By on November 5, 2013

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That mysterious sedan spied by Ronnie Schreiber might really be a Ford after all. Numerous sources have told TTAC that the sedan is indeed a Ford, based on certain tell-tale clues.  A TTAC reader from Brazil also sent us this note

 “…it is the sedan version of the new Ford Ka, or Escort, as some are saying it is going to be named.
 
The car will be powered by a 1.0 three cylinder engine. Similar to the 1.0 EcoBoost, but with no boost, or else, with no turbocharger, in order for it to be cheaper. This car will also be sold in India (as Figo), China and other emerging countries. Even Europe will receive it to replace the current Ka and work as a sort of Sandero from Ford. This sedan will have a nice trunk capacity (around 500 litres) and probably a stronger engine, the 1.5 that is currently used in the New Fiesta in Brazil.”
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73 Comments on “Sedan Spied By TTAC Might Be The New Ford Escort...”


  • avatar
    davefromcalgary

    Makes sense. The headlights screamed Ford to me, based on the Fusion.

    • 0 avatar
      sayahh

      Totally looks like a mini-Fusion, or Fusion Jr., much like the ’90s Corolla was meant to look/feel like a mini-Lexus.

      I just got lucky with the Escort guess, if indeed Ford is going revive that nameplate. Retro is (still) in, I guess. I’m just still upset about Ford not being able give the Fusion its original name (Futura). While I’m at it, I’m also mad at Jeep for dropping the Cherokee nameplate in favor of Liberty, Toyota for not calling the GT86/86/FT86/FR-S a Celica (or even a Corolla GTS) in the States, and finally Ford again for changing the name Taurus to Ford Five Hundred and (luckily) back to Taurus once more. It’s like AT&T telling all the AT&T Wireless stores to change their names to Cingular, only to change their mind and go back to AT&T Mobility after another merger (and several million dollars spent in changing signs). But I digress. Big time.

      • 0 avatar
        thornmark

        Ford dropped those names because, as GM has done regularly, the names had a strongly negative connotation, being associated with poor products.

        The previous gen Taurus/Sable was a massive failure, cementing Ford’s reputation as the premier rental/fleet supplier. Overpriced and unfortunate-looking, the all-new 1996 Taurus and Sable were arguably bigger flops than the 1962 Mopars as 51% of sales of the NEW 1996 Taurus went to rental fleets! In an attempt to go upscale, Ford went downmarket.

        The new Five Hundred was another reach back, but again, with what was/is regarded as the worst full size product extant. Changing the name back to Taurus didn’t help change that fact, rather, it reinforced it. Panthers only look good in comparison to the replacement.

        Similarly, the name Escort is dire to those who have the misfortunate of remembering the American versions.

        • 0 avatar
          greaseyknight

          I’ll agree with you on the Taurus, but whats wrong with the 3 generation of Escorts that we had? They weren’t as good as the comparable Honda/Toyota/Nissan’s, but they where essentially a Mazda. Nothing horrible about them to give the name a black mark IMHO.

        • 0 avatar

          While the Escort name might be bad in America, it’s revered here in Brazil and in Europe. Witness the interest shown for the Escort study shown. A Ford named Escort would be very well received here. I can see the headlines already, “the good times are back” and whatnot.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            So this model would be a hit in Brazil, Marcelo?

          • 0 avatar

            Hey 28!

            You bet. The Ka hatch should aim at top 5 (over 20k sales a month).

            The Ka sedan is top 10 material (around 10k a month).

            The Escort could be top 20 (anywhere from 5k to 10k a month).

          • 0 avatar
            AG4

            This is not the new Escort, the new Escort is based on the C1 platform of the Mk2 Focus.
            The Ka/Figo sedan is based on what is believed to be a shortened Fiesta platform.

            Patent drawing of the New Escort: http://s1.cdn.autoevolution.com/images/news/gallery/ford-escort-shows-up-in-patent-photos_1.jpg?1382537085

          • 0 avatar
            sayahh

            @AG4: it could still be called an Escort, just not in China. Just like there is (was?) a Fusion in Europe and a Fusion in the USA and they were not the same car. (Fusion and Mondeo were more closely related than the Fusions.)

            I don’t know what it will be called. Heck, I’m not even 100% sure that it will be a Ford. But it won’t be a Mercury. (Heh, heh heh.)

          • 0 avatar
            AG4

            @sayahh, that’s a possibility I guess.
            Lets wait and see, a Junior-sized Escort the size of a 1981 Escort sounds interesting.

