exhaust outlets, and beefier brakes, while other cues are similar to what you get with the ST Line package. As for the interior, a pair of bolstered Recaro seats can be seen that are adorned with the ST logo, which is also applied on the steering wheel.
Power will reportedly come from a 1.5 litre turbocharged three-cylinder that is also found in the Fiesta ST, providing 200 PS and 290 Nm of torque to the front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. It is rumoured that additional upgrades such as an optional limited-slip differential and a launch control function will also be made available.
Given its high-riding nature, the Puma ST will likely lose out slightly in terms of performance to its hot hatch sibling, which his capable of a 0-100 km/h time of 6.7 seconds. When launched, Ford’s performance crossover will compete against Hyundai’s upcoming Kona N.