Recently updated, the revised Ford Ka+ and new Ka+ Active feature new powertrains, tech, and styling to keep pace with the rapidly advancing small-car segment. Ford claims to have sold more than 61,000 Ka+ vehicles in Europe since its late-2016 introduction and figures that the redesign and addition of the Ka+ Active model, which it calls a crossover, will widen its appeal and increase sales. It’s probably right.
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Suspension is by struts in front and a torsion-beam axle aft, while steel or aluminum wheels are available with 195/55R-15 tires; the Ka+ Active gets 185/60R-15 tires. Nearly 50 percent of the body of the Ka+ is made from high-strength steel, including the floor, front and rear chassis rails, front bumper and passenger door beams, and window pillars. Ford claims this contributes to improved crash performance.
With the refresh comes a choice of either a diesel or gasoline engine for both the Ka+ and Ka+ Active. The 94-hp turbo-diesel 1.5-liter inline-four is aimed at drivers who really pile on the miles, while the new 1.2-liter three-cylinder Ti-VCT (Twin independent Variable Camshaft Timing) gasoline engine is available in either 70- or 85-hp states of tune. The new engines feature stop/start functionality and meet the latest Euro Stage 6 emissions standards. Both engines are mated to a standard five-speed manual transmission.
Ushered into service as the replacement for the outgoing 1.2-liter Duratec inline-three, the new 1.2-liter three-cylinder gas engine is derived from the same core architecture as the 1.5-liter EcoBoost unit that produces 197 horsepower in . In its milder states of tune in these Ka+ models, it offers a reported 10 percent increase in torque from 1000 to 3000 rpm as well as an average 4 percent improvement in fuel efficiency. Engine noise and harshness are said to be reduced by an offset crankshaft design that eliminates the need for a balance shaft, a valvetrain designed for quieter operation, and an acoustic-isolation system that reduces the amount of engine noise entering the cabin.