Brazil – Ford Ka+ (Figo Sedan for India) makes its first public appearance


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Will launch in October.

The production-spec Ford Ka+ sedan which made its online debut in the form of a single official image has been showcased for the first time in Brazil. Auto Esporte reports that the new global B segment sedan would be launched in the nation in October, possibly at the Sao Paulo Motor Show.

Ford Ka+ sedan showcased in Brazil front three quarter
The Ford Ka+ is expected to be launched at the Sao Paulo Motor Show in October.

The sedan was previewed earlier this year by a concept car which was a longer version of the sub-4 metre Ford Figo Sedan concept that world premiered just before the 2014 Auto Expo.

Save for a mildly different front bumper, the Ka+ looks exactly like the Ka hatchback almost till the C-pillar, post which the third box is added. The duo features similar greenhouse and doors and even the taillight shapes are very close.

Ford Ka+ sedan showcased in Brazil front
The Ka+ is powered by a 1.5-litre flex-fuel engine developing 111 PS.

The models also share their interior which is equipped with the Ford SYNC multimedia infotainment system with AppLink system. The dashboard design and layout draws a leaf from the Fiesta’s book.

The Ka+ is powered by a 1.5-litre flex-fuel motor which is borrowed from the Fiesta. To be paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox, the motor puts out 111 PS (109.4 bhp). Ford could also offer an automatic transmission to enhance the car’s appeal.

Ford Ka+ sedan showcased in Brazil rear three quarter
The Ford Ka+ is slightly longer than the India-bound Figo sedan which will be a sub-4 metre product.

The Ka and Ka+ will enter India as the next gen Ford Figo and Classic (sub-4 metre) respectively. Production is expected to start on April 1 2015 at the automaker’s new Sanand plant which is nearing completion.

Competitors in India: Maruti Swift Dzire, Honda Amaze, Hyundai Xcent, Tata Zest

Expected Price: INR 5-8 lakhs

Launch Date in India: April 2015

[Images from Auto Esporte]

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