New Ford Puma ST news, prices, specs and on-sale date

The new Ford Puma ST is a 200hp hot SUV with 0-62mph in 6.7 seconds, a tuned chassis, sports styling and prices from £28,495

2020 Ford Puma ST

The new Ford Puma ST hot SUV has been revealed with ordering open now and deliveries expected before the end of 2020.

Prices start from £28,495.

Derived from the acclaimed Fiesta ST, the Puma ST shares its 200hp 1.5-litre Ecoboost turbo engine, for 0-62mph in just 6.7 seconds (which can be aided by optional launch control).

Yet standard cylinder deactivation technology will also deliver 40.9mpg and CO2 emissions from 155g/km.

While it still has a sports exhaust system, Ford says the Puma ST is 1dB quieter than the Fiesta ST, with family-friendly refinement in mind.

2020 Ford Puma ST

“Real driving enthusiasts aren’t going to settle for less excitement just because life demands a more ‘sensible’ car,” said Ford Performance manager Stefan Muenzinger.

“Our number one priority was that the Puma ST had to be as exhilarating and capable as every ST model, without sacrificing any of Puma’s practicality.

“We believe that we have the best-handling small SUV in its segment. It is a joy to drive.” 

Puma ST: sporty SUV

Ford has extensively overhauled the already-impressive chassis of the regular Puma.

19-inch wheels are fitted with specially-developed Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres, brakes are 17 percent larger and the steering is 25 percent faster.

There are anti-roll bars front and rear, and the rear suspension has been stiffened 50 percent over the regular Puma – and 40 percent over the Fiesta ST, to offset the Puma’s taller body.

Patented springs and Hitachi twin-tube frequency-reactive dampers are another highlight.

Ford is even offering an optional Performance Pack, for £950. This includes a limited-slip differential (the Puma ST is the first SUV of this size to feature such a performance-focused gadget) and launch control.

2020 Ford Puma ST

Extreme Puma

A full styling makeover includes a Ford Performance front splitter that improves front end downforce by 80 percent. There is a bigger rear roof spoiler and a diffuser in the rear bumper.

Special ST upper and lower grilles are distinctive and deliver extra engine cooling.

It is offered in six colours: Agate Black, Desert Island Blue, Fantastic Red, Frozen White, Magnetic and this ST-exclusive Mean Green.

All colours are offset with standard gloss black roof, grille surrounds, door mirrors, side spears and rear roof spoiler.

2020 Ford Puma ST

Bolstered Recaro seats are also standard, trimmed in Miko Dinamica upholstery that stops occupants sliding around in corners.

Ford hasn’t compromised practicality though. The boot remains best-in-class at 456 litres and the clever 80-litre MegaBox remains beneath the boot floor.

Other standard equipment includes 8.0-inch infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, premium B&O sound system, all-round parking sensors, Quickclear heated windscreen and wireless smartphone charging.

Ordering for the new Puma ST is open now, with deliveries expected before the end of the year.

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Richard Aucockhttps://www.motoringresearch.com/
Richard is director at Motoring Research. He has been with us since 2001, and has been a motoring journalist even longer. He won the IMCO Motoring Writer of the Future Award in 1996 and the acclaimed Sir William Lyons Award in 1998. Both awards are run by the Guild of Motoring Writers and Richard is currently chairman of the world's largest organisation for automotive media professionals. Richard is also a juror for World Car Awards and the UK juror for the AUTOBEST awards.

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