SUV style Active joins the hatch line-up next year

Ford is looking to stand out from the crowd with its German-built Focus small car, arriving in our showroom mid December. The revised line-up will feature three hatch variants, Trend, ST-Line and Titanium, but two other variants will join the line-up next year.

Ford is targeting SUV buyers with the added practicality of a new wagon variant in ST-Line trim and a new high-riding Active, similar to the Subaru XV.

“The Focus Active is a strong addition to the line-up and is a great match to the active lives of Australians.” Says Ford Australia boss Kay Hart. “The ST-Line hatch, ST-Line wagon and Active hatch are all designed to offer greater versatility and adaptability.”

Prices start from $25,990 plus on-roads for the base Trend. The front wheel drive Active – the hopeful star of the line-up starts at $29,990.

The main aim of the Active is to draw buyers into the Focus range raather than the wider SUV market. With 34mm of extra ground clearance compared to the hatch or the wagon, will give potential SUV buyers the sough-after elevated driving position.

Ford has beefed up the Active’s image with front and rear skid plate inserts in contrasting finish, black wheel arches, twin chrome tailpipes and 17’ alloy wheels.

Powering the Active, in common with the rest of the Focus range will be a 1.5L 3 cylinder turbo (134kW/24Nm) matched to an 8 speed automatic.

Two unique driving modes- Slippery & Trail aid the Active’s off road capabilities by increasing grip in slippery conditions and allowing for smoother driving on soft surfaces such as sand and dirt.

Inside, the Active scores the latest infotainment tech. Its 8 inch display gives access to Apple Car Play and Android Auto.

A wireless smart phone charging pad, steering wheel mounted paddle shifters and voice activated navigation are among the interior highlights.

The Focus range gets autonomous emergency braking and lane keep assist as standard. Adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning and rear cross traffic alert are bundled in a $1,250 option on all but range topping Titanium hatch.

This article written by Dom Tripolone From The Manly Daily.

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