The new Ford Focus estate version will soon be on sale, with full production underway now.
The new model, built in Germany, is being shipped to dealers for sale from late May 2011. Two bodystyles will be available for customers to choose from - five-door and estate. In the UK market, 15 per cent of all Ford Focus customers are expected to choose the estate model.
The new Ford Focus estate comes as standard with full-length integrated aluminium roof rails, enhancing the kinetic design while the tailgate features a compact roof spoiler.
The interior has been designed to provide plenty of space for passengers and luggage alike. The estate shares the same wheelbase as the five door Ford Focus at 2,648mm, but in order to provide the larger load area, overall length has been increased to 4,556mm. The result means extra space whilst retaining the overall dimensions of the Ford Focus.
With the rear seats up, the Ford Focus estate provides a luggage area of 476 litres. With a 'flip and fold' mechanism to push the seat cushion forward and a 60/40 split, the flat load platform is increased to 1,502 litres.
The suspension features inclined monotube dampers which allows for the lowest possible floor height whilst also maximising load with between the wheel arches, providing a maximum load width of 1,149mm which is an increase of 119mm when compared to the five door model.
A variety of accessories are available for the load compartment, including floor liner mats and luggage nets to dog guards and load retention barriers. Dedicated cross bar fittings allow the roof bars to be used to transport everything from bicycles to skis.
Rear seat belt minders alert the driver if rear passengers aren't belted in and the rear door child locks are power operated.
Powertrains for the Ford Focus estate are the same as for the five door model and include a new 150PS 1.6 litre Ford EcoBoost turbocharged direct injection petrol engine and a choice of improved Duratorq TDCi common-rail diesel engines, all offering reductions in fuel consumption compared to the outgoing model.
All vehicles with the 1.6 litre Ford EcoBoost petrol and 1.6-litre TDCi diesel engines come equipped with Auto-Start-Stop, and in the case of the diesel model, means CO2 emissions of 109g/km.Published 10 May 2011