The next-generation Ford Ka is taking shape, and as you can see from our spy shot, it’s set to be larger than the current car.
That’s due to Ford’s desire to transform the Ka from a fashion-led three-door into a practical, value-for-money city car. The prototype model’s five-door layout will both boost practicality and keep costs down.
That money-saving approach extends to the chassis, which is thought to be derived from the Ford Figo – a budget hatch for developing markets.
The Figo’s platform can be traced to the previous Fiesta’s, but by using thin, high-strength steel throughout, Ford believes it can make a lightweight city car platform. The company’s 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine will feature, in both turbo and naturally aspirated forms. Expect to see the new Ka unveiled early next year, with prices starting from £8,500.
In order to justify its place in the Ford line-up, and take on the likes of the VW up!, the new Ka will need to be lighter and more fuel-efficient than the Fiesta. Speaking exclusively to Auto Express, Andrew Fraser, Ford’s head of petrol engine development, explained: “The old Fiesta platform will need remodelling. By shortening it and using thinner-gauge steels where possible, we should be able to make it much lighter.”
Expect to see the new Ka unveiled early next year, with prices starting from £8,500.