Ford has pulled the wraps off the latest Ka+ and its all-new sibling, the Ka+ Active, before they go on sale later this year.
On show in Geneva, the five-door models are priced from £10,795 and come with a diesel engine option for the first time, as well as Ford’s latest infotainment technology, creating the most comprehensive Ka+ line-up yet.
Top of the list of aesthetic changes is a tweaked exterior design with larger headlights, a new front grille with a chrome surround and a more cleanly designed dashboard.
Key technical features include a 6.5in touchscreen that features the brand’s Sync 3 infotainment technology, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
The car comes as standard with automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers and a heated windscreen. Automatic climate control and parking sensors are available as options.
That diesel engine joins a 1.2-litre Ti-VCT petrol unit, which replaces the old car’s 1.2 Duratec. The new one is claimed to have improved torque and efficiency, although no figures are released at this time.
Both the diesel and petrol options are equipped with start/stop technology and comply with Euro 6 emissions regulations.
Two trim levels are available for the regular Ka+, Studio and Zetec, while the new Active model sits above those and transforms the five-seater into a more rugged offering.
The Active version gets plastic wheel arch covers, 15in wheels and roof racks as standard. To enhance its off-road ability, its suspension is retuned for a smoother ride, while the car sits 23mm higher. The wheels are set at a wider track and there’s a larger front anti-roll bar.
Ford has fitted active rollover protection technology, which works with the car’s electronic stability control, to the Ka+ Active to reduce the chances of a rollover when the car is carrying heavy roof loads.