            PS: I still wonder if Ford would still use one name on two unrelated vehicles, there is currently only one Fusion now.
            Perhaps they will add a 2nd name?
            Like the Ford Transit range for example.
            Large ones are just called Transit, the smaller EU one is called Transit Custom, the even smaller one is called Transit Connect and the little Fiesta based EU model is called Transit Courier.

          • 0 avatar
            sayahh

            @AG4: “Perhaps they will add a 2nd name?”
            Like Fiesta Classic?

            http://www.team-bhp.com/news/rumour-next-gen-ford-figo-be-produced-brazil-2014

            “In India, the next-generation Ford Figo will be the first product to be built at the under-construction Sanand factory. The sedan, based on the new hatchback, will replace the Classic (rebadged previous-gen Ford Fiesta) in India.”

          • 0 avatar
            AG4

            @sayahh, I read in the Brazillian blog “noticias automotivas”, that there was a customer survey in Brazil, one of the questions was “Do you prefer the sedan to be called Ka Max, Ka Sedan or Figo?”

      • 0 avatar
        Marko

        I thought the ’14 Fiesta was supposed to be a Fusion Jr. – so does that mean this is a “Fusion Jr., Jr.”?

      • 0 avatar
        AG4

        @sayahh, this is not the new Escort.
        The new Escort is based on the C1 platform of the Mk2 Focus.
        Notice the Escort has quarter windows on the C-pillars.
        http://s1.cdn.autoevolution.com/images/news/gallery/ford-escort-shows-up-in-patent-photos_1.jpg?1382537085

        The upcoming Figo/Ka is smaller than the current Fiesta.

  • avatar
    RHD

    I guessed it would be some sort of small Mitsubishi, as the wheel wells look more Japanese than American. The extra-narrow rear doors portend very little leg room for the rear passengers.
    All seriousness aside, though, it looks much to young to be an Escort.

  • avatar
    2kriss2kross

    I was pretty adamant this was the rumored Mirage sedan but looking at the headlights, I think it’s a Ford as well. The turn signals have a Focus influence to them.

  • avatar
    Athos Nobile

    Considering I wasn’t aware of the new Ka/Figo/whatevs… I got most of it right: Ford product, B-segment.

    :)

  • avatar
    brenschluss

    The Escort concept was already revealed and it certainly seems to be a different car than this, unless there will be different Escorts for different markets, which would go against the whole One Ford thing.

    http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/slideshows/auto/ford-unveils-new-escort-concept-at-auto-shanghai-2013/slideshow/19688058.cms

    Length of the hood, roofline, placement of door handles relative to wheel centers are all tipoffs that these are different cars.

    • 0 avatar
      Kenmore

      Holy Hayzoos, you are so right.

      That car in your link photo has absolutely nothing in common with the bloated roach here.

      • 0 avatar
        brenschluss

        Worth making clear is that this is the same reveal which Al from Oz linked to, saying it was the same car as our camouflaged mystery subcompact.

        So either there are two Escorts for different markets, or Derek and the unnamed Brazilian TTAC reader need new specs too. If the former isn’t true, then I’m a little perturbed that something like this made the front page.

        • 0 avatar
          Pch101

          If I am not mistaken, the next Escort is a China-only vehicle, which will be sold as a lower cost compact alternative to the more premium Focus. I haven’t seen anything in the automotive press that indicates that the Escort nameplate is being resurrected for other markets.

          • 0 avatar
            brenschluss

            Makes sense. I suppose it’s possible that between concept and production there have been some drastic changes to basic hard points (dash-to-axle for example,) but this is far enough from the concept that I wouldn’t bet on it.

          • 0 avatar
            Pch101

            The car photographed by Mr. Schreiber doesn’t appear to be the Chinese-market Escort. The Escort is a larger car, for one thing.

            Furthermore, I’ve seen no indication that there are plans to sell cars with the Escort nameplate in other markets.

            Accordingly, I don’t think that this car will be called an Escort or that it has anything to do with the Escort that was revealed in Shanghai.

        • 0 avatar

          This is a low-cost car that could wear the Escort nameplate in certain markets, such as Brazil.

          • 0 avatar
            tresmonos

            Seeing the history of weird platform naming in South America, I could see this, especially since it will be a 4 and 5 door. One global badge supplier. We are already seeing Chinese specific CD platforms, why not a Chinese specific C platform?

