Ford Australia confirms SUV-like Focus Active for 2019

November 20, 2018

Ford Australia is getting ready to launch the first-ever Focus Active variant, bringing SUV-like aspiration to the small hatch when the new-gen model arrives next year.

Initially revealed in April, the 2019 Ford Focus is based on a fresh ‘C2’ platform which helps to provide improvements in safety, interior space efficiency, and driving dynamics compared with the outgoing model. In fact, torsional rigidity is increased by 20 per cent and the attachment points for the suspension are 50 per cent stiffer. Adding to this, the all-new Focus Active variant also promises some crossover versatility.

In Australia the Focus Active will come with the 1.5-litre turbo-petrol EcoBoost powertrain, which produces 134kW of power and 240Nm of torque. This is matched up to an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard. Across the combined cycle the fuel consumption is rated at 6.4L/100km.

Drivers will be able to play with a Drive Mode toggle, which includes Normal, Eco, and Sport, while the Active exclusively adds Slippery and Trail modes as well. The Slippery mode is ideal for low-grip surfaces such as snow and ice, while the Trail mode is for “powdery dirt” and “sand” terrains.

The Focus Active will come with a range of special features and a long list of standard equipment, such as 17-inch alloy wheels, 34mm of additional ground clearance, and bespoke panels and body trimmings like front and rear skid plates and contrasting silver inserts.

For the interior there’s an 8.0-inch touch-screen media interface running Ford’s SYNC 3 operating system. It packs in Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There’s also dual-zone climate control, Nordic Blue trim stitching with unique embroidery for the seats, and wireless charging.

The new Ford Focus range will go on sale in Australia in 2019, with prices starting from the following (excluding on-road costs):

2019 Ford Focus Trend 8-speed auto: $25,990
2019Ford Focus ST-Line 8-speed auto: $28,990
2019Ford Focus Active 8-speed auto: $29,990
2019 Ford Focus ST-Line Wagon 8-speed auto: $30,990
2019 Ford Focus Titanium 8-speed auto: $34,490

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.