If you want to buy a Ford Focus ST-Line wagon, base model Ambiente, or a top-of-the range Titanium, you better get in quick. Once they’re gone, they’re gone.
Ford Australia has dropped four of the seven models from its Focus line-up, keeping only the more popular variants as it streamlines the range.
The company previously had six mainstream models. The Ford Focus Ambiente from $23,490 plus on-road costs (sold briefly and in limited numbers), the Trend from $26,490 plus on-road costs, the ST-Line from $29,490 plus on-road costs, the ST-Line wagon from $31,490 plus on-road costs, the Active from $30,490 plus on-road costs, and the Titanium from $34,990 plus on-road costs.
Last month, the Ford Focus range swelled to its seventh variant locally with the arrival of the ST hot hatch.
However, Ford Australia has today announced the local Focus line-up will now comprise only the ST-Line hatch and Active hatch – both priced from $30,990 plus on-road costs – and the flagship ST hot hatch priced from $44,690 plus on-road costs.
The price represents a $1500 increase for the Ford Focus ST-Line and a $500 increase for the Active.
The only options are a panorama sunroof ($2000), driver assistance package which includes radar cruise control, blind spot warning and rear cross traffic alert ($1250) and metallic paint ($650).
In exchange for the price rise, the Ford Focus ST-Line gains multi-link rear suspension rather than a basic I-beam, LED headlights, standard front parking sensors, and the addition of FordPass, a smartphone link that can locate, lock and unlock the car, request roadside assistance, and scan the owner’s manual, among other functions.
The Ford Focus ST-Line and Active are powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine (134kW/240Nm) paired to an eight-speed automatic and front-wheel drive.
The Ford Focus ST is powered by a 2.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder (206kW/420Nm) paired to a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic.
In a media statement, the president and CEO of Ford Australia and New Zealand, Kay Hart, said: “The Focus has a reputation as a driver’s car, so we are pleased to present a line-up that strongly reflects that. We’ve made the ST-Line an even better drive with its suspension upgrades, while the Active clearly reflects the outdoor adventurous spirit that its name implies with added practicality, too.”