Ford Ka Urban Warrior Concept Takes The Crossover-Inspired Sedan Trend A Step Too Far

Audi and Volvo helped to popularize crossover-inspired wagons and we’ve seen a handful of other automakers follow suit.

Volvo liked the idea so much, they eventually introduced the S60 Cross Country. The sedan debuted at the 2015 North American International Auto Show with off-road styling cues such as plastic body cladding, silver skid plates and an additional 2.5 inches (65mm) of ground clearance.

While the S60 Cross Country didn’t set the sales chart ablaze, it appears Ford liked what they saw. This is pretty clear as the company has introduced the Ka Urban Warrior concept at the São Paulo Motor Show.

Looking like a bad April Fools’ Day joke, the Urban Warrior concept has been equipped with a “more versatile outfit” which is designed to shed the Ka’s family car image. As a result, the model has been equipped with black plastic body cladding and faux silver skid plates. Designers also installed gray mirror caps, tinted headlights and 15-inch alloy wheels.

Ford didn’t say much about the interior, but the concept has leather seats and a SYNC 3 infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display. The sedan also features a rearview camera, rear parking sensors and traction / stability control.

Motivation is provided by a 1.5-liter Ti-VCT engine that produces 134 hp (100 kW / 136 PS). It is connected to a five-speed manual transmission which presumably sends power to the front wheels. While drivers shouldn’t expect to tackle Moab, Ford says the car has a “high suspension” which makes easier to drive over uneven pavement or flooded streets.

While it’s easy to joke about the car’s appearance, Ford appears to be considering a production version. As the automaker explained, the concept has been designed to test the public’s response to the model.

 

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  • Mr. EP9

    This company is pretty much dead to me at this point. Anyway, I’m curious too see if Ford will actually make this ugly monstrosity and then be dumb enough to try to sell it stateside like they did with that god awful EcoSport.

    • Dennis Scipio

      What’s wrong with the EcoSport, is it because it was made for developing countries and not necessarily for American consumers in mind?

    • Karl

      The EcoSport was just brought over as a stop gap until it is fully redesigned,Ford thought they just had to offer something until the new model came along..

  • Viral

    Volvo did better it better, at least that car offered all wheel drive.

    • Stephen G

      But it cost 3 times more.

  • Jason Panamera
  • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

    More rubbish, like the EcoSport, made for developing countries.

  • Paul

    They’re taking it a bit to far. For whom may I ask? lol

  • Tumbi Mtika

    That is really ugly.

  • EVEN WORSE than the Renault Logan Stepway.

  • Bo Hanan

    “High suspension?” Should make handling special.

  • Craig

    What I would like to see is an AWD car that you could raise up by 3″ or so on those day you need to.

  • WHAT A GLOOMY INTERIOR.

    • Karl

      Totally agree,a little color would have brightened up things quite a bit.

  • Subi-Rubicon1

    I think it looks pretty alright. I wish Subaru would bring back the Legacy Outback!

  • ace_9

    The wheels are too big…

  • Oh God why…. never get the whole saloon with so called “off road enhancement”

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