Soft-road Focus

Ford is set to bolster its newly arrived Focus line-up with the Subaru XV-alike Focus Active. In aiming for ĎSUV-inspiredí styling, the five-door hatch gains 34mm of extra ground clearance, front and rear skid plates, unique front and rear bumpers and black wheelarch cladding. Itís still a front-driver, though. The Focus Active comes packed with driver assist technology including AEB, as well as infotainment features centred on Fordís Sync3 system, and will be priced at $29,990 as a 1.5 turbo triple with eight-speed auto, putting it smack in the middle of the new Focus range.