Highest-ranking version of new Fiesta van gets 18in wheels and sports seats

Ford has revealed its new Fiesta van at The Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham with an ST-Line-inspired Sport Van range-topper.

The van is based on the new Fiesta hatchback but foregoes its rear seats to create a loading space of one cubic metre. It also features altered rear suspension to carry up to 500kg of cargo – that's 160kg fewer than the Transit Courier that sits above it in Ford’s commercial vehicle range.

The Fiesta Sport Van mixes the practicality of a van with ST-Line features. It gets bumpers, 18in wheels and a rear spoiler taken straight from the standard Fiesta ST-Line, while the interior also has a pair of bolstered sports seats.

Like the regular Fiesta, the new van range comes with a significantly more modern interior than that in the previous generation. An 8.0in touchscreen with Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment is available, bringing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility.

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Power comes from a choice of three engines. Two are petrol-powered; the first is a naturally aspirated 1.1-litre unit offering 84bhp and the second a turbocharged 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine with 123bhp. The third powerplant is a 1.5-litre TDCi unit available in two power outputs: 84bhp and 118bhp.

Ford has passed the Fiesta hatchback’s driver assist features onto the van. A pre-collision warning system that can detect pedestrians, blindspot warning and adaptive cruise control are available across the range. The Sport Van version gets ST-Line additions such as an adjustable speed limiter and lane-keep assist.

Ford has yet to confirm pricing for its newest commercial model, although no major change is expected from the previous generation’s £11,505 opening figure. The Sport Van variant is likely to stay close to its predecessor’s £13,995 starting price.

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24 April 2018

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24 April 2018

Is there really a need for something like this? With all their talk about moving the Fiesta upmarket, wouldn't a Ka+ Van make more sense?

 

 

24 April 2018
tuga wrote:

Is there really a need for something like this? With all their talk about moving the Fiesta upmarket, wouldn't a Ka+ Van make more sense?

Sporty vans have been around for years, Vauxhall used to do an Astra Sportiv that was very popular. 

24 April 2018

I had a 2007 version of this as a company vehicle a few years ago. It was an absolute hoot to drive and was a commercial vehicle for BIK purposes.

24 April 2018

This is like something from the 90s. Does van-man ever evolve?

24 April 2018

Some strange comments, why is this any perceived differently to the standard Fiesta STLine? 

Many self employed people can’t afford to own and run a van and a car and therefore want a van that’s slightly nicer than a billy basic workhorse that covers all bases. 

Not sure the red press car is a good idea though, inevitably invites lazy postman pat jibes. 

24 April 2018

Why shouldnt people have a more car based, enjoyable van, however as tuga said, ford has tried to move the fiesta into a more premium market position with the more basic spec models replaced with the ka+, so maybe it would seem logical to make the van from a ka+ as opposed to the fiesta.

25 April 2018

Would a Ka+ based van hold a cubic metre?

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26 April 2018

The Fiesta Sportvans are actually incredibly popular. Great fun to drive, good kit and cheap to run, most of them are used a cheap company car rather than actually carrying goods.

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