Third-generation Ford Ka will be based on Fiesta platform and is expected to go on sale next year
Jim Holder
7 September 2015

The third-generation Ford Ka has been spotted testing ahead of its launch in 2016.

First previewed with a concept car in 2013, the new Ka is a stand-alone Ford product - unlike the outgoing model, which was made in partnership with Fiat - and is built on a scaled-down Ford Fiesta platform.

Ford says the city car has a focus on space, because the manufacturer sees that area as key to buyers in the segment, although no official capacity figures are available yet.

The manufacturer appears to have stuck closely to the design of the concept car, which, at the time of its unveiling, Ford said highlighted "bold design, quality engineering and innovative technologies". The firm added that the Ka would be "a new choice for entry-level urban customers".

Reports suggested the concept was revealed to assure retailers that a new entry-level model was under development.

The outgoing Ka struggled to match the sales success of the first-generation car.

Ford confirmed that the Ka concept previewed a new global car, saying it "addresses global demand for sub-B compact vehicles, a segment that is projected to increase to approximately 6.2 million vehicles by 2017".

Ford estimated the segment would grow by 35% between now and 2020, although it acknowledged that much of this would follow on from demand from urban buyers in developing countries.

The Ka concept featured Ford's Sync infotainment system and used a dashboard-mounted dock to allow users to connect their mobile phones directly to the car.

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13 November 2013
I believe this has been on sale in Brazil for some time.

13 November 2013
[quote=devil's advocate]I believe this has been on sale in Brazil for some time.[/quote] I'm not so sure as the current South America Ka is a unique Mk 2 version for that market, based on the Mk 1 model and unrelated to the Mk 2 European Ka. I may be wrong.

13 November 2013
Although it looks more mature that the current model, it looks desperately dull. Take away the corporate front end and this new Ka looks like a Korean product, with hints of Hyundai and Kia. IMO the Ka has looked progressively worse since the stunning and still great looking Mk 1. And if this is how Ford's next generation city car will look, god knows what the next Fiesta will look like.

13 November 2013
[quote=Lanehogger] it looks desperately dull.[/quote] This is the type of city car that Audi would produce. Yes, it looks all nicely put together, but so dull that when you left it in the car park you wouldn't look back at it. It wouldn't put a smile on your face. It's 12ft of metal with no character or soul. I'm sure it came out of their focus group studies as the least offensive car. The one that ticked all the "average" boxes. And that's where basing your design decisions on focus groups is absolutely wrong. They simply don't know what they want because you haven't told them yet! Average isn't good enough; they need exceptional.

13 November 2013
This looks like a Far East knock off of the current Fiesta. Clearly Ford have not yet realised their mistake with the current gen KA and will repeat it again with this next one. On the plus side, this will ensure the MK1 because a classic!

13 November 2013
This is surely the next gen Brazilian Ka, not the European one?

13 November 2013
The mk1 sold well because it looked modern and futuristic. When it appeared in 1996 it looked unlike anything else on the road, even the then Fiesta had a frumpy front end on a 1989 bodyshell which was based on the 70s chassis. The mk2 isn't selling because it isn't distinctive. Then they want to replace it with something that looks like a cross between a Citroen C3 and a Hyundai i20. They should be looking at the likes of the DS3 for inspiration.

13 November 2013
This car will be selling to Chinese, Americans, Russians, South Americans, not just the funky europeans this time. Therefore its going to a more sedate looking vehicle. I think it looks OK and the world total sales figures will make Mk1 sales look laughable. Ford are on a roll and thats good

13 November 2013
[quote=jonfortwo]This car will be selling to Chinese, Americans, Russians, South Americans, not just the funky europeans this time. Therefore its going to a more sedate looking vehicle. I think it looks OK and the world total sales figures will make Mk1 sales look laughable. Ford are on a roll and thats good[/quote] It may be a global car but the first Focus, for example, was too and was a success despite having radical looks. Using Ford's latest design language, the latest Fusion/next Mondeo is an arresting design and is also a global car, so Ford have it in them to produce something much more striking than this Ka. Ford's design teams have been so hit and miss over the last 10 years with their current and previous generation styling themes.

13 November 2013
[quote=Lanehogger][quote=jonfortwo]This car will be selling to Chinese, Americans, Russians, South Americans, not just the funky europeans this time. Therefore its going to a more sedate looking vehicle. I think it looks OK and the world total sales figures will make Mk1 sales look laughable. Ford are on a roll and thats good[/quote] It may be a global car but the first Focus, for example, was too and was a success despite having radical looks. Using Ford's latest design language, the latest Fusion/next Mondeo is an arresting design and is also a global car, so Ford have it in them to produce something much more striking than this Ka. Ford's design teams have been so hit and miss over the last 10 years with their current and previous generation styling themes.[/quote] Agreed. A world car doesn't have to be depressingly dull to look at. This isn't even as appealing as a Dacia Sandero. Owners of the current Ka won't go for it, even Mk2 owners, and Mk1 owners will run for their Fiat 500s and Mk3 Twingos. Such a shame. Yes, it may be a world car, but this is just a completely lazy design that doesn't even make any effort to look classy or sophisticated. It's just dull, dull, dull, in a Nissan Micra sort of tone, a car that hasn't sold well in comparison to its predecessors.


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