Since the rise of crossovers and SUVs, the classic station wagon body style isn't as popular as it once was, at least outside of Europe. In a bid to broaden its appeal, Ford took a Ford Focus wagon, gave it a bit more ground clearance, put on some SUV-inspired styling bits and have called it the Ford Focus Active Wagon.
Now, Ford is already using the Active tag for the Focus, but that was for the hatchback model. With that, the wagon version of the Focus Active also gets the same styling treatment as its hatchback counterpart.
As mentioned, the Focus Active Wagon sits higher than the standard model, giving a bit more peace of mind when going over rougher roads or dirt paths. The entire lower half of the body is then clad in unpainted gray plastic, similar to other crossovers out in the market today. There are faux skid plates at the front and rear, and a silver trim piece on the sides. Roof rails are standard on the Focus Active Wagon, and so are unique five-spoke alloy wheels which are exclusive to this variant.
It doesn't come with all-wheel drive meaning the Focus Active Wagon is front-wheel drive only. Instead, it comes with two driving modes that can help enhance traction in low-traction situations, namely Slippery and Trail. In Slippery mode, the traction and stability control system adjust accordingly to the conditions, while Trail mode also adjusts the anti-lock brakes and helps the vehicle maintain momentum on loose surfaces such as deep sand or soft mud.
A wide variety of engines are available in the Ford Focus Active Wagon. It starts with the 125 PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, moving up to the 150 PS 1.5-liter EcoBoost, with the 182 PS version of the same 1.5-liter EcoBoost serving as the top of the line engine. Diesels are also available with the 1.5-liter engine making 120 PS and the 2.0-liter producing 150 PS.