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New Ford Ka For 2014

By raccars Published

Among the many goodies Ford has hitting the market next year is an updated version of its Ka city car. The new Ka has recently been spotted undergoing testing near Ford's Cologne engineering centre in Germany.

The previous generations of Ford Ka have made much of its fashion credentials but the newer version will apparently be more practical. The earlier, three door format will give way to a five door version only, promising more interior space and better value for money.

The current model rides on the same platform as the Fiat 500, but updates will base the new car on Ford's Figo, a Fiesta-esque hatchback sold in developing markets. The new Ka will also be sold worldwide for the first time, as part of the company's One Ford global product strategy.

To remain competitive with modern rivals such as the VW Up! and the plethora of super economical hybrids and battery powered city cars, the Ka will need to be even lighter and more efficient than ever and justify its position in the line up below the mega successful Fiesta. The Figo platform will be adjusted to suit, reduced in length and made with thinner gauge steel, as much as possible to help reduce weight.

Despite the shared components, the new Ka won't be using the Figo's design language, nor will it resemble the old Fiesta, which the car is based upon. The new Fiesta has been spotted testing at the same time and was apparently quite distinct from and larger than the Ka.

The Ka is unlikely to benefit from a diesel variant, so expect the engine range to include the award winning Ford EcoBoost three cylinder unit with 79bhp. Ford currently has no plans to experiment with a two cylinder petrol version in the Ka, although for a while, the economical Fiat TwinAir unit was also considered.

Industry watchers expect the car to reach production readiness within the next eight or so months, so a March 2014 reveal at the Geneva Motor Show looks likely.

A new Focus is also set to make its debut next year, probably a little earlier at January's Detroit Motor Show, while the next Mondeo is due at the end of 2014 and Chinese customers are being treated to a revival of the Escort name. While the development of a new Fiesta is underway, Ford has been reticent about details so far.

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