Ford’s smallest car on sale today will be available from early 2017 in a slightly more rugged configuration.

Similar in philosophy with the VW cross up!, the new Ford Ka Trail is a pint-sized five-door hatchback with some crossover cues. It’s sitting slightly higher than the regular model as a result of a jacked-up suspension enabling a more generous ground clearance making it better at tackling bumpier roads. Some plastic body cladding around the wheel arches and a silver front skid plate have also been added to make the ruggedized hatch look more like a crossover.

Rounding off the list of changes are the new 15-inch black alloy wheels complemented by a similar finish for the side mirror caps, and door handles, while the side profile has gained a “Trail” decal on the lower section of the doors. Images of the interior have not been provided, but chances a new seat upholstery and a different trim have been implemented to further differentiate the model from the regular Brazilian-spec Ka.

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hasn’t released any technical specifications so far, although most likely underneath the hood resides the same 1.5-liter Sigma naturally-aspirated gasoline engine with 110 horsepower (82 kilowatts) and 107 pound-feet (146 Newton-meters) of torque. Power is channeled to the front wheels through a five-speed manual gearbox, while an optional all-wheel-drive system is out of the question since this is a cheap, no-frills car.

Ford Brazil will have the Ka Trail on sale at the beginning of 2017, and although pricing isn’t out just yet, you can imagine the add-ons will command a premium over the regular Ka. The new Trail version will join the standard five-door hatchback model as well as the four-door Ka+ sedan available locally. Keep in mind a Ka+ model has been launched recently in Europe, but on the old continent it takes the shape of an Indian-built hatchback with five doors and serves as a replacement for the old Euro-spec, three-door Ka based on the Fiat 500.

Source: Ford Brazil

Photos: Motor1 Brazil

Gallery: Ford Ka Trail at 2016 Sao Paulo Motor Show

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