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2014 Ford Ka near-production concept revealed

Looks as expected

The first images with the Ford Ka concept have been published online, following the car's reveal in Brazil.

There were rumors about the Ka's demise but last month we saw some spy photos with a small Ford prototype and we assumed it was the Ka. It turns out we were right as the Blue Oval company won't kill the Ka after all since they just unveiled a near-production concept in Brazil which previews the next generation set to go on sale next year.

It looks exactly as you would expect, like a shrunken Fiesta with the now familiar Aston Martin-like front grille and other typical Ford cues. The car appears to be pretty much production-ready, except maybe for the headlights which resemble the ones seen on the Escort concept.

Full specifications were not released but Brazilian media is reporting the car will have a naturally-aspirated 1.0-liter three-cylinder with 80 HP (59 kW), along with a 1.5-liter rated at 111 HP (82 kW) when running on ethanol and 107 HP (79 kW) when using gasoline.

It is scheduled to go on sale at first in Brazil and after that in other emerging markets. Ford could decide to bring it to Europe as well.

Source: Ford

FORD UNVEILS ALL-NEW GLOBAL SMALL CAR CONCEPT IN BRAZIL

  • Ford Ka Concept envisions a robust, cleverly designed and fuel-efficient new choice for urban consumers
  • Strengthens Ford’s portfolio of offerings to seize the opportunities generated by fast-growing global demand for compact cars
  • Extends Ford Brazil’s track record in developing attainable vehicles built on global platforms that are within reach of the emerging class of consumers in fast-growing markets around the world

The all-new Ford Ka Concept – a sleek, compact hatchback that features bold design, quality engineering and innovative technologies – envisions a new choice for entry-level urban consumers in Brazil and other key markets around the world.

Introduced here today, Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford opened the ceremony at Ford’s Northeast Industrial Complex in Camaçari before an audience of consumers, media and employees. In addition to visiting Ford’s Brazil operations, Bill Ford was in South America to celebrate the company’s 100-year anniversary in Argentina later in the week.

“Ford has a long history in Brazil, bringing development, jobs and growth to the region,” said Bill Ford. “As an integral part of our global growth strategy, we are committed to bringing world-class products to Brazil and to helping the region create global vehicles for the rest of the world.”

Ka Concept expands Ford’s portfolio of compact car offerings. The vehicle strategically positions the company to address global demand for sub-B compact vehicles, a segment that is projected to increase to approximately 6.2 million vehicles by 2017. Anticipated to grow by 35 percent from 2012 to 2017, this compact vehicle segment would far outpace the industry growth rate by 12 percentage points largely on the back of surging demand from urban consumers in developing countries.

A strong precursor to an all-new global compact car from Ford, a vehicle such as the Ka Concept could launch in 2014. Designed with many features normally reserved for more expensive vehicles, it offers class-leading fuel economy, a roomy interior with comfortable seating for five, best-in-class air conditioning, and a host of useful technologies such as a central docking station for mobile devices and Ford SYNC®. These are amenities that are important for compact car buyers who are demanding an ever more robust package of features at an attainable price.

“The Ford Ka Concept is aimed at customers in growth markets who want and expect more,” said Joe Hinrichs, president of The Americas for Ford Motor Company, who was on hand to unveil the new concept vehicle. “It will delight consumers with its sleek design, clever technology, attention-to-detail quality and superb craftsmanship. It also shows the continued importance of our South American design and engineering capabilities to serve markets around the world. It’s truly another global design and engineering milestone for Ford.”

The Ka Concept is the second vehicle developed by Ford Brazil following the highly successful EcoSport compact utility. It represents a critical entry in emerging markets such as South America and South Asia, which will jointly make up 44 percent of the global sub-B compact vehicle segment by 2017. The Ka Concept positions Ford as a strong option and exemplifies the company’s One Ford pledge to serve customers in all markets with a full family of vehicles.

From a design standpoint, the Ka Concept offers many global Ford design cues including the trapezoidal front grille and detailed surface lines, which reflect the design DNA of Ford’s next generation of global vehicles. The raked hood communicates efficiency and precision, while bold, elongated headlamps add to the long, lean look of the body. Sweeping, curved lines moving from the front of the vehicle to the rear create a sense of movement. The roofline rises from the rear to the trunk lid, where a spoiler, pronounced lines and large taillamps add a strong visual element.

The Ford Ka Concept features a best-in-class interior design with quality craftsmanship not often found in such an attainable vehicle. Inventive features include a shoe console side stowage that complements a device-docking station that will serve as the driver’s connection point to the world of mobility.

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Comments (22)

 brsepultura brsepultura
Hey guys, most of you are missing the point. This car is meant for the brazilian market. It will replace something hideous, not the european Ka. Check out the outgoing model:
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November 14, 2013 7:29 pm
 TomasramonCorrea TomasramonCorrea
I like the front, the rear looks like any of the Hyundai or Kia smaller cars.
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November 14, 2013 10:06 am
 Madness Madness
Its not a bad looking car, it looks like the love-grandchild of the Cygnet, Polo, i20 and new micra.
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November 13, 2013 6:08 pm
 NickStewart NickStewart
What a miserable looking little car.
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November 13, 2013 3:31 pm
 automophile83 automophile83
I'm from the U.S. so i don't know much about the Ka but is there really that much of a following for this car over there? i would have nothing to say about it if there weren't so much outrage about the design of a sub-compact people carrier. Not even the mustang has these kind of outrage in the states. Its just a Ka. It won't be drawing that many looks anyway.
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November 13, 2013 2:24 pm
 HermanCampbell HermanCampbell
Way to ruin the Ka
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November 13, 2013 12:59 pm
 peterjames7 peterjames7
Looks like new micra with slimmer headlights. ..this is terrible doesnt even look like a city car anymore
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November 13, 2013 6:09 am
 f1fan2009 f1fan2009
why does it look like an i20?
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November 13, 2013 5:30 am
 alihijazi alihijazi
overall looks like SKODA fabia, front is trying to imitate an Aston Martin; one way to ruin the Name KA
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November 13, 2013 5:02 am
 saytamaner saytamaner
Ford, if you really have to produce this, please pay some respect to the original design and do not use the Ka name.
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November 13, 2013 4:48 am
 JekDude JekDude
I prefer the front end on this to the fiesta as the grill is better proportioned. But it's a shame that the KA is going 'mainstream'. I felt this could have been the DS3 to the MINI in the Ford KA - Fiat 500 relationship if they played their cards right. :/
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November 13, 2013 3:31 am
 tomi.ro tomi.ro
aston martin cygnet evolved into a 4 door small car :))
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November 13, 2013 3:22 am