We knew Ford was cooking a jacked-up Focus Active Wagon and the company isn’t hiding that anymore.
Together with the Focus Active five-door hatch, the Focus Active Wagon tries to bridge the gap between Ford’s passenger cars and its SUVs in Europe. Unfortunately for U.S. buyers, none of the two models will be available there. The latest member of the Ford Active family brings a raised ride-height, enhanced rough-road capability thanks to a modified chassis, and SUV styling cues.
Design-wise, the Focus Active Wagon looks just like the regular wagon except it has a higher ground clearance (+30 mm/1.18 in at the front and +34 mm/1.3 in at the rear) than the standard Focus, plastic cladding, unique bumpers and front grille, and standard roof rails. Other exterior tweaks meant to make it look more rugged include the silver-finish skid plates and unique alloy wheel designs.
As with the Focus Active hatch, the interior features high-bolstered seats trimmed with Active cloth featuring blue stitching, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift lever, and bright elements on the dashboard and door panels. The Active scuff plates and floor mats with blue stitching round off the changes compared to regular Focus models.
Focus Active models also feature a modified chassis that includes a short-long arm (SLA) independent rear suspension configuration, unique springs, dampers, stabilizer bars, as well as front and rear knuckle geometries. Ford says the SLA system delivers “a desirable balance between front and rear compliance over larger bumps in the road,” contributing to a smoother ride.
Furthermore, in addition to the Normal, Sport and Eco drive modes of the regular Focus, Active models bring Slippery and Trail modes for better traction on mud, snow, ice, and sand.
The engine lineup for the 2019 Ford Focus Active Wagon includes two EcoBoost three-cylinder turbocharged gasoline units and two EcoBlue four-cylinder turbo diesels. The petrol range consists of a 125PS (123hp) 1.0-liter unit and a 150PS (148hp) 1.5-liter engine. Diesel fans can choose between a 120PS (118hp) 1.5-liter unit and a 150PS (148hp) 2.0-liter power plant.
The most economical variant is the 1.5-liter EcoBlue with an NEDC-measured average fuel consumption of 3.5 l/100 km (80.7 mpg UK) and 93 g/km CO2. There are two transmission options: a six-speed manual and an eight-speed automatic. All-wheel drive is not available, however. Both Focus Active models are now available to order across Europe.