Ford Presents New SUV-Styled Ka+ Active With More Ground Clearance

Ford has introduced the new Active version of the KA+ supermini, featuring rugged styling and increased ride height, as well as new technologies into the range.

The entry-level member of the Ford Active lineup benefits from additional rocker and wheel-arch moldings and restyled front and rear ends which are now part of the entire KA+ range.

These include a new mesh grille with chrome surround, standard foglamps and DRLs and redesigned bumpers “for a more assertive look”. The new KA+ Active gets 23mm of extra ground clearance, an exclusive black finish for the front grilles and roof rails.

Other exclusive features of the small soft-roader Ka+ include a set of unique 15-inch alloy wheels and the Canyon Ridge bronze metallic paint option. Ford has also tuned the new KA+ Active’s chassis to match the increased ground clearance.

The interior has been revised with a new grained finish on the instrument panel and dark charcoal trim materials. The company has also added chrome accents in areas regularly touched by passengers and the driver, such as the door handles, center console controls and air vents.

Perhaps the most important interior update is the addition of the SYNC3 infotainment system which can be operated either by voice control or via its 6.5-inch touchscreen display. Android Auto and Apple Car Play is standard fit.

The engine range includes Ford’s new three-cylinder 1.2-liter Ti-VCT petrol with 70PS or 85PS, as well as the 1.5-liter TDCi diesel unit which produces 95PS. The new petrol 1.2-liter replaces the old Duratec unit, offering up to 10 percent more torque between 1,000 and 3,000rpm, as well as 4 percent better fuel efficiency. Both petrol and diesel models are paired to a five-speed manual gearbox.

All models of the new Ford KA+ and KA+ Active will be offered with a long list of standard kit that includes power front windows and door mirrors, remote central locking, Hill Start Assist, Speed Limiter, six airbags, Electronic Stability Control and a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System.

The new Ford KA+ and KA+ Active will go on sale later this year, with prices starting in the UK from £10,795.

more photos...
  • rover10

    This car was in desperate need of a freshening. The changes are subtle for the core model, but well executed. The Active pack works really well and just enough visual interest to attract younger buyers.

    • Miknik

      I agree, whilst not revolutionary, it targets a lot of the shortcomings before; The infotainment should be class leading (well, in the up! the infotainment is your Smartphone basically), a fully trimmed interior and boot (not bare metal) is also not standard in this segment; The Active adds the style that the base model so desperately missed; altogether, I think it turned an offering mostly targeted at rental car companies into something way more interesting, as it was already quite spacious before and drove reasonably well….

  • Bash

    It has a button on the dash to release/open the tail gate. I find this interesting since Its a Hatch!

  • Finkployd

    budget car interior done right

  • j60dnl

    Interesting how moving the Ford badge on the Active model down to the main grille changes the focus of it’s face.

  • Christian

    WHY FORD WHY? No 1-liter Turbo option…. Now when Up and Kia got it in the segment and Ford known for their fun small cars…WHYYYY!

    “bUT Christian, you could just buy the Fiesta tho?” Shut up!

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    You can polish a turd but you can’t hide the smell!

2020 Hyundai Grandeur (Azera) Is Getting A Nip And A Tuck

The revised Hyundai Grandeur, known as the Azera in America, includes revised lights.

Next-Gen Mercedes-AMG C63 Tipped To Get A Four-Cylinder Turbo Engine With Electrification

Aside from ditching the V8, Mercedes-AMG could also kill the next C63 Estate.

Tesla Bumps Up Prices Of Entry-Level Model 3 And Performance

The Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus now starts at $39,490 while the Model 3 Performance is $56,990.

2020 Honda Freed Gets Facelifted In Japan, Gains SUV-Style Crosstar Version

Sharing the platform with the Honda Fit/Jazz, the Honda Freed compact minivan offers up to seven seats.

Ferrari Spied Testing New GT Model In Italy Before November Launch

The new Ferrari GT in question will be based on the Portofino and may use a V6 or a V8.

JLR China Sales On The Upswing Despite Prolonged Slump

Jaguar Land Rover registered a massive $4.4 billion loss in the first quarter of this year.

F1’s Toro Rosso To Become Alpha Tauri Starting Next Year

Alpha Tauri is a fashion brand that is also owned by Austrian energy drink giant Red Bull.

VW Golf Countdown: 1991-1996 Mk3 – Full Of Safety Firsts But Not The Most Memorable Drive

The VW Golf Mk3 left its mark with the introduction of many new safety features but the magic of previous GTIs was gone.

2020 Subaru Crosstrek And Crosstrek Hybrid Bring Safety Upgrades, Minor Price Hikes

CVT-equipped 2020 Subaru Crosstrek models get the EyeSight safety suite, Auto Start-Stop and SI-Drive as standard.

Subaru Pauses Japanese Production Following Typhoon Flooding

Typhoon Hagibis hit eastern Japan on October 12, killing at least 77 people, and has impacted other automakers and parts suppliers as well.