Off-roader styling and increased ride height, but no all-wheel drive
Ford has added the Active Wagon to its Focus range in Europe, expanding its range of pseudo crossover models to four on the continent.
Like the Focus Active hatch, the wagon variant features off-road styling, although there's no mention of all-wheel drive. Like the hatch, the Active wagon seems to be a front-wheel drive only affair.
Design differences compared to the regular wagon include revised front and rear bumpers, plenty of grey plastic and silver highlights, more prominent side sills, and wheel arch protectors.
To give the car a little bit of off-road ability, Ford has added Slippery and Trail options to the Active's selectable drive modes. There's no extra off-roading hardware, but the two modes tweak the car's power delivery and stability control to better suit the road surface.
As with the hatchback, the wagon's ride height has been raised by 30mm at the front and 34mm at the rear. Depending on grade, it rides on 17-inch wheels paired with 215/55 tyres, or 18-inch rims fitted with 215/50 rubber.
In its home market, the Active wagon will be offered with two turbocharged petrol engines: a 92kW 1.0-litre three-cylinder, and a 110kW 1.5-litre four-pot. An 88kW 1.5-litre turbo-diesel is also offered.
Buyers can choose between a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission.
Available features include Sync 3 infotainment system with an 8.0-inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bang & Olufsen sound system, hands-free tailgate, adaptive cruise control, parking assistance, and adaptive headlights.
At the moment, Ford is keeping its Active range to one: the Focus hatch. The company said it's "launching the Focus Active in hatch form only at this stage. The Focus wagon will remain ST-Line only for the foreseeable future" in a statement.