The second largest US automaker has taken a different approach to its base model line, which morphs from an exclusive three-door hatchback into a more practical five-door, which is the reason for the “+” addition to the moniker.
While not as famous internationally as the Fiesta or Focus, the Ka nameplate is a long running source of big sales – especially in certain regions such as Europe or South America. The automaker contends the all new KA+ will deliver more interior space, better fuel economy and also enhanced fun-to-drive dynamics at an affordable price. The length has remained under four meters, but now there’s enough space for five persons and their luggage, and the Ka+ also introduces a new 1.2-litre Duratec petrol engine with twin-independent variable camshaft timing, delivering a fuel economy of 5.0 l/100 km (56.5 mpg), with respective CO2 emissions of 114 g/km. The model is already available for orders, with a starting price of €9,990 in Germany and £8,995 in the U.K.
The Ford Ka+ in Euro-spec has been developed based on the company’s global small-car architecture, with the model being shorter than a Fiesta but 29 millimeters taller to make sure it remains accommodating for the passengers. Practicality has been a focus on the KA+ it appears, as there is a 270-liter trunk, split 60/40 rear seats and no less than 21 stowage spaces spread throughout the interior. There’s a MyFord Dock in the centre of the instrument panel which can be used to store, mount and charge mobile devices such as phones and navigation systems and the exterior design comes in line with the latest styling strategy of the company. Upscale touches can be found both inside and outside – with chrome detailing for the door release handles, centre console control knobs and air vents as well as front grille, together with body-coloured bumpers, door handles and door mirrors.
Under the hood of the al-new Ford Ka+ Euro-spec a unique powertrain choice has been established – for now at least. It’s a new 1.2-litre Duratec petrol engine which can be had in two power flavors – 70 PS and 85 PS, while certain markets will additionally receive a special high-efficiency version of the latter for even better fuel economy. The Ka+ has been tuned for Europe, with a unique chassis specification that affected the steering system, springs and dampers, front anti-roll bar, rear torsion beam axle and tires, going along with a modified front sub-frame and engine mounts. Among the standard equipment amenities we can mention manual air conditioning, Ford’s SYNC voice-activated communications and entertainment system with AppLink for smartphone integration, power front windows and door mirrors, remote central locking, safety system with six airbags, Electronic Stability Control with Hill Start Assist, Speed Limiter, and Ford Easy Fuel. The higher-specced 85 PS version can also boast a plethora of optional goodies: electronic climate control, leather steering wheel with cruise control, heated front seats, DAB audio system, rear parking sensors, power rear windows and heated/power folding door mirrors, privacy glass and 15-inch alloy wheels.