British media has learned from Ford the new Ka in European specification is due to go on sale later this year.

British media has learned from Ford the new Ka in European specification is due to go on sale later this year.

According to Auto Express, the new Europe-bound Ka+ will ride on the same platform as the Fiesta and will have roughly the same proportions. This may sound a little bit weird to have two models with almost the same footprint, but keep in mind the Fiesta is due to be replaced in 2017. The new one will move upmarket and is going to grow in size, so consequently expect the next Focus to get bigger as well.

The outgoing Fiat 500-based Ka sold on the old continent is available only as a three-door model whereas its successor will come exclusively with five doors. Ford of Europe boss Jim Farley says it will be “very roomy” and is going to provide the driving dynamics of the Fiesta. In addition, the Ka+ will have a “very low cost of ownership” and is estimated to cost £8,000 in the UK.

The report goes on to specify the Ka+ will use just about the same array of engines as the Fiesta, but without the high-powered versions of the EcoBoost units. The interior cabin is said to combine a 4.2-inch display for the infotainment system with a 2.3-inch screen mounted in the instrument cluster between the two dials. A leather-wrapped steering wheel and climate control are also on the agenda, along with other goodies.

It’s not known at this point where the Ka+ will be made, but chances are Ford will assemble its smallest car in Craiova, Romania where the B-MAX is being put together. Sales of the mini MPV are not that great which is why there is significant amount of unexploited production capacity. This could be filled by the European Ka+ or perhaps Ford wants to make the EcoSport baby crossover there instead of importing it from India.

Note: Euro-spec 2016 Ford Ka render by OmniAuto.it pictured.

Source: autoexpress.co.uk

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