2021 Ford Puma ST: price, specs and release date
The Ford Puma ST has been spotted almost completely undisguised, ahead of its full reveal later this year. Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming new fast Ford SUV.
- Hot SUV with 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine
- 200hp expected
- Similar performance to Fiesta ST
- Will be revealed this September
- Should go on sale in early 2021
- Likely to cost from £25,000
Ford’s Fiesta ST and Focus ST hot hatches will soon have a sporty SUV sibling, in the form of the new Ford Puma ST. And, thanks to a new batch of spy shots, you can see exactly what the sportiest version of this VW T-Cross, Skoda Kamiq and Nissan Juke alternative will look like.
2021 Ford Puma ST design
These images show an almost completely undisguised Ford Puma ST being tested. The new hot crossover will look broadly similar to a standard Ford Puma that’s been decked out in the sporty ST-Line trim. The aggressive front grille, the wide wheel arches and the large rear spoiler have pretty much been copy-pasted over to the Puma ST.
The production-ready Puma ST should feature some obligatory “ST” badging inside and out, and the alloy wheels on the car in the spy shots have an identical design to the ones that come with the Fiesta ST hot hatch. Ford Puma ST buyers who want to differentiate their hot SUV even further from the standard car will probably be pleased to know they’ll also be able to spec the car in lime green.
2021 Ford Puma ST engine
Since the Ford Puma is based on the same mechanical bits as the current Fiesta supermini, it’s very likely the Puma ST will source its engine from the Fiesta ST. You can expect it to be powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine that produces 200hp and 290 Nm of torque. The Ford Puma ST will almost certainly only be available with a six-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive.
2021 Ford Puma ST driving
The standard Ford Puma is already fairly fun to drive by small SUV standards, so this hotter ST version should be even better. Expect the Puma ST’s to come with more powerful brakes, wider tyres that give the car more grip and stiffer suspension that helps reduce body lean when cornering. Similar upgrades are what help make the Fiesta ST such a hoot to drive.
Performance figures haven’t been confirmed yet, but it’s expected the Ford Puma ST will be able to accelerate from 0-60mph in under seven seconds and top out at around 140mph.
2021 Ford Puma ST interior
As with the exterior, the Ford Puma ST’s interior will look almost identical to the Puma ST-Line’s cabin. Don’t be surprised if the car ends up featuring sportier touches such as a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heavily bolstered front seats and an aluminium gear lever knob, though.
The Ford Puma ST will come with the same standard with equipment as high-spec Pumas, including a digital dashboard display, a wireless smartphone recharging tray in the centre console and a premium sound system.
The Ford Puma ST should be relatively practical by small SUV standards, too. Sure, there isn’t a great deal of head and legroom for taller passengers using the rear seats, but its 456-litre boot is roomy and the underfloor “Megabox” storage compartment gives you an extra 68 litres of storage to play with.
2021 Ford Puma ST price and release date
While prices for the Ford Puma ST won’t be revealed until its official unveiling in September, it’s expected the sporty small SUV will start at around £25,000. Assuming Ford will offer the car in various trim levels (as it already does for the Fiesta ST and Focus ST hot hatches), it’s possible that prices for the Puma ST will top out at close to £28,000.
Launch dates will likely be reserved for the unveiling, too, though there’s a good chance the Puma ST will go on sale later this year, with deliveries potentially beginning in early 2021.