Ford Focus ST-Line and Active orders close in Australia, stock limited


The final examples of the standard Ford Focus will reach Australia by February 2022, as the nameplate prepares to make the hot hatch ST the sole variant from April next year.


Time is running out for small-car shoppers looking for a new 2021 Ford Focus ST-Line or Active, as order books have closed for Ford’s last non-performance Focus variants in Australia – and production will end in the coming months.

Six months from the updated Focus ST’s arrival, order books for the defunct ST-Line and Active variants have now closed – leaving only existing orders to be filled before Australian production ceases for all pre-facelift Focus variants in December 2021.

The final vehicles – across all four variants (ST-Line, Active, ST-1 and ST-3) – are expected to arrive in Australia by February 2022, pending any further delays. While Ford Australia wouldn’t be drawn on production numbers, Drive understands a total of a few hundred cars will reach local shores over the coming months.

Above: 2019 Ford Focus ST-Line, identical to the 2021 model bar its headlights.

With 662 Focus examples reported as sold in the first 10 months of 2021, the final shipments of cars should keep showrooms ticking over until the facelifted Focus ST’s launch next April.

Priced from $30,990 before on-road costs, the Focus ST-Line and Active are the sole remaining members (excluding the ST) of what was once a seven-strong Ford small-car range, covering ‘standard’ Trend, ST-Line, Active and Titanium hatchbacks, ST-Line wagon, and the hero ST.

Opening with four variants at launch in late 2018, the Active joined the line-up in early 2019, followed by the introduction and swift discontinuation of a price-leader Ambiente model in mid-2019. The ST then followed in the second quarter of 2020, as the flagship of the new range.

In June 2020, the Trend and Titanium hatchbacks saw the axe – along with the ST-Line wagon – with the remaining ST-Line and Active variants (bar ST) gaining new features and a $1000 to $2000 price hike. A limited-run, pre-facelift ST-3 variant will arrive in Australia over the coming months.

All fourth-generation Focus variants – with the exception of the 206kW/420Nm ST and 91kW/150Nm Ambiente – have shared a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder ‘EcoBoost’ petrol engine, sending 134kW and 240Nm to the front wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Above: 2022 Ford Focus, in Australia-bound ST (green) and European ST-Line (blue) forms.

Sales of the Ford Focus in Australia have been steadily declining in recent years, with the latest sales figures listing 662 examples reported as sold between January and October 2021.

That sees it account for just 0.8 per cent of the mainstream small car segment, and just a fraction of the numbers posted by the Toyota Corolla (25,393), Hyundai i30 (21,080) and Mazda 3 (12,566).

It represents a 61.1 per cent drop over the 1703 Focus vehicles sold over the same period last year, and less than 12 per cent of the 5628 examples sold by Ford Australia in the first 10 months of 2016.

The Focus ST-Line and Active’s demise will leave the Focus ST and smaller Fiesta ST performance cars as the only remaining hatchbacks in local Ford showrooms, after the Blue Oval’s local arm opted only to import the go-fast ST version of the latest-generation Fiesta city car.

For full details on the 2021 Ford Focus ST-Line and Active’s axing, click here to read the full story.

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines as a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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