Ford has announced that the high-riding Focus Active compact hatch will arrive in Australian dealerships in 2019.
Priced from $29,990 plus on-road costs, the Focus Active will be available in just one variant. It may use the same 134kW/240Nm 1.5-litre turbo three-cylinder petrol engine and eight-speed auto as the regular hatch and wagon, however the Active differs significantly in the visual department – it gets tougher bumpers, 34mm more ground clearance, front and rear skid plates, wheel arch cladding and twin exhaust tips, which combine to create a more rugged and SUV-style look.
Standard equipment on the Focus Active includes 17-inch alloy wheels, cloth seat trim with Nordic Blue stitching, keyless entry, push-button start, ‘Active’ branded sill plates, autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist, reversing camera, lane departure warning and an 8.0-inch Sync 3 infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and satellite navigation.
If you’re looking for more safety tech, you can option the $1250 Driver Assistance Pack, which includes adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert and reverse AEB. Alternatively, there’s the $1800 Design Pack, which adds 18-inch alloy wheels, LED fog-lights, scrolling turn signals and rear privacy glass. A panoramic sunroof is $2000, while prestige paint costs $650.
The Ford Focus Active goes on sale sometime in 2019.