Ford has revealed it will debut a new compact concept at the Delhi Auto Expo in India next month.
The carmaker says its new concept has been developed to the specifications of its global ‘One Ford’ program, but will focus on the “specific needs of consumers in India”.
The concept’s unveiling in Delhi may also not be its first appearance, with a closely cropped teaser image today suggesting a second look at the new Ka ‘concept’ revealed in November.
Developed in Brazil, the new Ka will focus on emerging markets, including South America, India and a number of key markets in the Asia-Pacific region.
In India alone, the compact car segment accounts for around 1 million of the market’s total sales, which topped 2.7 million in 2013.
Ford expects annual compact car sales in India to grow to 2 million by 2018, and it expects that market - along with the wider Asia-Pacific region - to make up nearly a third of its global sales by the middle of this decade.
The Ka’s debut in India could also make it a replacement for the light Figo hatch, developed in Australia off the previous-generation Fiesta.
If the Ka does replace the Figo, an Australian debut could also be on the cards.
In 2011, Ford Australia confirmed it was investigating options for bringing the Figo’s eventual replacement to the local market.
"It's on our radar and we're keenly aware of what our competitors are doing in the 'ultra-light' class, particularly given that the sub-$12,000 to $13,000 segment now seems to have ignited interest in Australia," Ford Australia’s Neil McDonald told TMR in 2011.