Ford has said it plans to sell more than 10,000 Focus S sedans in the U.K. in 2017, the first car from the automaker’s new compact crossover.
That’s up from more than 5,000 Ford Focus vehicles already on the market, including some of the company’s pricier models, including the F-150 pickup and the FWD Titan.
Ford said in a statement to the AP it plans more than $40 million in U and Canadian sales for the new Focus S sedan, which will be sold in North American markets and in the United Kingdom.
The automaker said that would include a $5,000 federal tax credit on sales of the Focus S in the first quarter of 2018.
The Focus S, which retails for $37,995 in the UK, has been a divisive product for Ford and the automaking industry.
Ford executives and executives from the auto parts and service industry have been pushing for the car to be built in the US, and Ford CEO Mark Fields has repeatedly insisted that Ford will keep manufacturing and selling the Focus in the USA, where the company has the largest number of assembly facilities.
Ford has said that in addition to the tax credit, Focus S buyers will get a new driver assistance system that includes blind spot detection, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, lane change warning, rear cross traffic alert and a radar-equipped rear view camera.
Ford’s Focus S has a 4.2-liter V6 turbocharged engine that generates 1,400 horsepower and 800 lb-ft of torque.
That engine also produces 315 hp and 450 lb-hp from a 3.8-liter turbocharged V6 that generates 2,600 hp and 1,500 lb-force.