Do you want a new Ford hatchback? Well, you don’t have to for much longer as the 2022 Ford Fusion makes a return. The Ford Fusion Active could fill the gap in your heart that the Fusion sedan, Fiesta, and Focus left.
Starting from £21,900, the Focus Active commands a premium of £2,250 over the regular Focus in Zetec trim, but you do get extra equipment, as well as those revised looks and suspension. Compared to the normal fourth-generation Focus, the Active model sits 30 millimeters (1.18 inches) higher and benefits from front and rear skid plates to further enhance that crossover-ized look. New 2020 Ford Focus Active AWD, Crossover, USA – The latest traditional greatest-vendor inside the small class, the enjoyment-to-generate 2020 Ford Focus Active can be obtained being an inexpensive sedan or perhaps being an adaptable hatchback. Quite a number of automakers have a habit of jacking up front-driven hatchbacks, and a few of them even have the nerve to refer to these vehicles as crossovers. The Focus Active is far from one.
The 2022 Ford Fusion was spotted
According to MotorAuthority, a new Ford hatchback was captured in spy shots. It’s expected to be the 2022 Ford Fusion, but it’s heavily covered in camouflage. You can only see the outline and tires.
It looks like it has a mid-size shape with a higher ground clearance. The roof also slopes down toward the back and meets a flat end, like a hatchback. The new Fusion almost looks like it adopted the shape of the Prius or Mazda CX-3. Only it could be sportier with its taller ride height.
Rumors suggest that the Ford Fusion Active could be a new soft-roader vehicle. It’s designed to challenge other tall wagons like the Subaru Outback and Buick Regal TourX. Also, Active is the nameplate that Ford uses to sell similar soft-roaders overseas like the Fiesta Active and Focus Active.
What to expect with the Ford Fusion Active
The Ford Focus Active was supposed to be imported from China, but the trade war put an end to that plan. Ford needed to switch gears and focus on trucks, SUVs, and EVs instead of sedans to meet a broader range of vehicle needs.
On previous test models, Ford engineers used a stretched body from the Focus Wagon sold overseas. Its shape can give us major clues as to how the new Fusion will look. However, its underpinnings are expected to be updated to the updated version of Ford’s CD4 platform.
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This platform is for mid-size cars and leaves room for front-wheel-drive, all-wheel-drive, and plug-in hybrid powertrains. This will help Ford expand the number of electric vehicles they plan to offer.
But an alternative option includes the stretched version of the compact C2 platform that was used on older Focus models sold outside of the United States a few years back. That would explain why engineers used a stretched Focus wagon body instead of the larger Fusion-based Mondeo wagon. That wagon is also sold overseas.
When will we learn more about the Ford Fusion?
The new Ford Fusion is expected to arrive toward the end of 2021 as it’s a 2022 model. So hopefully, more updates will roll out by the spring. Until we learn more, we can only speculate about the interior.
There’s no telling about the width of the dash or how it will relate to the Ford Mustang Mach-E. The Mustang Mach-E is currently the only vehicle that isn’t a truck, SUV, or van that’s sold in Ford’s North American lineup.
The 2022 Ford Fusion could be an economical option in comparison to offer shoppers more options. Perhaps it can be thought of as the Mach-E light. It should have more power than the Ford EcoSport, but we will see how it compares to the Ford Escape and other mid-size options.
No clues have been revealed about the powertrains, but it’s safe to expect a turbocharged four-cylinder option and perhaps a V6 option, along with a hybrid variant.
Ford has unveiled a new crossover car that it says retains the new Focus driving dynamics while also offering the versatility of an SUV. The Focus Active has a bespoke chassis configuration, and comes in five-door hatchback and estate body styles. New selectable drive mode options include bespoke Slippery and Trail modes. Roof rails come as standard.
Equipped as standard with Ford’s short long arm (SLA) independent rear suspension configuration, the Focus Active chassis features unique springs, dampers, stabilizer bars and front and rear knuckle geometries, alongside a ride height raised 30mm (1.18in) at the front and 34mm (1.34in) at the rear over the standard Focus.
The SLA system is designed to optimize comfort and response, and features an isolated subframe that delivers balance between front and rear compliance over larger bumps in the road, for a smoother ride.
Multicompound bushes feature different stiffness characteristics when stressed in different directions, for better isolation of smaller bumps and improved noise, vibration and harshness. A unique SLA geometry for the wagon model repositions the dampers helping the vehicle remain agile and responsive even with a fully loaded boot, and maximizing boot space with a wider load-floor area.
“Ford SUV sales grew more than 19% in October year over year, and SUVs now account for more than one in five Ford vehicles sold in Europe,” said Roelant de Waard, vice president of marketing, sales and service at Ford of Europe.
“Our Active family of crossover models offers a further compelling SUV-style option for customers. The all-new Focus Active does more than just look the part – its bespoke chassis and new selectable drive mode options deliver genuine rough-road capability for families who want to explore off the beaten track.”
For improved rough road ride and durability, 17in (43.18cm) alloy wheels are fitted with higher-profile 215/55 R17 tires; 18in (45.72cm) wheels with 215/50 R18 tires are also available. The new Slippery and Trail selectable drive modes join the Normal, Sport and Eco modes that come as standard on all Focus models.
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Slippery mode adjusts ESC and traction control settings for increased confidence on surfaces with reduced grip such as mud, snow and ice. It is designed to reduce straight-ahead wheel spin, including when pulling away from stationary, and deliver a more passive throttle response.
Trail mode is intended to help maintain momentum on soft surfaces such as sand. It adjusts anti-lock braking to allow greater wheel slip, configures traction control to allow higher wheel spin that cleans sand, snow or mud from the tires, and delivers a more passive throttle response.
The Focus Active includes driver assistance technologies introduced to the all-new Focus earlier in 2018. These include Adaptive Cruise Control, now enhanced with Stop & Go, Speed Sign Recognition and Lane Centering; Evasive Steering Assist, which helps drivers steer around stopped or slower vehicles; a head-up display; and Active Park Assist 2.
Powertrain options include 1.0-liter or 1.5-liter EcoBoost petrol engines delivering up to 182ps, and 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter EcoBlue diesel engines delivering up to 150ps. Powertrains are supported by standard Auto Start-Stop for reduced running costs; and 6-speed manual or new 8-speed automatic transmissions. The 8-speed automatic adapts to different driving styles to optimize gear changes.
Manufactured at Ford’s Saarlouis assembly facility in Germany, the new Ford Focus Active crossover is available to order for delivery from January 2019, in Active and Active X series, five-door and estate models.
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The Focus Active is the third in Ford’s new family of Active crossover models, following the introduction of the Fiesta Active and KA+ Active models earlier in 2018.