New Ford Focus Estate on sale in May

Deliveries for the more practical version of the new 2011 Ford Focus will take place in May 2011, two months after the first Ford Focus hatchback models were delivered to customers in the UK.

“Ford dealers across Europe are seeing strong demand as they launch the new Focus range, with well over 20,000 customer orders by early April – and this figure is rising fast," said Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing Sales and Service at Ford of Europe.

“New Ford Focus brings class-leading levels of technology, design and driving quality to the medium car market, and the estate will deliver these same qualities to an even broader group of customers," he added.

However, he also confirmed the ‘great driving dynamics’ from the hatchback version would be replicated in the estate version.

The Ford Focus Estate is expected to take up more than one in seven Focus models sold in the UK once it goes on sale. Slightly longer than the hatchback, the estate styling increases the load area to 476 litres and includes folding rear seats to extend this to 1,502 litres if needed.

Ford has tweaked the suspension layout and lowering the floor height to accommodate wider loads and allow easy loading of the rear end.

It will also be available with accessories such as luggage nets, dog guards and cross bar fittings to carry luggage, bicycles and other equipment on the roof.

However, the engine range used in the five-door model is retained for the estate, with Ford’s 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine topping the petrol choices and a range of diesels offering CO2 emissions as low as 109g/km for ECOnetic versions.

New Ford Focus Estate prices start from £17,100 for Edge models. Zetec, Titanium and Titanium X models start from £18,100, £19,850 and £22,350 respectively.