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It seems Ford isn’t just about ready to showcase the all-new generation Focus at the upcoming 2018 Geneva Motor Show, and instead it’s bringing the refreshed model range of its most basic offering in Europe – the Ka+.

The Blue Oval’s entry level model for Europe is arriving this spring with a facelift, and is also making sure even SUV fans have reason to select the new Ka+ – thanks to the arrival of the rugged-looking Active version. It follows in the footsteps of the Fiesta Active that arrived last year along with the new generation, and it’s stretching the limits of the crossover class because the only changes include the traditional plastic body cladding, along with a reworked suspension setup.

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The latter includes a 23 millimeters lift, wider tracks and also an enlarged front anti-roll bar, while Ford’s engineers also modified the electronic power steering for a different feel. The Active also features different settings for the dampers in order to provide a more comfortable ride when encountering not so great roads, along with the Active Rollover Prevention system now making sure it handles safely the instances when luggage gets strapped to the roof.

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Aside from the all-new Active version, the rest of the changes to the Ka+ lineup include the introduction of a new 1.5-liter turbodiesel engine packing 94 horsepower and a maximum torque of 215 Newton-meters (159 pound-feet) from 1,750 rpm. The new version also features the “Smart Regenerative Charging” system that will automatically recharge the battery during breaking and coasting. The petrol fans will be glad to hear the dated 1.2-liter Duratec has been exchanged for an all-new Ti-VCT engine that will be offered in 69 hp or 84 hp variants.