Ford reveals sporty Fiesta Van 24 | 04 | 2018

    FORD HAS REVEALED its new Fiesta Van, complete with sporty bodykit. It’s also available with the choice of diesel or petrol engines. (Related: New Ford Focus starts at £17,930)

    Based, as you would expect, on the new Fiesta — which is the biggest-selling car in Scotland — he three-door Fiesta Van ditches the rear windows and rear seats. The rest of the vehicle is virtually unchanged, and the range includes a sporty ST-Line inspired trim.

    Buyers can choose from thee engines: two petrols and a diesel, all of which can be found in the current Fiesta line-up. The entry-level Fiesta Van gets an 84bhp naturally aspirated 1.1-litre three-cylinder , while the next-up benefits from Ford’s perkier, turbocharged 1.0-litre EcoBoost delivers 123bhp. Diesel-lovers can to for a 1.5-litre four-cylinder TDCi unit, with either 84bhp or 118bhp.


    As for stowage space, the new Fiesta Van can swallow approximately 1.0 cubic metres of kit in the load bay, which covers the area where the boot and rear three seats would be found in the Fiesta. According to Ford, it can also carry 500kg. Both figures are almost identical to the previous Fiesta Van.


    But it’s in the cabin where the new model makes the biggest improvements. Ford’s SYNC 3 8in colour touchscreen infotainment unit — which dominates the middle of the heavily updated dashboard — can be specced, but it is an optional extra. Also available is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, as is SYNC AppLink. This allows drivers to access a number of popular smartphone apps through the system, including Waze navigation.


    There’s also new driver assistance and safety features. Adaptive cruise control and blind spot warning, plus traffic sign recognition are all available. So too are automatic emergency braking and a pre-collision warning system with pedestrian detection.But the eye-catching version is undoubtedly the Fiesta Sport Van.


    Boasting a bodykit inspired by the Fiesta ST-Line, and shod with 18-inch alloys, the Sport Van also gets sportier seats, pedals, and a flat-bottomed steering wheel. An adjustable speed limiter function for the cruise control, and lane keep assist all come as standard too.

    Ford has yet to confirm prices, though order books will open at Scottish dealers this Spring. First deliveries are scheduled for the autumn.

    Related: Roadtest — Ford Focus RS

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    Jim McGill


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