We’re all the time stunned with what counts as a van in Europe. For instance, Ford simply showcased a brand new one based mostly on the Fiesta on the Birmingham Business Car Present — and it’s type of fantastic. Nevertheless, we’re unlikely to see it on our roads. A vehicle like this makes virtually no sense for the North American market.
The truth is, I can solely think of a handful of purposes for such an vehicle: excessive-quantity pizza supply, flower supply, novice plumber, organ transport, and pet grooming for a enterprise that solely takes modestly sized animals. However they might all need to happen in a particularly-dense city surroundings to rationalize using such a small vehicle. In any other case, enterprise house owners are going to splurge on a correct small van just like the Transit Join.
Ford says the load compartment is able to housing roughly 35.three cubic ft of cargo with a load size of just about four.three ft. Gross payload is round 1102 kilos. The remoted cargo area makes use of a “composite and mesh full bulkhead, sturdy sidewall trim, and a troublesome rubber flooring overlaying with 4 tie-down hooks.”
It’s all very sensible and has been designed to be particularly sturdy, and tailor-made particularly to companies with the inclusion of a velocity limiter and a bunch of connectivity features (FordPass Join, Wi-Fi hotspot, navigation with stay updates). There are additionally driving aides to assist hold staff from including scratches or dents — parking help, cross visitors alert, and visitors signal recognition comes standard.
That hasn’t suppressed twisted fantasies the place the vehicle is imported into North America for non-enterprise purposes. Ford stated the sturdy Fiesta van is available in a sport mannequin, donning 18-inch wheels, sporty seats, plus a singular steering wheel, pedals, gear lever, and exterior particulars. Keep in mind when everybody was taking basic Honda CRX HFs for subsequent to nothing, stripping them down, and turning them into goofy FWD mischief makers? The Fiesta panel van could possibly be that sort of car, and Ford has already completed half the be just right for you.
Nonetheless, it doesn’t include probably the most fascinating of powertrains. Choices embrace an eighty five horsepower 1.1-liter three-banger, a one hundred twenty five horsepower 1.zero-liter turbo, and 1.5-liter diesel making eighty five hp that you simply undoubtedly wouldn’t need for hooliganism. However, on this daydream, you’d be ready to buy one thing used and swapping in a unique engine, anyway. You’d additionally should hack out a bunch of that rear cargo area… until that’s the place the brand new engine goes, a la Ford Supervan.
Okay, this fantasy is getting out of hand. It’s simply fascinating to see a Fiesta with distinctive styling in an entirely totally different design from what we’re used to. Realistically, none of those models will ever see something aside from modest payloads and affordable speeds a full continent away.
In the meantime, we’re nonetheless ready on Ford to drop the home axe on the passenger model of the Fiesta.
[Images: Ford Motor Co.]
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