We’re eagerly awaiting for the replacement of the aged and rather slow-selling Ford Ka supermini and recently a prototype of the Ka+ has been photographed while being undisguised.
The model is expected for an official introduction sometimes later this year and from the spy shots of the model, who got caught testing in India, we get a confirmation the model’s moniker will be the Ka+. This is most likely to better ascertain to the public the fact that Ka’s new generation is making a huge dimensional jump from the outgoing model’s three-door layout. In terms of design we can see an evolutionary approach and the model has no distinguishable differentiations from the Ford Figo manufactured in India and Brazil for certain markets.
The ongoing Ford Ka is based on the Fiat 500 and is made with its Italian brother in Poland – and as such it’s only available as a three-door hatch. The successor instead will turn to an exclusive five-door layout. The Figo is 3886-mm long, 1695-mm wide, 1525-mm tall, and comes with a 2491-mm wheelbase, so we’re expecting the exact same dimensions for the Ka+. This means it would grow by 266 mm in length, 37 mm in width, 20 mm in height and most importantly the rear passengers will be happy to find out the wheelbase has jumped by 190 mm. Of course, compared to the Figo, the Ka+ will bring a wholly different level of safety and the standard equipment list will be longer. In terms of powertrains, the turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost is a given, even without official confirmation.