Hot crossover appears to be on the way for electric assistance, potentially increasing its output to 200bhp
Ford appears to be testing a hybrid version at the Nurburgring of its hot Puma ST, which could mean a more efficient and powerful powertrain option.
The car was seen with ST-Line badges, but it also had many of the unique design features that are exclusive to full-fat STs, such as its alloy wheels and bumpers, and red brake calipers.
A yellow sticker at the rear windshield indicates that there is a hybrid element within the powertrain. The charging flap was not visible, so it is possible that the powertrain could be plug-in. This means that the test model was either a full hybrid or mild-hybrid setup. This is likely because the Puma does not come with the 2.0-litre Ford engine that is standard on all full-hybrid Ford vehicles.
The current standard Puma comes with a mild-hybridised Ecoboost triple producing 120bhp. However, the Puma ST has yet to be offered with an electrified powertrain.
The current model has 197bhp. A move to hybrid power could push the model past the 200bhp mark while improving economy figures.
Already, the performance crossover will receive a hybrid powertrain for motorsport in accordance with new World Rally Championship regulations 2022. All competing cars will be equipped with hybrid engines.
Ford’s WRC-based WRC racer is built in partnership by M-Sport and Cumbria-based racing engineering firm M-Sport. It’s powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine and a 134bhp motor. This makes it far more powerful than the road-going model.