Ford provides glimpse of new Ka

  • 04-Aug-2008 01:58 EDT
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The new Ka includes front-end styling that reflects the Ford marque's identity, but its hoodline is partly dictated by pedestrian safety requirements.

Keeping a new model totally secret becomes increasingly difficult as it approaches production and is road and track tested around the world. So Ford has given just a glimpse of its new Ka via three images but scanty factual detail.

Due to be officially unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October, the Ka follows the general concept of its long-lived predecessor that was launched at Paris in 1996. Total sales of that model topped 1.4 million units.

The new Ka, described by Ford as being "fun and funky," is to be produced alongside the new Fiat 500 at a plant in Tychy, Poland. Although the two cars will share similar underpinnings, the Ka is a distinctly different design created under the aegis of Ford of Europe Design Director, Martin Smith.

Engines are also to be shared, and it is likely that the Ka will be offered with a choice of 1.2- and 1.4-L gasoline units and Fiat’s 1.3-L Multijet diesel. Fiat has also been working on the development of downsized units including a turbocharged circa 900-cm³ engine, which could be suitable for both cars and provide ultra-green credentials.

The introduction of micro hybrid (stop-start) technology across its range is a Ford of Europe aim, and the little Ka would be a prime candidate.

The Ka is regarded by Ford as a city car, with particular appeal to younger buyers. Despite its city-car category, handling will have a sporty emphasis.

It reflects the company’s "kinetic design" aesthetic signature, and there are some visual cues that connect it to the outgoing model. The interior design is all new, with the focus on ergonomics and style.

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