Earlier this year, Ford India unveiled the Figo sedan concept in India that was essentially the next generation Ford Figo (Ka in Brazil) with a boot at the rear. While India gets the sub 4-metre version of the sedan, Brazil will get full blown version that has been christened as the Ka+ for the South American market. Ford Brazil partly revealed the production version of the Ka+ sedan, which is expected to go on sale in the country in August this year.
Compared to the four door concept, the Ford Ka+ sedan stays true to the original design and gets minor tinkering to make the model production ready. The Ka+ retains the chrome slats on the Aston Martin-like grille, unlike the Ka hatchback which sports a black honeycomb mesh. The LED lights on the bumper of the concept are expected to be replaced by circular fog lamps. The headlights too miss out on the mirror elements and have been replaced by the conventional headlamp cluster.
On the rear too, the Ford Ka+ sedan looks well proportioned with a neatly sculpted boot-lid. While the concept model did not reveal the interiors of the sedan, the new images reveal the dashboard that has been inspired from the Fiesta. The instrument cluster is a sober unit, but does not get a tachometer, while the centre console flanked by vertical air vents is similar to the one on the Fiesta with phone keypad-like arrangement of buttons. The sedan also gets steering mounted controls with Bluetooth connectivity. Considering both the models are essentially the same, the interiors will also be carried over on the Ka hatchback.
The Ford Ka+ sedan will also be sharing its powertrain with the Ka hatchback and will be powered by the same 1.0-liter 3-cylinder flex-fuel engine that produces 85 HP and 105 Nm of torque, paired to a 5-speed manual transmission. The 1.5-litre flex-fuel motor that produces 110 HP and 147 Nm of torque from the Fiesta hatchback is also rumoured to be an option for the sedan. In India though, the Figo sedan is expected to get the 1.2-litre Duratec petrol motor as well as the 1.4-litre Duratorq diesel motor, both from the current Figo.
There is also a possibility of the 1.0-litre EcoBoost unit and the 1.5-litre TDCi motor being offered on the compact sedan, albeit with lower power outputs. The Ford Figo sedan will be replacing the Fiesta Classic in Ford India’s line-up and will be competing against the Maruti DZire, Honda Amaze, Hyundai Xcent and the upcoming Tata Zest in the segment with a launch scheduled in 2015, after the next generation Figo goes on sale.