The ready is over! Ford’s thrilling new Ka has damaged cowl – and right here it’s in all its glory.

The newcomer will change the unique 12-year-old Ka, and shares its underpinnings and engines with the Fiat 500. What’s extra, it’s being constructed alongside the vastly profitable Italian mannequin at Fiat’s plant in Tychy, Poland.

However the Ka – which is because of hit showrooms in the direction of the top of 2008 – is rather more than a easy re-skin of the five hundred. Privately, Ford says that its engineers are working arduous to make sure that the brand new Ka can match the present mannequin’s composure and pin-sharp dealing with, whereas providing better refinement.

Initially, there shall be a alternative of 63bhp 1.2-litre and 100bhp 1.4-litre petrol engines, in addition to a 1.3-litre Multijet diesel. The latter shall be good for 75bhp and 145Nm of torque, whereas returning greater than 50mpg.

There’s no official phrase but, however Ford can also be understood to be planning a scorching ST efficiency flagship to exchange the Sportka. This shall be powered by the identical 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine because the Fiat 500 Abarth. A chunky bodykit, flared wheelarches and fats 17-inch rims will separate the flagship from lesser fashions.

The Ka ST is more likely to ship at the very least 150bhp, will cowl the 0-60mph dash in lower than eight seconds and have a prime velocity of 125mph – guaranteeing it joins the Abarth as one of many quickest vehicles within the class.

A sequence of ‘aftermarket’ extras provided by way of Ford sellers are more likely to enhance the mannequin’s enchantment even additional. The package shall be developed by specialist agency Mountune, which not too long ago produced a tuning pack for the Fiesta ST, and would come with suspension and engine upgrades.

The brand new Ka will make its world debut on the Paris Motor Present in September, and is certain to enchantment to Ford followers with its enticing styling. Brief overhangs, a steeply raked windscreen and arching roofline imply the Ka appears to be like sporty, whereas being spacious sufficient for 4.

The inside has taken enormous strides ahead, too, combining improved ergonomics with higher high quality supplies in a bid to create a extra refined driving expertise. The gearlever has moved greater into the dashboard, and the radio and local weather controls are mounted so they’re inside straightforward attain of the motive force. The steering wheel now contains a multifunction management column, too, whereas a show between the dials gives journey info.

As with the Fiat 500, Ford is promising that the Ka shall be among the many most luxurious small vehicles available on the market, whereas there shall be a beneficiant non-compulsory gear listing.

Ford isn’t planning a direct alternative for the Streetka roadster, though sources point out {that a} 2+2 convertible is being developed together with Fiat. A gentle hybrid can also be within the pipeline. This guarantees to mate diesel-beating economic system with petrol refinement and low emissions.

And the Ka’s diminutive form means a tax-busting electrical hybrid may very well be on the playing cards, too. This mannequin may have CO2 emissions that fall under the 100g/km tax threshold.

Costs for the brand new Ka are set to begin at round £7,500, rising to £12,000 for the ST model.

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