          • 0 avatar
            brenschluss

            Is there any precedent for releasing cars in different segments under the same nameplate in separate markets?

            That didn’t occur to me as something Ford would do these days, but I’m OK with being wrong.

          • 0 avatar

            Derek, tresmonos, benscluss,

            The more I see this the more I see a Ka. If Ford is thinking of naming the car Escort in Brazil, it won’t work. We have our history here too you know!

            It’s been tried once before. By GM no less. Some years ago, when Opel launched the Insignia in Europe to replace the Vectra, it was deemed to expensive for Brazil. GM’s solution? Build here a more modern version of Opel’s Astra and call it a Vectra. So GM here produced here basically two versions of the Astra, an older version that kept the name Astra and a newer name re-christened Versa so as to lend it some prestige. The backlash was huge and the Vectra never gained any real traction in the market. It was a tainted car for Brazil GM fans and though enthusiasts don’t make or brake any car in the market, the noise against the car was enough that many buyers were scared off. Of course, in that instance it didn’t help GM that the Civic and Corolla were taking over GM’s traditional leadership of that particular market segment.

            So what would happen were Ford to try the same? The same backlash, the same comments lambasting Ford for being a hypocrite, the same taint would get to the car. I don’t think Ford would repeat that mistake and use a respected name like Escort for a market segment that could be labeled inferior. Specially as the Fiesta already exists and in people’s minds the Escort was always more prestigious then the Fiesta.

            In China though I can’t say. I believe the Escort never inhabited China so there I believe they’re pretty free to try what they want.

          • 0 avatar
            Pch101

            “Is there any precedent for releasing cars in different segments under the same nameplate in separate markets?”

            The US Fusion was entirely different from the Euro-market Fusion (sedan vs. MPV).

            The second generation Ka is a city car in Europe and a B-class car in South America.

            Still, I don’t see any indication that the sedan pictured here will be called an Escort, in any market. Ford has applied that name to compacts, not to subcompacts.

            If this car turns out to be a Ka/Figo with a trunk/boot, then it could be given a different name. The Ikon name has been used in India and Mexico for B-class sedans, so perhaps that would be a suitable candidate?

          • 0 avatar

            In Brazil, when the Ford Ikon was imported for a brief while back in the 90s (IIRC) they changed the name to Ford Fiesta Street and everybody just called it Fiesta sedan. So much so that later more basic Ford cars in Brazil have used the sobriquet “Street”. I think they didn’t find Ikon at the time adequate, and I don’t think they’ll find it useful now. It doesn’t sound all too good in Portuguese if you ask me, but I’m just guessing here. The Ka name is well established and respected here. I have no idea why change it here, unless it’s for some One Ford reason. Figo by the way won’t fly here either. It’s the name of a fruit or of a good luck talisman. Much like the Fiesta/Figo names co-exist, I see no good reason why Ikon/Ka couldn’t. The Ka AFAIK never made it to India or Mexico. So Ikon could work there if it has in the past.

          • 0 avatar
            tresmonos

            Thank you for your insight, Marcelo.

          • 0 avatar

            Hey tresmonos, you’re welcome. i value your insights immensely. BTW, keep an eye on the site today. here’ll be more “insights” along the same line.

          • 0 avatar
            AG4

            @Derek Kreindler, I read in the Brazillian blog “noticias automotivas”, that there was a customer survey in Brazil, one of the questions was “Do you prefer the sedan to be called Ka Max, Ka Sedan or Figo?”

  • avatar
    Kenmore

    Has any other sad little runt of an econocar ever received so much attention on TTAC? I think it’s been more the guessing game than the goods.

  • avatar
    HerrKaLeun

    Ford stole the succesful Toyota Echo design?

  • avatar
    Zackman

    Hello? Ford? Chevy calling; we want our Sonic sedan back!

  • avatar

    Guess we’ll just have to wait and see. The Ka, and its sedan version would be much smaller than the Escort. The Escort studies shown previously had more in common with a Logan, size-wise. Maybe Ford has decided to stall the development of the Escort in order to not cannibalize the Fiesta. In Brazil, and I’m guessing other 3rd World markets this kind of car is hugely successful, the current Ford hierarchy is Ka-Fiesta-Focus-Fusion. There is literally no space to squeeze the Escort in. Unless they planned to move the Fiesta downmarket and the Focus up. Other makers in Brazil overlap this hierarchy pretty much and is not as clear cut as Ford’s. Also, you have to remember that in Brazil (and I’m guessing other markets), Ford sell two generations of the Fiesta. The old generation is selling very well now that with the launch of the new Fiesta, it suffered a price reduction and is currently one the cars with the best price/benefit relationship. I’m guessing they’ll hold off the Escort until the market kills the old Fiesta as the current gen Fiesta is attractive enough that it’s occupying the price range that would “naturally” be the Escort’s.

