Updated on 28th July 2014
The Ford Ka hatchback, which will replace the Ford Figo in India has been launched in Brazil.
Two trim levels are being offered and the car will only be offered with a single bi-fuel engine. The 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder engine on the Ka will produce 85 BHP of power and 105 Nm of torque and can run on pure petrol and ethanol mixed petrol. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. A more powerful 1.5-litre engine may be added later.
The two trim levels on offer are the SE and the SEL.
- The Ka SE is priced at 35,390 BRL (about Rs. 9.53 Lakh)
- The Ka SEL is priced at 39,990 BRL (about Rs. 10.77 Lakh)
Equipment on the Ka SE includes:
- Electric power steering
- Front electric windows
- Central locking
- Flip remote key
- Tilt adjustable steering column,
- Bluetooth / USB compatible stereo system
The Ka SEL gets:
- Security system
- Driver seat height adjustment
- ESC (electronic stability control)
- 15-inch alloy wheels
We expect Ford India to make an announcement on launching the Ford Ka here soon. Stay tuned.
Updated on 11th June 2014
The upcoming Ford Figo hatchback has been revealed as the Ford Ka in Brazil. It looks similar to the Ford Ka concept showcased in 2013, but gets some different elements too. Though the headlight shape remains the same as the concept, the elements inside have been changed. This change was expected. What was not expected was the smoked effect employed on the headlamps. The grille, again is shaped similarly to the Ka concept but misses out on the chrome bars that the concept featured, this may not be the case when the car is launched in India.
The Ka hatchback in Brazil will be powered by a naturally aspirated, 3-cylinder, 1.0-litre ethanol-compatible petrol engine which produces 85 BHp and 105 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The Ka hatchback will go on sale in Brazil within a couple of months, we eagerly await Ford to make some announcement about the car for India soon.
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Updated on 19th March 2014
Ford Figo was the car that started turning around things for Ford in India and has helped the company gain a strong footing in the B-segment hatchback arena globally too. The successor of the Figo was showcased in concept guise with the moniker Ka in 2013 in Brazil. Now the same has been caught testing in Brazil in production guise and will come soon to us as the next generation model of the Figo in India. The Ford Ka hatchback in its production ready version will be launched in April 2014 in Brazil as per the latest word on the street and we can expect the Indian launch to follow soon after that.
The Ford Ka looks way better than the Figo and gets the familiar Aston-Martin like grille that can be seen on other newer Ford cars as well. It has been designed by Ehab Kaoud, the man responsible for giving us the uber-popular Ford EcoSport compact crossover. We are also due to get a compact sedan based on the Ka which was showcased in concept guise earlier this year at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. It will come as a replacement to the Ford Classic, much like the way the Hyundai Xcent came in as a replacement for the aging Accent.
Ford has retained majority of the design cues in the production version of the hatchback from its concept version and the same will hold true for the compact sedan as well which will reach us by mid-2015 if things turn out to be just fine. The compact sedan segment in the country is at its peak right now with a slew of sedans adorning our roads alongside their hatchback siblings. Ford will need to pull a bunny out of the hat in terms of pricing with the Ka hatchback and sedan for us in order to take the market by a storm. Expect the new Ford Figo to be priced between Rs. 4.5 – Rs. 6 Lakh when launched in India later in 2014 or early 2015.
It will come with a 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol motor and a 1.5-litre petrol motor in Brazil which it borrows from the Fiesta while the Indian-spec variant of the car is expected to retain the 1.2 litre petrol and 1.4 litre diesel engine that propel the current Figo hatchback. However we might get the engine options available on the Brazilian-spec Ka as they comply with the small engine norm of the Indian government and won’t pose any tax issues