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Ford Focus Active delayed until June

Local division confirms mid-year launch for jacked-up Focus, set to take on the likes of the Nissan Qashqai and Subaru XV.
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Ford Australia has delayed the launch of its new Focus Active crossover until June, after previously being slated for a March arrival Down Under.

The Blue Oval was unable to confirm exactly why the new model has been delayed, either – much like the Fiesta ST hot hatch, which is now scheduled to arrive very late this year.

Despite this, we already have pricing and specs for the German-sourced Subaru XV rival, announced back in November last year.

Starting at $29,990 before on-road costs, the Focus Active is positioned smack bang in the middle of the small SUV segment, currently dominated by the likes of the Mitsubishi ASX and Mazda CX-3.

Key standard features include a raised ride height (+34mm) compared to the standard hatchback, and off-road styled body kit with contrasting bumper trims and skid plate-like inserts front and rear, along with model-specific 17-inch alloy wheels.

Other confirmed specification highlights include the 8.0-inch Sync 3 infotainment system with satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Nordic Blue contrast stitching on the fabric upholstery, keyless entry with push-button start, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane keep assist, and a rear-view camera.

Like the ST-Line hatchback and wagon, the Active is available with a handful of options, including the Driver Assistance Pack ($1250) and Design Pack ($1800), along with a panoramic sunroof ($2000) and premium paint ($650).

Read the full pricing and specifications breakdown here.