Britain’s best-selling car by far, the highly-acclaimed Ford Fiesta, is now being offered in commercial vehicle van guise with the debut of the new Fiesta Sport Van at the 2018 CV Show in Birmingham.
The new Fiesta Sport Van sees Ford return to the ‘urban hatchback van’ sector, as the blue oval looks to further consolidate its top-selling commercial vehicle brand status in Europe. So far in 2018, Ford has already sold more vans than it did in 1993.
With one eye on inner-city air quality legislation, the new Fiesta Sport Van is offered both as a 1.5-litre TDCi diesel, but also as a 125hp 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol. It’s derived from the three-door Fiesta body, with the rear windows blanked out.
Within, it has a 1.0 cubic metre cargo area, capable of carrying loads 1.3 metres long. Maximum payload is half a tonne, and Ford’s decked out the load bay with a hardy rubber floor covering and sidewall trim, plus a full composite and mesh bulkhead to protect front-seat occupants.
Ford’s not making van drivers slum it. The Fiesta Sport Van comes with a standard Sync 3 touchscreen system, compete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It’s even now able to port Waze sat nav through the touchscreen, so van drivers can be the kings of the back-road rat run. Even heated seats and a heated steering wheel are optional.
And for those who want to literally put the sport into Sport Van, Ford’s offering a dress-up kit with unique front and rear bumpers, colour-coded detailing and 18-inch alloys. Match it inside with sports seats, plus a racier steering wheel, pedals and gearlever.
There will also be a cheaper entry-level Ford Fiesta Van, pictured below.
Fleet managers, rest easy. Ford is fitting an adjustable speed limiter and lane keeping system as standard, and you can choose to add Ford pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control and blind-spot warning. White van man can be capped to 68mph – if he (or she) so wishes…