• Small Mystery Ford Spy Shots
  • Small Mystery Ford Spy Shots
  • Small Mystery Ford Spy Shots
  • Small Mystery Ford Spy Shots
  • Small Mystery Ford Spy Shots
  • Small Mystery Ford Spy Shots
  • Small Mystery Ford Spy Shots
  • Small Mystery Ford Spy Shots
Our spy photographers have just popped off a few shots of something curious. This little runabout was spotted in Germany out testing with a current-generation Ford Fiesta. We're fairly confident the machine is a Ford, but exactly which Ford model is up for debate. The hatchback could be the next-generation Ka, but we've also heard that the Blue Oval supermini might not get a replacement. Our shooter says the five-door is a bit smaller than the current Fiesta, though there is a chance that this rig is just an engineering mule for drivetrain development. Then again, it could be a model built specifically for the South African market or China, or not a Ford at all.

Whatever it is and wherever it's headed, you can check out in the gallery for a closer look before heading into Comments to weigh in with your best guess.


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      Felipe Politano
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well, it IS indeed the next ford Ka (and the first 5-foor version of that car as well), but NOT for the european market. It will be built and sold in markets such as China, India and Brazil, slotting beneath the Fiesta and replacing cars like the current Ka (a stretched version of the first gen european Ka, nothing to do with the Fiat 500-based car currently sold in Europe) and the Figo and Fiesta Rocam (respectively brazilian-specific and indian-specific models based on the last gen Fiesta). It will be motivated by a base non-Ecoboost'ed 1.0 3 cylinder engine, good for something like 75 to 80hp; loaded models may get the optional 1.0 Ecoboost (105 to 125hp) in India or China, and the aspirated 1.5 "Sigma" engine (110hp) in Brazil and other Latin American markets. The little Ka will also spawn a 3-door version and and a sedan. A sporty version is likely, since it has become a tradition in previous generations; a 1.6 version (from the Focus/FIesta) good for some 130hp is being speculated, but there's still no clear evidence or word from Ford. The new Ka will be Ford's most important model in Latin America, since it will be competing in the red hot "popular compact" arena - this is how brazilians call the low budget, subcompact segment, which is responsible for nearly 1/3 of all cars sold in the country; the Ka will have to battle the likes of the Chevy Onix, Fiat Palio, Hyundai HB20 and the perennial best seller VW Gol, all brazilian-specific models. The brazilian Ka is due to debut by the end of this spring (fall in the US), most likely late november. Btw, this was all collected from major brazilian car magazines, so it's not like I'm making it up!
      Andrew L
      • 1 Year Ago
      Figo?
        The_Zachalope
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew L
        I'd go with Figo. The Ka has always been 3-Door, and this looks like it'd be encroaching on Fiesta size.
        John S
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew L
        Figo was my first guess. A car I totally dig btw. I'd buy a Figo in the US before a Fiesta.
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nissan is going to unveil the new Datsun in India July 15, apparently it will be a five door hatchback powered by a 1.2L four cylinder. Priced around $5,500 when it will go on sale next year. I suspect Ford is getting a competitor ready, don't be surprised if the other car companies have similar programs in the pipeline for India and other emerging markets.
        Cruising
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cruising
        I also wanted to throw out there Ford Figo just because the headlights remind me of that.
      Donnerfiffi
      • 1 Year Ago
      The pictures are definitely taken in Spain. maybe close to Valencia where the Ford Almusafes plant is located. The Fiesta in the picture has a German license plate from Cologne that reads K-Q... All Ford company and lease cars in Cologne use this letter comination of K-QJ, K-QM, K-QL or anything after K-Q. The antenna base on the mysterious car is a Ford part from the Fiesta.
        aatbloke1967
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Donnerfiffi
        The parked vehicles all have Spanish number plates, which is a giveaway. But Ford conduct a huge amount of testing in Spain so I'm a loss as to why posters on here believe they've cracked some sort of clandestine encryption.
      basiq
      • 1 Year Ago
      Let's see. It's not Germany ("Se Vende" sign and red license plate) although the pace car in one shot has Cologne tags. It's got a front engine that needs to breathe air indicating ICE; no visible exhaust but Ford does that these days. Design and fuel filler doors are different from recent Fiesta sightings so it's probably a Ka. the only mystery then would be the F.V. marking front and back. No clue what it means.
        Andrea M
        • 1 Year Ago
        @basiq
        I think they are in Spain. There's a spanish flag visible in two pictures. "Se vende" is spanish for "For sale". Red license plates with white letters are spanish temporary license plates for companies. Those red FV markings are a spanish thing, and are intended for test vehicles (V-12 Placa de ensayo o investigación)
      aacfx09
      • 1 Year Ago
      Production version of Escort concept? http://www.netcarshow.com/ford/2013-escort_concept/
      AM2
      • 1 Year Ago
      Aside from Ford styling cues like the hood with its narrow central bulge, its got Fiesta door handles. http://i367.photobucket.com/albums/oo118/AM2_album/Ka-Figo-replacement-Fiesta-door-handles.jpg
      Justin Shaw
      • 1 Year Ago
      Go Ford, continue to dominate Europe.
      Saab RedJ
      • 1 Year Ago
      The pictures of the car have been taken in spain. The car has spanish plates on, and on the 3rd picture, you can read "se vende", which means for sale in spanish. The car looks a like a Ford Figo based on the new Fiesta as the current one looks like the 2002-2012 european Ford Fusion, which was a kind of Fiesta based micro-VAN.
      SquareFour
      • 1 Year Ago
      Obviously it's a new Lincoln! ;) Ha ha! I beat the usual suspects to the metaphorical punch!
      Andy Smith
      • 1 Year Ago
      The doorhandles look like Ford, and the grille outline resembles the current Fiesta, but it's really hard to tell with camo.
      Brodz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Figo update?
        AM2
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Brodz
        Seems like it, some expect Ford to replace all sub-Fiesta models with just one car. So the Ka, Brazillian Ka and Indian-made Figo could be replaced by just one car.
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