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Ford Focus Estate (2010) at Geneva motor show

Mon, 01 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0800

By Tim Pollard

First Official Pictures

01 March 2010 17:41

Ford has shown off the new estate version of the Focus family on the eve of the 2010 Geneva motor show. The new Focus wagon is one of 10 bodystyles planned off Ford's new global C-segment architecture.

The new third-gen Focus family doesn't come to the UK until spring 2011, and although the estate is likely to make up only a small proportion of UK sales, it is set to be the second biggest selling bodystyle globally, predicts Ford.

New Ford Focus Estate (2010): the details

Remind you of a Mondeo estate? It does us, especially in profile. However, the new Focus Estate has a character of its own, with intriguing crease lines down the flank of the car. Like on modern Seats, the line is disrupted with different details picked out.

The estate has a roomy boot and a simple lift-up tailgate (which will be available with a powered option).

When can I buy the new Focus?

There's a bit of a wait; the five-door hatch goes on sale first in spring 2011, followed soon after by the estate. The first C-segment vehicles off the new platform will be the C-Max and Grand C-Max arriving in September 2010.

Ford of Europe chief John Fleming announced in Geneva that a new global performance derivative would join the Focus family, produced by Jost Capito the man behind the Focus RS and ST range. While those badges haven't yet been confirmed for Mk3, the new hot Focus will be a global car for the US as well as Europe, and will feature EcoBoost power.

The current 2.0-litre turbo direct injection EcoBoost engine develops 200bhp, but it can be tweaked up to 240bhp, insiders tell CAR.


By Tim Pollard