Earlier this-week, Ford unveiled the production version of next-generation Ford Ka hatchback (Ford Figo in India). Now the company has unveiled the next-generation Ford Figo with a boot at the rear christened as the Ka+. In India, the Ka+ sedan will be measuring less-than-4-metre, while the Brazil will get full-blown version of the same measuring more-than-4-metre for the South American market.
In India, the Figo sedan is scheduled to launch sometime in 2015, after the next generation Figo goes on-sale. The Ka+ sedan will replace the ageing Fiesta Classic, and will compete with the likes of Maruti DZire, Honda Amaze, Hyundai Xcent and the upcoming Tata Zest. In Brazil, the production version of the Ka+ sedan is expected to go on-sale as early as in August-2014.
Looking at the pictures, the Ford Ka+ sedan stays true to the original design and gets minor tinkering to make the model production ready. The Ka+ retains the chrome slats on the Aston Martin-like grille, unlike the Ka hatchback which sports a black honeycomb mesh. The dashboard design gets its inspiration from the Fiesta, especially the centre console. The instrument console looks plain and you get a multi-function steering wheel with controls for Bluetooth and audio player.
The Ford Ka+ sedan will also be sharing its powertrain with the Ka hatchback and will be powered by the same a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder ECOnetic engine that runs on petrol and ethanol. The engine produces 85 HP of power at 6500 RPM and 105 Nm of torque at 4500 RPM, paired to a 5-speed manual transmission. In India, the Figo sedan is expected to get the 1.2-litre Duratec petrol motor as well as the 1.4-litre Duratorq diesel motor, both from the current Figo.
The Ka+ sedan made its global premiere in India, a day before the commencing of 2014 Auto Expo, we have to wait longer than the Brazilians for the production version.
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