Rumours were abound last month that Ford was about to put an end to its little Ka city runaround but the Blue Oval has hit back with fresh shots of a new urban small car.
The Ka Concept formed part of a recent announcement in Brazil where Ford revealed information on future models, particularly those that are suited to the needs of emerging markets.
Images of the Ka Cocnept reveal that Ford has opted for a 'shrunken Fiesta' approach to the future city car, ditching the cute and bubbly exterior of the current model and instead opting to run with the Aston Martin-style grille found on many current Ford products.
The concept appears to be fairly production-ready, with minimal changes required to bring the model to market.
But despite the impressively 'finished' nature of the images, Ford remain tight-lipped about specification and engines, although the media speculated that the model could use a naturally-aspirated 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit with around 80bhp and a 1.5-litre number producing 110bhp when running on ethanol and 105bhp when using petrol.
Ford says the model is likely to go on sale in Brazil first and then enter other emerging markets. Ford Motor Company executive chairman Bill Ford said: "Ford has a long history in Brazil, bringing development, jobs and growth to the region."
"It will delight consumers with its sleek design, clever technology, attention-to-detail quality and superb craftsmanship. It also shows the continued importance of our South American design and engineering capabilities to serve markets around the world. It's truly another global design and engineering milestone for Ford," he added.