Compact performance SUV spotted with less disguise, likely powered by the Fiesta ST's 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo.
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Photographers have snapped the upcoming Ford Puma ST during development testing in Europe, ahead of an anticipated launch sometime during second half of next year.

Compared to previous sightings, this prototype appears to be showing a little more skin, namely with the front grille, bumper, intakes, headlights, tail-lights, rear bumper, and window line.

Like other Puma ST prototypes we've seen, this vehicle is wearing a sportier wheel and tyre package (which appear to be Focus RS rims), bigger brakes, and lowered suspension compared to the standard crossover.

Under the skin, the Puma has a lot in common with the latest Ford Fiesta – currently reserved for overseas markets until the ST arrives in Australia next year – so expect the Puma ST to share the Fiesta ST's 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine.

Outputs in the hatchback are rated at 147kW and 290Nm, sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual. It's unclear whether the Puma will offer an automatic option given its more family-friendly SUV body shape.

Also expect a range of model-specific trimmings and features inside, to further differentiate the Puma ST from the less potent ST-Line and core range.

It is believed the Puma ST will be revealed sometime during the second half of 2020, and likely go on sale in Europe before 2021.

As for Australia, the standard Puma is currently off the table for our market, so it appears the Focus Active will serve as Ford’s more premium Euro-sourced compact crossover offering for the time being, with the upcoming ‘Baby Bronco’ the more likely small SUV to make its way Down Under from the Blue Oval’s global portfolio – provided the company can think of a name starting with ‘E’.

Further details will come to hand over the coming months, so stay tuned to CarAdvice for all the latest.

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