Ford is readying a range of additional variants of the fourth-generation Focus, such as the Focus ST, as well as an off-road styled SUV. Another variant should be a Focus Active wagon, as suggested by these photos.

Our spy photographers have caught this test mule in the UK, and it appears to look completely undisguised. Right off the bat, one can tell that it sits taller than the conventional estate model, with plastic cladding that go around the car. This design approach is very much like the Audi Allroad and Volkswagen Alltrack, and reports suggest that it sits 30 mm taller than the standard Focus estate.

It’s unclear what lurks underneath the bonnet, but Ford is offering two EcoBoost petrol and two EcoBlue diesel engines for the Focus in Europe. The petrol units are a 1.0 litre EcoBoost that has been reengineered and is available in 85 PS, 100 PS and 125 PS output tunes, as well as a new 1.5 litre three-cylinder EcoBoost unit which makes either 150 PS and 182 PS, and both feature cylinder deactivation.

The two EcoBlue diesels are of the 1.5 litre and 2.0 litre variety, the all-new 1.5 litre oil burner coming in 95 PS and 120 PS output tunes (both with 300 Nm) and the 2.0 litre in a solitary 150 PS ad 370 Nm guise. In terms of partnering transmissions, there are two, a six-speed manual and a new eight-speed automatic gearbox, which is available for the first time on the Focus.

Expect the Focus Active wagon to debut by the end of the year, if not sometime in 2019. What do you think of this, guys? Do you like the “taller wagon, shorter SUV” look?