Ford Puma ST spied without camouflage for the first time

uk.info@motor1.com (Anthony Alaniz)
Ford Puma ST Spy Photos

It should debut sometime this year.

It was last July when Ford unveiled the Puma, a revived nameplate that once adorned a three-door hatchback. The Puma is back, but it’s wearing a new, high-riding suit, returning as another crossover in Ford’s already packed stable. With the new crossover comes a performance version — the Puma ST. Spy photos of the camouflaged performance crossover appeared before the regular Puma even arrived. Today, we have spy photos of the Puma ST without any camouflage, giving us our first look at the sheet metal underneath.

The lack of camo reveals much of what we expected to find. We can see the black spoiler lip and can spot a large intercooler hiding behind the front bumper. At the back, there are dual tailpipes and a larger roof spoiler. Inside, the Puma ST looks much like the regular Puma with the infotainment screen stuck on the dashboard, and the HVAC controls pushed low on the instrument panel. The Puma ST also appears to have Recaro seats and larger brakes.

The Puma ST should share its powertrain with the Ford Fiesta ST. That means the performance Puma will use the same turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine. In the Fiesta ST, the mill makes 198 bhp (148 kilowatts) and 214 pound-feet (290 Newton-metres) of torque. Power should route to the front tyres through a six-speed manual gearbox, just like the Fiesta ST. While the Fiesta ST can rocket to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometres per hour) in 6.5 seconds, the larger and heavier Puma ST should be a tad slower but should still be able to do it in under 7 seconds.

The Ford Puma is strictly for the European market. Ford should debut the model sometime this summer, possibly for the 2021 model year.

The Puma ST with the camouflage: