2017 Ford Ka+

2017 Ford Ka+

By Arthur Demi via Ford

Ford Ka+

Ford has revealed the all-new KA+ small car, which delivers outstanding interior space, excellent fuel efficiency and fun-to-drive dynamics at an affordable price.

Joining Ford’s small-car line-up alongside the best-selling Fiesta,* the KA+ provides an attractive new alternative for buyers who want a stylish, well-equipped and high-quality small car at a price point starting at £8,995.

“Ford has a proud history of offering affordable small cars that are practical, economical and fun-to-drive,” said Jim Farley, executive vice president and president, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Ford Motor Company. “KA+ is true to that tradition, packing a huge amount into a compact car that delivers agile driving dynamics and a surprisingly roomy cabin at an affordable price.”

Generous space for five

Available for customers to order from June with first deliveries later this year, the all-new Ford KA+ is a five-door hatchback based on Ford’s global small-car platform, and offers generous space for five people at an overall length of less than four metres.

The KA+ is slightly shorter than the Fiesta, but 29mm taller, with an optimised package that provides class-leading front headroom and best-in-class legroom for rear passengers.

The KA+ provides outstanding every-day practicality with 270 litres of luggage space – enough to accommodate two large suitcases – plus 60/40 split-folding rear seats, and 21 stowage locations throughout the cabin for small items.

Stowage areas include MyFord Dock in the centre of the instrument panel that enables occupants to store, mount and charge mobile devices such as phones and navigation systems, and front door bins that can each hold a 1.0-litre bottle, a 0.6-litre bottle and a small umbrella. A hidden stowage bin within the end of the instrument panel is only accessible when the driver’s door is open, allowing valuables to be hidden out of sight.

Taking inspiration from Ford’s latest design language, the stylish, well-proportioned exterior features the distinctive high-mounted trapezoidal grille with large, swept-back headlamps. All KA+ models offer a smart, integrated finish with chrome detailing for the front grille, together with body-coloured bumpers, door handles and door mirrors.

The interior features an attractive grained finish on the instrument panel and hard-wearing, contemporary trim materials in a stylish dark charcoal colour scheme. Distinctive chrome accents are applied in tactile and highly visible areas such as the door release handles, centre console control knobs and air vents.

Responsive and economical powertrain

The all-new KA+ features a simplified powertrain line-up based on an efficient new 1.2-litre Duratec petrol engine. Available with a choice of 70PS and 85PS power outputs, the 1.2-litre engine is derived from the same family as the 1.25-litre engine in the Fiesta, and features twin-independent variable camshaft timing technology to enhance performance and fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.

Combined with a standard five-speed manual transmission, the 1.2-litre engine has been tuned to deliver smooth and responsive performance, with a broad spread of torque that makes the car easy and fun to drive in both city motoring and on longer journeys.

Fuel efficiency has been enhanced using optimised calibration, low-friction engine oil and regenerative charging, which saves fuel by maintaining efficient charge levels in the vehicle battery by capturing ‘free’ electrical energy when drivers coast or brake.

Low rolling resistance tyres and enhanced aerodynamic details, such as an optimised front lower spoiler lip and grille openings, also contribute to improved efficiency. Both engine options achieve CO2 emissions of 114g/km, with combined fuel consumption of 56.5mpg.**

Agile, fun-to-drive and comfortable

The all-new KA+ has been developed to deliver agile, fun-to-drive dynamics that match European customer expectations.

To deliver the desired dynamic performance, the KA+ features a unique chassis specification with specially developed features including the steering system, springs and dampers, front anti-roll bar, rear torsion beam axle and tyres, along with re-engineered front sub-frame and engine mounts.

The vehicle also has undergone an intensive development program to ensure improved comfort and refinement in typical European driving conditions, with a range of measures to minimise wind noise, road noise and powertrain noise levels.

Following final tuning and development carried out at Ford’s European proving ground in Lommel, Belgium, and during extensive test drives on European roads, the KA+ provides customers with an enjoyable and comfortable driving experience.

Ford Ka+

Comprehensive standard equipment, with two series choices

Customers can select from two KA+ series options, Studio offered with the 70PS engine and Zetec which will be offered with both 70PS and 85PS.

All KA+ models deliver a comprehensive standard specification including power front windows and door mirrors, front fog lamps, AM/FM radio with Bluetooth connectivity, remote central double locking with perimeter alarm, safety system with six airbags, Electronic Stability Control with Hill Start Assist, Deflation Detection System, Speed Limiter, and Ford Easy Fuel.

The Zetec series also adds 15in alloy wheels, manual air-conditioning, DAB digital radio/CD with Ford’s SYNC voice-activated communications and entertainment system with AppLink, leather steering wheel and cruise control.

Customers also can specify their KA+ Zetec with a range of optional features including electronic climate control, heated front seats, privacy glass and a City Pack combining rear parking sensors, power rear windows and power folding door mirrors.

“Choosing a compact car should not mean having to compromise,” said Darren Palmer, small car vehicle line director, Ford of Europe. “Our all-new KA+ lives up to the high standards set by our Ford Fiesta, B-MAX and EcoSport compact cars by delivering the style, space, advanced technology and refinement that customers want.”

Preliminary Specifications

Technical

Engine1,196cc, 4-cylinder in-line petrol with Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT), Stage 6 emissions
Max power: 70 PS (52 kW) at 6,000 rpmMax power: 85 PS (63 kW) at 6,300 rpm
Max torque: 105 Nm at 4,000 rpmMax torque: 112 Nm at 4,000 rpm
TransmissionFront-wheel drive, 5-speed manual transmission
SuspensionFront – Independent MacPherson strut with coil spring, with anti-roll bar
Rear – Semi-independent twist-beam with coil spring and shock absorbers
SteeringType – Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS), with rack and pinion gear
BrakesFront – ventilated discs, 258 x 23 mm; Rear – drums, 200 x 30 mm
Wheels & tyres15-inch steel wheels (alloy optional) with 195/55 R 15 tyres

Dimensions and Weight

Vehicle dimensionsOverall length (mm)Overall width (mm)Overall height (mm)Wheelbase (mm)Luggage volume (litres)
5-door hatchback39291695 (without mirrors)15242489270 (includes 13 litres underfloor stowage)
Minimum kerb weight1009 kg (lightest kerbweight less driver, full fluid levels and 90% fuel levels, subject to tolerances, options)

Economy, Performance and Emissions

Fuel consumption l/100 km (mpg)PerformanceØ
CO2 emissions (g/km)ØØUrbanExtra UrbanCombinedMax. speed km/h (mph)0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) secs
5-door hatchback
1.2 Ti-VCT petrol 70 PS1146.6 (43.5)4.0 (70.6)5.0 (56.5)159 (99)15.3
1.2 Ti-VCT petrol 85 PS1146.6 (43.5)4.0 (70.6)5.0 (56.5)169 (105)13.3
1.2 Ti-VCT petrol 85 PS ECO1106.3 (44.8)3.9 (72.4)4.8 (58.9)166 (103)13.9

ØFord test figures. ØØThe declared Fuel/Energy Consumptions, CO2 emissions and electric range are measured according to the technical requirements and specifications of the European Regulations (EC) 715/2007 and (EC) 692/2008 as last amended. Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are specified for a vehicle variant and not for a single car. The applied standard test procedure enables comparison between different vehicle types and different manufacturers. In addition to the fuel efficiency of a car, driving behaviour as well as other non-technical factors play a role in determining a car's fuel/energy consumption, CO2 emissions and electric range. CO2 is the main greenhouse gas responsible for global warming.

(Ford Press Release)
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