Friday, 14 December, 2018


Ford Presents New SUV-Styled Ka+ Active With More Ground Clearance

Ford toughens up Ka+ with new Active model Ford Presents New SUV-Styled Ka+ Active With More Ground Clearance
Kristine Garrett | 06 February, 2018, 13:58

The Ka+ is Ford's most affordable automobile in the European market, and while its diminutive size and modest power would make it a poor match for America's roads and sensibilities, the small vehicle is quite at home across the pond; Ford has sold more than 61,000 examples of the supermini since late-2016.

The Ka+ Active will come with a raised ride height (up 23mm on the standard Ka+) and some rugged exterior styling touches, including some new front grille designs, roof rails and wheel-arch mouldings.

The Ford Ka+ supermini has been updated in Europe for the first time since its late-2016 launch, picking up a crossover-inspired "Active" model like the one added to the seventh-generation Fiesta lineup, and offering an optional diesel powerplant to compliment the available three-cylinder petrol engine.

On sale later this year priced from £10,795 in the United Kingdom, lease prices will be available soon.

Punters are presented two main variants, including the Studio and the Zetec, as well as the Active crossover.

Inside, scuff plates embossed with the "Active" name and a unique leather steering wheel design further set the new model apart. The range now starts at £10,795 - £1,000 more than the current cheapest model.

Ford Ka+ Active

For the first time Ford is offering the city vehicle in both hatch and lifted up Active crossover form to help it appeal to SUV buyers.

These include a new mesh grille with chrome surround, standard foglamps and DRLs and redesigned bumpers "for a more assertive look".

The interior has been revised with a new grained finish on the instrument panel and dark charcoal trim materials. It allows you to connect a smartphone and access Apple CarPlay and Android Auto through a 6.5-inch colour touchscreen. These include rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, a "Quickclear" heated windshield, and heated seats.

As a result of customer feedback, the boot can now be opened using a switch on the tailgate, as well as by using an interior release lever.

Power for the KA+ and KA+ Active comes from a choice of petrol and diesel engines, including Ford's new refined and fuel-efficient 1.2-litre, three-cylinder Ti-VCT petrol engine offering 70bhp or 85bhp and Ford's 95bhp 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine created to meet the needs of higher-mileage drivers.

As well as being more fuel efficient, the 1.2 engine offers up to 10 per cent more torque at low rpm than the previous 1.2 Duratec engine. Also for the first time, the KA is being offered with both petrol and diesel engine options.

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