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.