Think hot wagon and the Subaru Levorg immediately comes to mind. With its 2.0-liter turbocharged boxer engine pushing out an impressive 268 PS with 350 Nm of torque, it's essentially a WRX wearing a wagon body.
It's practical and more spacious than typical hatchbacks or sedans, but it has more power to carry the entire family, and then some. With those features and figures in mind, the Levorg is in a league of its own. But what if it had some competition from a certain Blue Oval brand?
Say hello to the 2019 Focus ST Wagon. Developed by Ford Performance, the all-new Focus ST Wagon comes with the same driving fun factor as its hatchback counterpart, but is encased in a longer, more practical body.
Just like the hatchback version, the wagon features key ST add-ons like the huge honeycomb-style front grill, sportier front and rear bumpers, and the gun-metal alloy wheels. It even gets bigger disc brakes all around, as well as twin exhaust pipes at the back. There's also the body-hugging Recaro seats which pairs up nicely with the ST Wagon's agility.
Under the hood, a choice of gasoline and diesel power are available for the all-new Focus ST Wagon. First up is the 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline-four which pushes out 280 PS at 5500 rpm and 420 Nm of torque at 3000 rpm. A six-speed manual gearbox sends power to the front wheels although a seven-speed automatic is also available as an option.
The other engine is a 2.0-liter EcoBlue turbo-diesel. It puts out 190 PS at 3500 rpm and 400 Nm of torque at 2000 rpm. Unlike the EcoBoost which can be specified with an automatic transmission, the diesel-powered version can only come with a six-speed manual gearbox.
To keep the Focus ST Wagon on its toes, it comes equipped with the following: electronic limited-slip differential, rev-matching function, and selectrable Drive Modes.
While it's highly unlikely that Ford will bring back the Focus (or even offer the more powerful ST models) here in the Philippines, it would have been nice if they could have offered them in limited quantities. That way, the Subaru Levorg with its 2.0-liter turbo boxer engine will have some stiff competition.