    Anyways, despite many in the North not getting it, this segment of the market is very hot. All makers with volume are invested in it. It has been one of the growing market segments in Brazil. Cars like the escort or Logan, future VW Santana, Fiat Grand Siena have a wheelbase as long as a Corolla’s or Focus, are wider than the traditional compact sedan, but just a hair longer. They sit 5 people comfortably and hold 500L of baggage. And yes, at least in Brazil, the market views the sedans as more prestigious than the hatches.

    I think another thing confusing this issue is the India market. As our collaborator Faisal has pointed out, the new Ka sedan probably falls in the lower tax bracket while the new Escort wouldn’t. I think Ford is going to follow VW’s lead and launch the Ka first (to compete with up!) then the Escort could follow the Santana in CHina. As long as the Fiesta is selling as well as it is, I think they’ll hold off the Escort in BRazil.

    • 0 avatar
      juicy sushi

      It makes sense, this does seem well suited to that role. If it turns out to be cheap, fun and fuel efficient then it would be a shame if we don’t get one, as those are the things I want in a car…

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Tresmonos was right, way to go man.

  • avatar
    tresmonos

    The windshield labeling says it’s part of the PD fleet for Ford. The yellow lettering is the vehicle’s Tag #, indicating owner and salability of the vehicle after use.

    I was wrong about the build. This is probably a M1 build. VP units would have tooled up wheels.

    The big question is why is the 3D canvas camo not present? Did the program not receive funding for canvas 3D camouflage and just get money for vinyl? (because no one gives a sh1t about a A segment car) Did the PD engineers take it off for testing? Did the PD engineers just plain f*ck up because the poor FCG that they sent to go sit in front of WRIF’s antennae didn’t know process? Or has this program literally been canceled after a M1 build? (very rare / unlikely, but needed to be asked) Last reason why it could be off is the product was already revealed, which I don’t think is the case.

    I’ve been on programs with new tooled fascias / sheet metal that didn’t get money for 3D canvas camouflage but were required to keep a lockable car cover on the vehicle when parked or moving slowly on Ford property. The car covers were capable of being driven at low speeds. These programs where ones that no one gave a sh1t about. Think Flex, MkT, E series. These units only had vinyl around the new tooled parts. This unit having vinyl all over it makes me lean towards the fact that it should have 3D canvas on it. So why is it off? That is the big question.

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      Poor Flex and MKT. Ford only gives you money to be refreshed and stuff MFT inside you. Meanwhile, the Explorer Sport further marginalizes you with profitablity that you could never hope to realize.

      • 0 avatar
        tresmonos

        To be fair, they were ‘sister’ launches with U502 and D258. The Chicago launch led, and Oakville was one build behind. And the MkT got the livery treatment with a new powertrain. It’s what happens when the only thing differentiating you is a couple of fascia’s and low volume interior tooling.

        • 0 avatar
          bball40dtw

          My wife likes her MkT much better than her parents Explorer Sport and now Flex Ecoboost. She also likes the Lincoln dealer experience much better.

          For me, the biggest plus for the MkT is that it’s the cheapest way to buy a Ford CUV with the 3.5GTDI in the certified used market. One year old Explorer Sports and Flex Ecoboosts are going for $35-42K. That says something about the Lincoln brand when its Ford siblings do better in the used market. Same goes for the MkS with the 3.5GTDI and some last gen MKZs/MKXs.

          • 0 avatar
            danio3834

            The looks of the MKT certainly doesn’t help it’s chances in the used market. Even the breadbox Flex is decidedly more attractive.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            I agree Danio. Even engineers that work/worked on it think it is ugly. I remember how the concept was given significant praise. Once it was actually built, not so much.

            It may be Ford’s best interior though.

          • 0 avatar
            danio3834

            I agree they are really nicely appointed and comfortable inside. They drive nice as well.

