The seventh-generation Ford Fiesta, which kicked off Ford’s new “Active” line of crossover-inspired cars with the 2017 Ford Fiesta Active, has spawned another un-car-like variant: a van. Aimed squarely at Europe’s commercial vehicle market, and intended to help Ford remain the best-selling commercial vehicle brand on the continent for the fourth straight year, the new Ford Fiesta Van “marks the company’s return to the urban hatchback van market,” the automaker said in a release.
The Ford Fiesta Van’s three-door body offers a practical load compartment with nearly 1.3 meters of load length, capable of hauling roughly a cubic meter of cargo. It boasts a tough rubber floor covering, four tie-down hooks, and a bulkhead made of composite and mesh. The Fiesta Van’s gross payload is nearly 500 kg (1,100 pounds).
Providing motivation for the Ford Fiesta Van and its cargo is essentially the same range of engines as the non-commercial models enjoy. For petrol engine options, the new Ford Fiesta Van offers a choice of two: a 1.1-liter normally-aspirated three-cylinder (85 horsepower), or a 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder (125 horsepower). Small business owners and commercial fleets hoping for a diesel will have to settle for Ford’s 1.5-liter Duratorq unit, which can be optioned with either 85 or 120 horsepower.
The Ford Fiesta Van will be available with Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment and an embedded FordPass Connect modem, but probably the biggest news with regard to its available technologies is the wide range of driver assist features it’s inherited from the pedestrian Fiesta models. Making the list:
- Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert
- Active Park Assist with Perpendicular Parking
- Lake Keeping System
- Traffic Sign Recognition
- Adjustable Speed Limiter
On top of everything else, a fashionable “Sport” model will even be available, with unique design treatments for the front and rear, color-coded rocker panels, 18-inch alloys, snazzier seat and trim materials, and a unique steering wheel, pedals, and gear lever. The Sport model comes standard with the Adjustable Speed Limiter and Lane Keeping System.
Orders for the all-new Ford Fiesta Van will start this spring, with deliveries commencing in the autumn.