In line with the markets continued shift towards SUV-style models, Ford has revealed a new version of its Ka+ compact hatchback.
Called the Ka+ Active, it incorporates more rugged styling compared to the standard edition and is part of refreshed Ka+ line-up that also includes the Studio and Zetec trim levels.
It is the second ‘Active’ model in Ford’s fleet, with the Fiesta Active due to be introduced to showrooms later this year.
Exterior changes compared to the standard Ka+ include plastic cladding around the wheel arches, along the side sills and on both bumpers, with roof rails also being added. Ford also offers bronze metallic paint and 15-inch alloys exclusively on the Active model.
Inside Active models come with bespoke scuff plates, multi-functional leather steering wheel, hazel-coloured detailing on the upholstery and all-weather mats in the foot-wells and boot space. Customers can also apply a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity, automatic climate control and rear parking sensors.
Ford has also introduced a new petrol engine to the line-up – a 1.2-litre three-cylinder unit that is four per cent more fuel efficient than the previous petrol option and has more torque on offer too. The Ka+ line-up also has a 1.5-litre diesel unit option that produces 94bhp. Both engines come with the same five-speed manual transmission.
Vice president of Ford’s marketing, sales and servicing, Roelant de Waard, said: “Last year Ford sold more than 200,000 SUVs in Europe for the first time, and demand for SUV and crossover models has never been higher.
“Our new Ford Ka+ Active model will this year make the crossover affordable to even greater numbers of customers, with aspirational styling, sophisticated technologies customers would expect to see in much more expensive cars.”
The Ka+ line-up will start from £10,795 when the models are introduced to UK showrooms later this year.