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SUV-inspired Ford Focus Active to launch in January

Ford is to launch Active variants of its fourth-generation five-door and estate Focus from January as it targets SUV and crossover customers.

The Focus Active includes Slippery and Trail Selectable Drive Modes

Priced from £21,900 for the hatch – compared to £17,930 for the standard model, the new variant extends Ford’s Active crossover models, following the introduction of the all-new Fiesta Active and new KA+ Active models earlier this year.

As with its siblings, the Focus Active brings a raised ride-height and driving position and SUV-inspired styling including standard roof rails to help carry bicycles or sports equipment. It also features a bespoke chassis set-up and new Slippery and Trail Selectable Drive Modes.

Engine options include the 1.0-litre EcoBoost and 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol units and Ford’s 1.5-litre EcoBlue and 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engines – combined with six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmissions.

Onboard technologies include Ford’s SYNC 3 communications and entertainment technology supported by an eight-inch colour touchscreen and compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Drivers can also specify a B&O audio system while new FordPass Connect onboard modem technology for the Focus turns the Active into a mobile WiFi hotspot with connectivity for up to 10 devices. A wireless charging pad is also available.

Advanced driver assistance features echo those seen on the latest Focus launched earlier this year and include more advanced versions of Ford’s Adaptive Cruise Control, Adaptive Front Lighting System and Active Park Assist technologies.

The Ford Focus Active is available to order now for delivery from January 2019.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.