At the upcoming 2018 Geneva Motor Show next month, we won’t be seeing the all new Ford Focus. But there’s something else there that we’re sure you’ll want to see for yourself. The automaker’s entry level model in Europe, the Ka+, is currently going through some physical changes. Sources say that it will also come with an Active version, like that of the Fiesta Active that came out last year.
The pseudo crossover is more than just what’s apparent on the exterior. It has got a new plastic body cladding, and its suspension has been raised by about +23 millimeters / 0.9 inches. It now has a wider track as well as larger front anti roll bars.
The automaker also decided that they will tweak the electronic power steering as well, therefore making the Ford Ka+ Active feel more like a crossover when being taken out for a ride. Dampers had been retuned as well, enabling a smoother ride when driving on bumpy roads, while the new Active Rollover Prevention system has an updated security, for when you strap your luggage on the roof.
Aside from the Active specification, the Ka+ has been equipped with a 1.5 liter turbodiesel engine that produces 94 horsepower, which also has as much as 215 Newton-metres (159 pound-feet) from 1,750 rpm. The Ka+ features “Smart Regenerative Charging” that is easier on your wallet, as the TDCi unit only emits 99 g/km of CO2. This also improves fuel efficiency as the system automatically engages the alternator, which then charges the battery when the vehicle is braking and just coasting.
As for the gasoline version, the Ka+ loses the 1.2 liter Duratec, and instead it comes equipped with the all new Ti-VCT engine with the same displacement. Customers could go for the entry level variant that carries out 69 horsepower, or the slightly larger more powerful 84 horsepower trim.
Lastly, there is also a larger engine that is the 1.5 liter EcoBoost mill inside the new Euro-spec Fiesta ST. This supposedly has a quieter operation as noise does not penetrate the cabin. It also comes with improved efficiency. Whichever engine option you get (gasoline or diesel) for the regular Ka+ and the new Ka+ Active, this will be paired to a five-speed manual gearbox that sends power to the front wheels.
And even if this will be Ford’s new entry level model for Europe, there are no compromises. It will come with a SYNC 3 infotainment system and a 6.5 inch touchscreen that is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It even gets standard features like heated front seats and heated windscreen, as well as rain sensing wipers.
The Ford Ka+ will go on sale later this year.