Whilst the small car derived van sector is not the largest in the market, it still remains an important sector and Ford have revealed the new Fiesta Van with a mild hybrid driveline, a more advanced technology package and, of course, a new exterior styling.
New Ford Fiesta styling and trim levels
The new Fiesta Van includes a bonnet design that increases the height of the nose and a large upper grille, with the Ford “blue oval” badge displayed within the grille. There are new standard LED headlights and the taillights also receive new black surrounds for a more sophisticated appearance.
There are two trim levels, Sport and Trend, and their specifications basically cover the following features :
Sport models have two-tone red and ebony interior trim with contrast red stitching and a honeycomb grille with gloss black finish and wide, body-coloured side vents. The wheels are 17-inch metallic-finish alloy wheels and lower sports suspension giving a more sporty appeal, there’s even the option of new 18-inch Pearl Grey machined alloy wheels.
Trend models feature a broad upper grille with high-gloss chrome surround, as well as 15-inch steel wheels with a new wheel trim design. The revised cab interior has new ebony trim and comfort seat foam with two new exterior colours – Boundless Blue and Beautiful Berry.
New Ford Fiesta Van Cargo Area
The New Fiesta Van shares the same bodyshell as the three-door Fiesta passenger car although the cargo area features a durable and grippy flat rear load floor, four tie-down points, and full-height bulkhead with steel mesh upper half and there are solid panels at the rear. Gross payload is up to 531kg with a 1,283mm maximum load length giving a 0.96m3 load volume.
Improved Driver Assistance Systems
As always a new van means new technologies, and a new Parking Pack includes Active Park Assist that detects suitably-sized parking spaces and controls 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.
There’s optional Matrix LED headlights which adapt their beam patterns according to the driving conditions as well as when sensors detect a low-speed manoeuvre or the activation of windscreen wipers, and automatically adjust the beam pattern to help the driver see more clearly. Glare-Free High Beam uses a front‑mounted camera to detect oncoming traffic and create a “glare-free spot” within the beam pattern by blocking rays that could otherwise dazzle other road users.
Its not just about lights, other driver assistance systems include Adaptive Cruise Control with Speed Sign Recognition, Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert and Active Braking, Lane‑Keeping Aid, and Pre-Collision Assist with Active Braking.
Ford’s SYNC 3 communications and information system is an option and features an 8-inch touchscreen, a navigation system with Live Traffic updates.
The new Fiesta Van features an EcoBoost Hybrid 48‑volt mild hybrid and EcoBoost petrol powertrains. The 125PS EcoBoost Hybrid models has a belt-driven integrated starter/generator (BISG) in place of the standard alternator, enabling recovery and storage of energy usually lost during braking and coasting to charge a 48-volt lithium-ion air-cooled battery pack, run the vehicle’s electrical ancillaries and provide torque assistance during normal driving and acceleration.
The technology can restart the engine in just 350 milliseconds, enabling the Auto Start-Stop system to turn off the engine in scenarios such as when coasting to a stop below 15 mph even when the vehicle is in gear with the clutch pedal depressed. The Hybrid offers fuel efficiency up to 56.4mpg and CO2 emissions from 113g/km, representing 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.
“Our stylish compact van is now even better looking and more streetwise than ever, helping customers promote their business and drive with confidence in and out of town,” said Brendan Lyne, director, Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Europe. “The new Fiesta Van’s advanced driver assistance systems can make work less demanding for our customers, while its electrified powertrains and Ford Pro’s aftersales expertise help their businesses to thrive.”
New Fiesta Van orders open this autumn for delivery in early 2022 and will cost from £16,715 for Trend and £16,790 for Sport trim (both excluding VAT).