Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Ford | posted June 09, 2016 07:01
Ford introduces their smallest offering with new Ka+
The Ford Fiesta will not be the Blue Oval’s sole offering in the small car segment after the company recently revealed the 2016 Ka+ in Europe. Set to deliver a spacious, fun and fuel efficient driving experience, the new A-segment hatchback features an array of storage bins, configurable seats and a compact Duratec engine.
Starting off with exterior design, the 2016 Ka+ gets familiar styling cues from its bigger sibling, the Fiesta. Up front, it has a dual-grill design that is paired to sweptback headlights. More styling cues from the Fiesta can be seen along the side with the shapely doors, slightly flared wheel arches and optional 15-inch alloys. It’s over the rear which the Ka+ gets a unique finish. It has fender-wrapping taillights, simple-designed tailgate and bumper, and a rear wing as standard.
Exact dimensions were not detailed but Ford did say it is 29mm taller and measures less than 4,000mm. Take that into account and it appears that the Ka+ is nearly 1,500mm tall and could be slightly shorter than the Fiesta hatchback which currently measures at 3,969mm. Ford claimed that the Ka+ offers best-in-class headroom and rear legroom given that it is underpinned by the company’s global small-car platform.
Stepping inside, the interior is predominantly finished in Charcoal Gray. Design-wise, the cabin follows Ford’s global theme and gets an array of equipment. The instrument panel is a 3-pod cluster while the 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel can be wrapped in leather. Manual air-conditioning comes as standard but can be replaced with the optional automatic climate control.
Other standard equipment installed on the Ka+ include: central locking, power front windows and mirrors, SYNC infotainment with voice activation and MyFord Dock and MyKey. Available extras, on the other hand, are: leather steering wheel with cruise control, DAB audio system, heated front seats, rear parking sensors and privacy glass.
Under the hood, the 2016 Ka+ is powered by a 1.2-liter Duratec inline-four that was derived from the Fiesta’s 1.25-liter offering. Depending on the model, the 1.2-liter engine will be available with either 70 PS or 85 PS. Both versions get twin independent variable camshaft timing tech for better performance and emission. Power is then transferred to a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Beyond that, the engine also features regenerative charging which saves up on gasoline by capturing ‘free’ energy while coasting or braking. Further fuel-saving tech present in the Ka+ include use of low-friction engine oil, low rolling resistance tires and an optimized lower grill and spoiler lip.
Meanwhile, standard safety techs aboard the 2016 Ka+ are the following: Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Hill-start Assist (HSA), Speed Limiter and six airbags (European market).
“Ford has a long history of offering affordable small cars that are practical, economical and fun-to-drive. KA+ is true to that tradition, packing a huge amount of value into a compact car that delivers agile driving dynamics and a comfortable interior with class-leading front headroom and rear legroom,” said Jim Farley, executive vice president and president, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Ford Motor Company.