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All-New Ford Ka+ 5-Door Hatchback Revealed In Europe

Ford Europe today revealed the all-new Ford Ka+ small car – a 5-door hatchback intended to slot-in below the Ford Fiesta, offering a value-minded proposition for cost-conscious buyers.

The Ford Ka+ is built on the same global small-car (B3) platform that underpins the Fiesta, although the former is slightly less long than the latter, and 2.9cm taller vertically. Ford is boasting class-leading front headroom and rear legroom in the Ka+, and there’s seating for five. No fewer than 21 small storage spaces for personal items are littered throughout the cabin, and the Ford Ka+’s total luggage space measures around 270 liters (about 71 gallons).

Propelling the new Ford Ka+ small car is a 1.2-liter Duratec gasoline engine with twin-independent variable camshaft timing, and little else. It will be available with two different power levels – 70 horsepower or 85 horsepower – and paired with a 5-speed manual transmission. Thanks to an aerodynamically efficient vehicle body, low rolling-resistance tires, an optimized engine calibration, and more, each engine ought to be capable of about 56.5 miles-per-gallon combined.

As for creature comforts, buyers of the new Ford Ka+ won’t exactly be forced to “rough it.” Standard features include power wing mirrors and front windows, remote locking, six airbags, manual air-conditioning, Ford SYNC infotainment, Speed Limiter, and even Electronic Stability Control with Hill Start Assist. The more powerful, 85HP engine will unlock further comforts, such as electronic climate control, a leather steering wheel, heated front seats, heated power-folding wing mirrors, power rear windows, rear parking sensors, and 15-inch alloy wheels.

“Choosing a compact car should not mean having to compromise,” says Ford Europe Small Car Vehicle Line Director Darren Palmer. “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 European customers want.”

Pricing for the Ford Ka+ will start at €9,990 in Germany and £8,995 in the UK (about $11,400 and $13,000 USD, respectively).

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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