New Ford Puma ST debuts at the end of 2020July 5, 2020
The new Ford Puma ST line is approaching the official release date. The brand’s first sports compact crossover will debut at the end of this year, offering a number of improved features, technologies and styles compared to the standard model.
Recently, Ford released a social video teaser on social media, where we first saw the style of the new car, as well as several details about the specification and the Puma ST engine. As it became known, the new 2018-2019 Ford Puma ST crossover model year will share its platform with a sports supermini, Fiesta ST.
As such, the Puma ST is likely to use a Fiesta ST turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine that develops 197 hp. and 290 Nm of torque – and, like the Fiesta, power will be transmitted to the front wheels through a 6-speed manual gearbox. However, the extra weight of the Puma compared to the supermini means that it will be slightly behind from the 6-second acceleration to the “hundred” Fiesta ST.
The modernization of the chassis compared to the standard Puma should be large-scale, it should include a lower suspension, stiffer springs and larger disc brakes for the front axle. Limited slip mechanical differential and start control should also be offered as additional options. Ford’s promotional video also confirmed that the Puma ST will also receive a set of gray ST alloy wheels, an aggressive body kit, an enlarged rear wing, ST badges and a new exhaust with two outputs.
The standard Puma interior is already generously equipped, so much of it will be ported to this ST sports model, including a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, as well as an 8-inch Bang & OIufsen surround entertainment system with 10 speakers. However, like the Fiesta ST, the novelty will receive a fresh set of Recaro sports seats and an ST brand sports steering wheel.
By the time of its debut at dealerships, Puma will have very few competitors, since replacing the Nissan Juke Nismo RS seems unlikely, there are currently no compact crossovers with a sporty appearance on the market. However, the Puma ST is likely to face stiff opposition from Hyundai; The Korean company is preparing a high-performance version of Kona N, which could use the engine of the upcoming “charged” hatchback i20 N.
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