Ford has reportedly cancelled plans to import the Focus Active in response to steep tariffs on products built in China. We'll update this page in the event that changes.
Ford is planning big changes for its model line, including dropping all car models except for the Mustang while introducing an all-new Focus variant. That new model is none other than the 2020 Ford Focus Active, based on the Focus hatchback. When the new model launches in the US in late 2019, it will also begin the Focus’ fourth generation. Here’s what we know about the Focus Active.
The Ford Focus Active is based on a family of compact models, including a sedan, hatchback and a wagon. Unfortunately, we’ll only see the one body style in the US — a raised hatchback or crossover with unique front and rear trim and extra body cladding. Gone are the other Focus models, including the performance versions, the ST and RS.
The new Focus platform features a new chassis, suspension system and torsional rigidity increased by 20 percent. Ground clearance is raised by 1.18 inches, but it isn’t for serious off-road pursuits. Ford is targeting the Subaru Crosstrek, but without all-wheel drive, at least not initially.
The Focus Active’s interior will be a clean departure from the current model. A large display panel will dominate the center stack, located at the very top where the stack meets the dashboard.
Expect all the tech goodies we’re accustomed to in Ford products, including SYNC telematics, wireless charging and a Wi-Fi hotspot. A variety of audio packages should accompany each trim.
Among available safety features, Ford will offer an adaptive front lighting system for improved visibility while rounding corners. Adaptive cruise control with enhanced stop and go, speed sign recognition and lane-centering technology are other driver-assist features. We’ll also likely see evasive steering assist, technology that will help drivers steer around stopped or slower vehicles to avoid collisions.
Under the hood, we are likely to see at least two engine choices, including a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder and a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Ford has also show a 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel four-cylinder engine, but we’re not certain that it will make it to the US.
Likely, a six-speed manual gearbox will be offered as well as an eight-speed automatic transmission. Performance specifications and dimensions information are still pending.
Stay tuned for a full overview closer to launch.
Pricing & Release Date
Expect Ford to sell down its stock of the current Focus by early next year. The new model will follow months later, built in China for the US market.
Official pricing has not yet been announced. We'll update this page based on the latest information.
Pictured: All-New Focus Active