As we learned last week, the Ford Fiesta is coming to Australia – but the version you see here definitely won't make the trip. Where we're only getting the hottest ST, the European market will be getting the core range along with this – the Fiesta Van.
From the outside, the Fiesta Van looks like a regular two-door model with some body-coloured paint over the rear windows. That's exactly what it is – sharp spotting!
Inside, the rear seats have been ripped out and replaced with a tough load bay, split from the front seats with a metal divider. It'll take about 1.0 cubic metre of cargo, and gross payload is around 500kg.
Power will come from the same range of engines offered in the regular Fiesta range, including a base 1.1-litre petrol engine, a 1.5-litre TDCi diesel, and a 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol.
Because it's based on the passenger car, the Fiesta Van is offered with autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and park assist.
There's an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Sync 3, and the driver environment is pure Fiesta. Down back, Ford says the load bay is trimmed in "attractive, hard-wearing materials" designed to stand up to hard work.
This isn't the only passenger car to be given a hard-working makeover for the Euro market. Toyota recently unveiled the LandCruiser Utility Conversion for the UK, while Land Rover does a Discovery van. We've even seen a Mini designed for trendy workmen and women.
Ford has done this before, too. This is actually the second-generation model of the commercial Fiesta variant.
In Australia, the Fiesta will arrive in ST form next year.
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