Performance variant of the Fiesta-based crossover spied for the first time, and will likely share its drivetrain with the Fiesta ST.
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The Ford Puma ST crossover has been spied undergoing testing in Germany.

Although the prototype has camouflage all over its body, the ST looks like it will have a unique front bumper treatment.

It also features dual exhaust tips at the back, and a restyled diffuser-style element. The plastic protectors for the wheel arches also look a little broader and chunkier than the ones fitted to standard Puma models.

The wheels it's riding on are nicked from the now-defunct Focus RS, and those front brakes are chunkier than the stock units based on what we can see.

There's a dual exhaust down back, nestled among what appears to be a unique 'diffuser' in the rear bumper.

Under the skin, both the Puma and Puma ST are based on the latest Fiesta hatchback.

As such the Puma ST is expected to have the same turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine as the Fiesta ST. In the Fiesta the engine develops 147kW of power and 290Nm of torque, and is paired exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission.

The Puma ST is thought to include a unique suspension setup, revised handling, selectable drive modes, improved brakes, launch control, and the option of a limited-slip differential for the front axle.

We expect the Puma ST to also feature grippier front seats, and leather coverings for the steering wheel and gear shifter.

Australia

At the time of the Puma's European launch Ford Australia seemed to rule out local availability, stating the EcoSport would continue in the local range. In Europe the Puma effectively replaces the similarly-sized EcoSport in Ford's range.

The Fiesta ST will be offered in Australia, but has been pushed back until "late 2019".