The Fiesta Van, like other light commercial vehicles based on traditional cars, plugs the gap in the market for people who need lots of load space, but who also want the agility and poise of a hatchback.
There’s a flat bed in the back, a full-on steel bulkhead, a payload of around 530kg, and a 1,283mm maximum load length, giving a 0.96m3 load volume.
Yet, everywhere else you look, it’s a normal Ford Fiesta with all the creature comforts we’ve grown to expect.
Looks wise, there’s a brand new bonnet design that increases the height of the nose, combined with larger upper grilles. The Ford “blue oval” badge is now displayed within the grille, rather than on the bonnet lip, ‘contributing to greater road presence’, says Ford.
LED headlights are standard while at the rear, the taillights also receive new black surrounds for a more sophisticated appearance.
There are two distinct trim levels - ‘Sport’ and ‘Trend’.
Sport models boost the visual appeal using a honeycomb grille with gloss black finish and wide, body-coloured side vents. New 17-inch metallic-finish alloy wheels and lower sports suspension give a more purposeful appearance, which can be enhanced with optional new 18-inch Pearl Grey machined alloy wheels. Sport models also benefit from two-tone red and ebony interior trim with contrast red stitching.
The Trend models feature a broad upper grille with a high-gloss chrome surround, as well as 15-inch steel wheels with a new wheel trim design.
Also new to the Fiesta Van is the option of a ‘Parking Pack’ that features something called - ‘Active Park Assist 5’, which essentially parks the car for you.
A Ford spokesperson explains how it can, ‘detect suitably-sized parking spaces and can control the steering for hands-free perpendicular and parallel parking, while the driver controls acceleration, braking and gear selection. A rear-view camera also supports when parking and reversing, while puddle lamps in the door mirrors alongside door edge protectors deliver extra convenience and protection.’
Further available technologies include Adaptive Cruise Control with Speed Sign Recognition, Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert and Active Braking, Lane‑Keeping Aid, 5 and Pre-Collision Assist with Active Braking.
You can also specify Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system, which comes with an 8-inch touchscreen, sat-nav, and live traffic updates.
Perhaps most importantly are the new electrified powertrains.
The EcoBoost Hybrid engine features 48‑volt mild hybrid tech and power of 125 PS to keep things nice and punchy. Ford’s EcoBoost engines are pretty much universally loved, so should prove plenty fun when you want it to be.
Lease customers can also expect up to 56.4mpg and CO2 emissions from just 113g/km, which Ford says represents a ‘more than five per cent improvement in overall fuel efficiency compared with the equivalent non-hybrid engine, rising to 13 per cent in slow-speed driving.’
New Fiesta Van will be available to order this autumn, with prices at £16,715 for Trend and £16,790 for Sport trim, minus any VAT.
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