Ford Focus Active endures the crossover family of Blue Oval.
We are talking about a crossover version of Focus and Focus wagon, which goes on an older recipe: implementing elements of the SUV world on hatchbacks and breaks. In addition to the black ornaments, Focus Active also has a discreetly raised ground guard, a modified chassis and a few specific amenities.
Specific aesthetics include black plastic finishes with a matt finish applied to wing bumpers, side sills and bumpers. The window frame and the longitudinal bars on the roof are also finished in black. Bumpers and side sills integrate an additional ornament that imitates aluminum. Focus Active Wagon is 30 millimeters higher at the front axle and 34 millimeters higher at the rear axle. The same changes are also applied to Focus Active in the hatchback version.
The interior brings a leather steering wheel along with the wiper nut and parking brake lever finished in the same material, along with glossy ornaments on the dashboard and on the door faces. The specific upholstery is sewn with blue thread, and the front seats have more generous pillows. The interior package is complemented by a set of specific mats.
The most exciting part of the Focus Active is the independent rear suspension SLA, which includes springs, shock absorbers, stabilizing bars and a geometry different from that of standard models. The SLA, Short-Long Arm acronym, refers to the asymmetrical suspension suspension arms to allow for a balance between comfort and sportiness, as well as better bumper resistance and reduced impact on comfort.
At the same time, the Focus Active models received two additional running modes, Slippery and Trail, which should change the response of the traction control system to surfaces covered with mud, ice, sand and snow.
The range of engines includes two EcoBoost three-cylinder in-line units and two EcoBlue diesel engines. Customers can buy the 1.0 EcoBoost engine with 125 or 150 hp, respectively the 1.5-liter and 120-liter or 2.0-liter and 150-liter for Focus Active. All-wheel drive is not available in this range, but an eight-speed automatic transmission for most versions or a six-speed manual transmission is offered.