Highest-ranking version of new Fiesta van gets 18in wheels and sports seats
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, as well as apps including the popular Waze navigation.
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.
Source: – autocar
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