2018 Ford KA+ revealed, Active crossover added

February 5, 2018

Ford has revealed the new KA+ and the SUV-inspired KA+ Active in Germany, sporting a cute new design, while introducing a new petrol engine, and some advanced interior gadgets.

For the first time Ford is offering the city car in both hatch and lifted up Active crossover form to help it appeal to SUV buyers. Also for the first time, the KA is being offered with both petrol and diesel engine options.

The new petrol engine is a 1.2-litre three-cylinder using Ti-VCT (twin independent variable cam timing), producing either 52kW or 63kW. Alternatively, buyers will be able to opt for a 1.5-litre TDCi turbo-diesel producing 70kW.

Punters are presented two main variants, including the Studio and the Zetec, as well as the Active crossover. In either case, the new KA features a high-mounted trapezoidal grille, swept-back headlights, and standard fog lights helping it match Ford’s latest styling theme.

Going for the KA+ Active gets you 23mm of extra ground clearance, along with some unique body trimmings such as side sill extensions and wheel arch mouldings, black front grilles, and roof rails to improve versatility. There’s also a set of unique 15-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, the 2018 KA+ comes with Ford’s latest SYNC 3 multimedia and connectivity system, incorporating a 6.5-inch touch-screen on the dash with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Push button start, electric mirrors and front windows, and hill start assist are also standard.

The new model will go on sale in Europe later this year. Being a European model designed and engineered for Europe, the new KA+ won’t be heading to Australia any time soon.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.