Unveiled in European-spec back in June of this year, the new Ford Ka+ will wear a starting price of just £8,995 – over £1,300 less than the Fiesta on which its based. To offer the new car at such a low price point, Ford has had to omit a lot of the typical accoutrements from the base “Studio” trim level, such as air-conditioning (available as an option) and infotainment. That said, the Studio model will come standard with remote door locks, power front windows, and power wing mirrors.
Above the Studio model is another trim level called “Zetec,” which features standard manual air-conditioning, Ford SYNC infotainment, and a breadth of options including 15-inch alloy wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel, power rear windows, and heated seats. The Ford Ka+ Zetec also gets a more potent engine tune, taking the standard 1.2-liter engine up from 70 horsepower to about 85 HP. Both the Studio and Zetec editions of the new Ford Ka+ will feature a 5-speed manual gearbox.
All Ford Ka+ examples will feature 6 airbags, electronic stability control, and 270 liters of storage space in the back – just 10 fewer liters than in the Fiesta.
As we reported earlier, Ford UK has had to make room for the new Ka+ by axing the Fiesta’s two lowest-priced trim levels: Studio, and Style. But with nearly as much storage space, plenty of creature comforts, and what we hear is ample room even for tall passengers, the lower price point of the Ford Ka+ might just make it a bargain – if you can stomach the 15.3 seconds it takes the base model to reach 100 km/h (62 mph).
(Source: Auto Express)