New Ford Puma ST is coming: High-riding hot hatch confirmed!

A Ford Puma ST has been spied testing, confirming rumours the Blue Oval will launch a hot-hatch version of its smallest SUV.

And with news the Puma is confirmed for Australia, you’d have to assume a go-fast version would be high on Ford’s wish-list here. 

The normal version will touch down this year, essentially replacing the largely unloved EcoSport, and thoroughly modernising the brand’s smallest SUV offering.

The Puma is based on the Fiesta, launching it into one of Australia’s most competitive segments, where it will do battle with cars like the Mazda CX-3, VW T-Cross and Toyota C-HR

But while the Puma might be based on the Fiesta, this go-fast version is based on the Fiesta ST, and that means a bucketload of extra grunt and a host of performance goodies. 

While the details are yet to be confirmed, expect the Fiesta ST’s turbocharged three-cylinder engine, good for around 150kW and 290Nm, fed to the front tyres via a manual gearbox.

Ford is yet to confirm details of the Puma ST, but we have reached out to the brand in Australia for comment.