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New Ford Ka for 2015

By raccars Published

The baby of the Ford line up, the Ka, is in line for a refurb in 2015, pictures of which were released this month. Although Ford has, for some reason, stuck a 'concept' tag onto the pictures, what they've shown us looks pretty production ready...

In fact, the new Ka shares some of its components with Ford's emerging markets economy vehicle, the Figo, of which 100,000 units were sold in Brazil in 2011. That has helped the company to compress development of the new Ka and keep it on track with the 'One Ford' international marketing strategy. With the Ka a fairly safe bet for strong sales in the European market already, Ford plans to give the new model a big push in the emerging markets, such as Asia and South America.

Corporate strategies aside, the new Ford Ka is notable mostly for its all new five door body shape. The Hyundai i10 and Renault Clio have followed a similar policy, with customers rejecting the lack of versatility of three door platforms. Stylistically a lot has changed too, with the Ka's characteristic round squatness giving way to a far more adult and conventional shape. The Ka is now quite clearly part of the same design family as the newest Fiesta and S-Max, with chic lines, trapezoid front grille and angled headlamps. It's smart enough but far less distinctive than the two previous generations.

What's not visible from the outside is the new platform architecture, which this time will not be a common component with the Fiat 500. Hopefully, this means the MkIII Ka will regain some of the entertaining chuckability that gained the original model a lot of fans. Also promising is the inclusion of Ford's EcoBoost turbo engine range.

The interior of the new Ka is much more generously provisioned than before, with plenty of modern, hi-tech features, such as a smartphone dock and 'Sync' interface plus big car quality air conditioning. Throw in class leading cabin space and fuel economy and Ford looks like it's onto a winner here. The biggest seller in the range is likely to be powered by the 79bhp three cylinder 1.0 litre EcoBoost unit, but with any luck, Ford will also donate the 123bhp unit for hot SportKa version.

The new Ka is due to hit British shores towards the end of 2015 and is expected to be priced at £8,000-£12,000. However at that price, there's going to be heavy competition in Europe among the cheaper but just as competent offerings from Dacia and MG and sophisticated city cars, like the VW Up and Hyundai i10.

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