          • 0 avatar
            tresmonos

            I fell in love with the MkT on a cross country tour via a fleet vehicle. If I were to not pull out of my girl friend, I would be searching for one to future proof my life. I loved it’s interior, power and handling. It didn’t get much better fuel economy than my F150, though.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            My wife averages around 18-19 MPG right now. However, her commute is short and consists of the stop and go of Twelve Mile Rd in Oakland County. It does better on the freeway on trips up north.

            Ah the pull and pray method of birth control…

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            Ford has been outperfoming Lincoln at the auctions for some time, the only exception I can think of it MKS.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            Sadly 28, you are right. I’ve even seen SHOs priced higher than MKSs. The MkT was actually the cheapest way for me to get a 3.5 Ecoboost in a used car period. It priced out better than even an MkX, which doesn’t even have an Ecoboost option.

  • avatar
    Pch101

    The Escort (at least for China) will be a compact. It supposedly will be shaped like this: http://www.leftlanenews.com/ford-escort-2014.html‎

    The car in the photo above appears to be a subcompact. It doesn’t resemble the renderings in the link above, nor the concept car debuted in Shanghai.

    As far as I can tell, no one in the press has yet figured out what nameplate(s) will be assigned to the new subcompact. Those names could vary from market to market.

    • 0 avatar
      tresmonos

      “One Ford” seems to have been sidelined for China and South America product planning. Since global cars truly share only share ~50-60% part content and shared nameplates don’t impact regional marketing costs, the only real cost save is the platform / core engineering functions. Globalization has made trim and sheet metal cheap and easy.

      • 0 avatar

        “One Ford”, world cars are just not viable. In Brazil, Ford needs a Ka. A Ka, while viable in Europe does not seem to have much of a market in the US. The Ford Escort from the 80s was Ford’s first try. Well, when it came to Brazil, it was just too expensive and competed with cars aimed at the high middle class. At the same time, local projects such as the VW Gol were taking off, Fiat was coming strong, so Ford got totally left behind for lack of an adequate product.

        Though the world is smaller today than it’s ever been before, and while certain forgotten parts of the world are better off than they’re ever been, it just doesn’t make sense the one size fits all mentality. People in America have a hard time grasping just how much of a status symbol a Focus is or how a Fusion is a veritable dream.

        Give us our Kas and super sized Escorts. They’re sturdy, durable, economic and easy to maintain. Sprinkle in some handling prowess and we’ll even forget about the lack of power.

        • 0 avatar
          tresmonos

          Some food for thought: B299 was supposed to die but got a reprieve as it’s replacement wasn’t ready (B4XX or something along that naming moniker). When B299 is dead for North America (and Europe) after this 4 year cycle, it won’t be built in Cuatitlan. Will the B299 live on in South America as the same as the previous Fiesta or will it consolidate? It makes this Ka/Figo spy shot even more confusing as the program timing seems a bit close to the current, extended Fiesta platform’s EOL.

          • 0 avatar
            Pch101

            The Ka in Europe is a city car that is a variation of the Fiat 500. That is being discontinued, and the name will probably be retired there.

            The Ka in South America is a different, larger car that could be classed as a subcompact.

            This looks like some sort of developing world vehicle that won’t be sold in either Europe or the US. If limited to those markets, then that would justify the amortization of older platforms that have been retired elsewhere.

          • 0 avatar
            tresmonos

            That makes sense. It also provides an explanation to Cuatitlan’s excess capacity should the plant stick with the platform (if it doesn’t become a region specific truck or CD platform plant).

            I used the Ka name as I don’t know what their branding strategy would be, not because I believe the Fiat platform is pertinent to this article.

            The regions applicable to this photographed unit would also explain it’s lack of camouflage in Michigan.

          • 0 avatar
            Pch101

            There have been spy shots (with the usual paint treatment) of a similarly sized hatchback. I don’t think that anyone in the press has yet figured out what they plan on calling that hatchback or exactly what slot that it is going to fill.

            If this is a sedan version of the same car, then the mystery continues.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            I’m interested in what the Ford plant shake-up will be over the next few years. There seems to be product moving around already. So far the winner seems to be Flat Rock.

          • 0 avatar

            tresmonos, I wrote an article on the new Ka for TTAC a while back. In it I detailed that even though the Ka supposedly wouldn’t be sold in Europe, its development is being lorded over by Ford Germany and also in the UK. That could mean that in this stagnant Europe of today, if the car is up to par in terms of safety and the price were really low, the Ka could find its way there. Though we can be pretty sure that in Western Europe at least only the Ka hatch would be offered. Compact sedans don’t sell in Western Europe.

