The third generation Ford Ka, already on sale in Brazil since last year, has been spied in France by AutoWeek reader Maurice van Kempen.
The second generation model is developed by Fiat based on the Fiat Mini platform that also underpins the Fiat 500 and Panda. It’s also built by Fiat, at its facility in Poland alongside the 500. The current model is said to be discontinued this year.
With the third generation, the Ka becomes a 5-door hatchback. When the all-new model was introduced in 2014, reports emerged claiming that it will go on sale in the UK in late 2015.
Running a check of the UK registration plate confirms that the car is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine. In Brazil, the mini car is offered with 1.0- and 1.5-litre petrol engines, neither being turbocharged EcoBoost ones. The prototype seen here could be shipped from India where it’s due to be offered with a 1.2-litre Ti-VCT petrol engine, later this year. Ford has also announced a compact sedan for that market with the new engine.
In Europe, the 1.2L could be strapped to the standard variants, while the 1.0-litre EcoBoost could be reserved to the higher-specced models. Transmission options could include 5-speed manual and 6-speed dual clutch automatic. One can also expect Ford technologies like SYNC, MyKey and Powershift on its smallest model.
Ford could import the Euro-spec Ka, like it does with the EcoSport, from the newly opened export-focused plant in Sanand, India. If that’s the case, the Euro-spec model could debut as early as at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in September and go on sale in late 2015/early 2016 as MY2016 model.
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