Ford is preparing a hotter Puma, and overnight it released some teasers of the upcoming addition to the city crossover’s lineup. Unfortunately Ford Australia isn’t commenting on whether the Puma ST will be coming Down Under.
In a teaser video posted on Facebook, the new ST model has the distinctive sound of a three-cylinder turbo.
As such, we expect the Puma ST to use the Fiesta ST’s 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine. In the Fiesta this engine is tuned to deliver 147kW and 290Nm, and paired exclusively with a six-speed manual.
Both vehicles ride on the same platform, although the Puma has a 95mm longer wheelbase, and is 146mm longer from tip to tail. It also, obviously, sits higher off the ground.
As with Fiesta ST, the Puma ST will likely feature lowered suspension, an improved braking package, and styling that’s largely shared with the ST-Line model.
Other available items will likely include Recaro front seats, new alloy wheels, and a limited-slip differential. Spy photos have already revealed the Puma ST will be equipped with two round exhaust tips.
Regular versions of the new Puma are due to arrive in Australia during the second half of 2020.
Prices, excluding on-road costs, start at $29,990 for the base model to $35,540 for the ST-Line V.
These models are equipped with a turbo 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with 92kW and 170Nm, so the ST could hold a handy 55kW/120Nm advantage.