The Ford Puma ST Has Been Spotted And It's Shed All Camo

The Fiesta ST's slightly more practical sibling has been papped pretty much undisguised
The Ford Puma ST Has Been Spotted And It's Shed All Camo

If you absolutely have to do the whole performance crossover thing, there’s only one that should be seriously considered. So long as you don’t need a big car, the incoming Ford Puma ST is set to be by far the best-driving small crosser around, and a test mule has been spotted almost completely undisguised.

Save for a lack of ST badging and the odd bit of tape, this is how we can expect the showroom-fresh version of the car to look. The prototype is noticeably lower than the regular version of the Puma, and it’s wearing the same design of wheels fitted to the Fiesta ST.

The Ford Puma ST Has Been Spotted And It's Shed All Camo

It’s based on the same platform as the hatchback, so we can be confident in saying it’ll receiving the Fiesta ST’s powertrain unaltered. That means 197bhp and 214lb ft from a 1.5-litre inline-three turbo engine, and since the Puma isn’t much heavier than the Fiesta, the 0-62mph time should still be comfortably under the seven-second mark.

The Ford Puma ST Has Been Spotted And It's Shed All Camo

Bearing that modest weight increase in mind, plus the fairly minor increase in ride height, it’ll be damn near as good to drive as the Fiesta. And we all know what a riot that thing is to chuck around a set of bends.

Hopefully, the Puma will be receiving its ST cousin’s unusual banana-shaped ‘directionally-wound’ springs, which make for a communicative and hilariously mobile rear axle. We’re also expecting there to be a Performance Pack on the options list, which will add a mechanical Quaife ATB limited-slip differential into the mix along with a launch control system.

Will the Ford Puma ST tripod and lift-off oversteer as much as the hot Fiesta? Fingers crossed...
Will the Ford Puma ST tripod and lift-off oversteer as much as the hot…

Price-wise, the Ford Puma ST should weigh in around £30,000. That’ll make it significantly cheaper than something like a T-Roc R, although it’s worth pointing out the VW is slightly bigger, all-wheel drive and more powerful. But more fun? Most likely not.

A closer rival will eventually arrive in the form of Hyundai’s planned Kona N, although it’s currently unclear which vehicle will emerge first.


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02/24/2020 - 09:43 |
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Ben Anderson 1

It really is just a fat fiesta. Why on earth would spend more money on this over a fiesta when it’s very clearly the same car?

02/24/2020 - 10:08 |
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Because people are weird. But if you really must go for a fast crossover, it’ll be the one to have.

02/24/2020 - 11:06 |
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My thoughts exactly!

02/27/2020 - 11:52 |
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Yes it is very much the same car but surprisingly has a lot more space
The siting position is pretty good.
And i dont think it is much of a suv more of an fiesta+ with bigger wheels

03/13/2020 - 22:04 |
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god damn i hate where the future is going

02/24/2020 - 10:35 |
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Ben Ireland

Oh dear god it’s hateful

02/24/2020 - 10:47 |
18 | 0

This makes literally no sense. Nonsense, if you will.

02/24/2020 - 11:28 |
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Looks like those round squeaky sand frogs on 2 tabs of LSD

02/24/2020 - 12:36 |
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Olivier (CT's grammar commie)

It honestly doesn’t look all that bad

02/24/2020 - 12:52 |
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I would’ve prefered if this was a slightly lifted Fiesta that was made for going fast on dirt roads

02/24/2020 - 20:08 |
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The Fiesta Active is exactly that.

02/26/2020 - 06:43 |
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DIO is a car guy
03/02/2020 - 16:52 |
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I work at a ford dealer i have not driven it yet but siting in it, it seems like a good fun car

03/13/2020 - 21:56 |
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