But will we get it? We make the argument about why we should.
Ford's ST lineup currently includes the Edge ST and Explorer ST in the United States and the Fiesta ST and Focus ST in Europe. But in a brand-new teaser video posted on its European Twitter account, Ford has hinted at a new model that will wear the ST badge. In the Tweet, Ford Europe asks fans to "screenshot the four bits of hidden content in this thread (if you're quick enough) and let us know what you find in the comments!"
If you are able to pause the video at precisely the right moments, you can spot a few interesting details including new wheels, a unique grille design, ST Recaro seats, and the entire silhouette of what is clearly a Ford Puma ST. The car is also wearing a front license plate that reads '2020,' meaning the Puma St will definitely arrive later this year.
For American readers who aren't familiar, the Ford Puma is a sub-compact crossover that is sold in Europe and is based on the same platform as the Fiesta hatchback. A few months ago, we spotted the ST model during winter testing, sporting a snazzy blue paint job and a manual transmission. Power is expected to come from a 1.5-liter turbocharged EcoBoost three-cylinder engine producing 197 horsepower and 214 pound-feet of torque going to the front wheels. In the Fiesta ST, this drivetrain is quick enough to hit 60 mph in 6.7 seconds with a top speed of 144 mph.
Ford has made no hints of the Puma coming to the US market but we have made the argument as to why it should. In the US, the sub-compact Ford EcoSport is starting to feel its age considering that it has been on sale in global markets since 2012. We would love to see Ford replace the EcoSport with the much newer (and more attractive) Puma, even if the company decided to retain the EcoSport name.
Offering a car in the US market is often complicated due to crash and emissions testing and import costs. Since the Puma is assembled in Romania, it would likely be more expensive to sell here than if it were built in North Amerca. But since the EcoSport is already built in India, it doesn't seem like Ford would have much to lose here versus designing an all-new, US-specific replacement for the EcoSport.