          • 0 avatar

            Pch101, right you are. The second generation Ka was just a Fiat 500 in Ford clothing. It was built right alongside the 500 at Fiat’s Poland factory. Small wonder it didn’t do too well. Why buy a Ford is you could buy an original from Fiat?

            Now the first Ka was a hit in Europe. It was a different market back then and the Twingo and Clio, to cite just 2, were very close in size and conception to the original Ka. After that the market moved on, cars like the Clio and the Fiesta grew. There’s also now the Dacia Sandero, selling size for the same price as the smallest cars. I sincerely don’t know if there’s a market in Western Europe for a car the size of the Ka. I guess it comes down to pricing and cost to build. Where could it be built so that the price point would be worthwhile for Ford? Ford shuttering plants in Europe almost means that it’ll have to come from elsewhere. The second Ka also shows that Ford couldn’t close the numbers to justify building it itself. However, if a business case could be made, Europeans do have a tradition woth small subcompacts. From what I’ve read on this car it’d be larger than the 500, but smaller than the Clio. Could this size still be attractive in Europe? We’ll just have to follow the story.

      • 0 avatar
        Pch101

        Ford claims that One Ford calls for a unified management plan, and doesn’t preclude the development of regional vehicles.

        If this subcompact shares a platform with the Fiesta and uses common drivetrains, then the development costs can’t be all that high.

        • 0 avatar
          tresmonos

          Both of you are right and this vehicle looks to further consolidate on the B299′s platform.

          So long as the ‘unified’ design theme holds, my One Ford assessment was off.

  • avatar
    Volt 230

    If the price of gas and the level of wages here were the same as Brazil and other countries, then the Ford one world car could work, but don’t worry at the rate we’re going, we’re gonna get there eventually.

  • avatar
    AG4

    This is not the new Escort. The new Escort is based on the C1 platform of the Mk2 Focus which is still in production in China.

    The car above is a sedan version of the upcoming Figo/Ka which is positioned below the Fiesta. It is smaller than the Focus-based Escort.

    Look again at the patent drawings of the new Escort, like the concept, it has a rear quarter windows on the C-pillars.
    http://s1.cdn.autoevolution.com/images/news/gallery/ford-escort-shows-up-in-patent-photos_1.jpg?1382537085

    The Ka/Figo sedan are two different cars.

  • avatar
    sayahh

    @ag4: I remember the Ford Ranger being larger outside of the US. Ditto for the Hilux, even though it’s called the Tacoma here. The American Camry and Corolla used to be different sized as the rest of the world, too, if not completely different, no? Also, here’s some more speculation about the mystery car from Brazil:
    http://www.carrobonito.com/2013/10/08/ford-new-escort-concept-novo-modelo-podera-ser-lancado-no-brasil/

  • avatar
    sayahh

    Global Project B562 Ford (Brazil, China, India)

    Autoblog in Argentina and Car & Driver in Brazil thinks that it’s the Ka.
    http://autoblog.com.ar/2013/08/secreto-el-nuevo-ford-ka-se-presenta-a-comienzos-del-2014/

    http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2013-07-24/news/40772079_1_ford-india-figo-ecosport

    “A small hatchback, a sub-4 metre sedan and a midsize compact sedan are being considered to be rolled out over the next two three years.

    The development work of hatchback and mid-size compact sedan is gathering speed, however sub-4 metre sedan is still at a consideration stage, said people in the know of the development.

    The hatchback may be placed alongside the existing Figo, the sub-4 metre sedan if given a go ahead will take on Maruti Suzuki Dzire and Honda Amaze and the mid-size compact sedan will replace Fiesta classic. Globally the hatchback is expected to replace the Ka small car, people close to the company told ET.”

  • avatar
    Crackpot

    Looks like this is the saloon version of the new Ka. http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/next-gen-ford-ka-leaked

  • avatar
    Athos Nobile

    Update, this is almost sure to be a sedan version of new Ka.

    http://www.goauto.com.au/mellor/mellor.nsf/story2/4F6F77F76FC2CDBFCA257C230002873D

    Not too bad.

    • 0 avatar
      sayahh

      Agree, but what will it be called? And will it come to the States?

      Toyota FT-86 became FR-S and GT86. Well, FT86 if you’re in Jamaica. Will this Ka Concept still be a Ka? (Probably, but what about the sedan/saloon?)


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