The next-generation Ford Ka for Europe is being digitally envisioned by the good folks over at

The next-generation Ford Ka for Europe is being digitally envisioned by the good folks over at

The current Fiat 500-based Ka sold on the old continent is just about to get the axe as production of the city car at Fiat’s factory in Tychy, Poland will come to an end in April. A replacement was supposed to come out by the end of 2015, but that didn’t happen and it’s unclear at this point when the new one will be launched. Perhaps “new” isn’t exactly the right term to use since the next-gen Ka has been on sale in South America for well over a year now.

Developed in Brazil, the next Ka will likely look a lot like this render from OmniAuto which is based on spy shots of camouflaged prototypes seen testing in Europe last year. In addition, the digital image is heavily influenced by the Ka sold in South America, so there are enough reasons to believe the next Euro-spec Ka will be very similar to what we see here.

Ford of Europe Chief Operating Officer Barb Samardzich announced just this week a new Euro-spec Ka is on its way, but refused to say exactly when. There are some reports indicating production will take place at Ford’s factory in Craiova, Romania where the Blue Oval company makes the slow-selling B-MAX MPV. The assembly plant has a lot of unexploited production capacity which is why the rumor mill hints the EcoSport subcompact crossover could also be produced there rather than continue being imported from India.

Getting back to the Euro-bound Ka, it will receive some “significant” changes compared to the version sold in South America and most likely the city car will gain more safety equipment. It’s unclear at this point what will power it, but the turbocharged three-cylinder 1.0-liter engine is probably a safe bet to make. Unlike the outgoing three-door-only Ka, the new one will be available exclusively with a five-door layout and will be substantially larger.

We definitely won’t see the new Ka in October at the Paris Motor Show because Ford announced earlier this month it will not attend the event.