We catch CR-V rival out in the cold getting ready for launch in 2008
19 March 2007

Ford’s much-anticipated Focus-sized 4x4 has been photographed up to its wheelnuts in snow during winter testing. The junior off-roader, the name of which is still unconfirmed by Ford, takes its design cues from last year’s Iosis-X Paris show concept, and is being designed to take on established soft-roader rivals such as the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. The car shares its wheelbase with the five-door Focus and will be the next major unveiling to use Ford’s 'kinetic design' language. Despite this prototype’s heavy cladding, you can see that the Iosis-X’s high-mounted door mirrors have been dropped for more conventional units, and designers have adopted Ford's trademark twin-trapezoidal twin front grilles.Engines will include 1.6-, 1.8- and 2.0-litre petrol units as well as Ford’s excellent 2.0-litre TDCi diesel. This prototype’s twin exhaust pipes also suggest that Ford is planning a range-topping performance version, most likely to use the 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo motor found in the S-Max and Focus ST.Although it will offer full-time four-wheel drive, the Focus 4x4 will be front-wheel-drive in normal conditions, distributing power rearwards via a multi-plate clutch only when there is loss of traction at the front. Ford also wants its 4x4 to have a relatively low ride height and be engineered to offer better on-road ability than off, in the hope that it will appeal to keen drivers.The Focus 4x4 will be on sale early next year, starting at around £18,000.

Jon Quirk

Our Verdict

Ford Focus 2011-2014

Can the Ford Focus capture the hearts and minds of hatchback buyers?

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Volvo V90
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The Volvo V90 is a big estate ploughing its own furrow. We’re about to see if it is refreshing or misguided
  • Kia Stonic
    First Drive
    18 October 2017
    Handsome entrant into the bulging small crossover market has a strong engine and agile handling, but isn’t as comfortable or complete as rivals
  • Hyundai Kona
    First Drive
    18 October 2017
    Hyundai's funky-looking Kona crossover with a peppy three-cylinder engine makes all the right noises for the car to be a success in a crowded segment
  • Citroën C3 Aircross
    First Drive
    17 October 2017
    The Citroen C3 Aircross has got funky looks and a charming interior, but it's another small SUV, and another dynamic miss. Numb steering is just one thing keeping it from class best
  • Skoda-Karoq 2.0 TDI 4x4
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Diesel version of Skoda’s junior SUV is unobtrusive and undemanding, but we’d still go for the silkier petrol version of the Karoq