Earlier this year, American car maker Ford gave the Fiesta hatchback and sedan a mid life makeover. Both the cars got a completely revamped front end with an Aston Martin-esque grille up front and revised headlamps. The car also got new alloy wheels, changes on the interiors and a new in-car entertainment system. Now, Ford of Europe has come up with a cargo van version of the new Fiesta hatchback. The cargo variant is essentially a hatchback version of the Fiesta, with the rear passenger seats omitted while the car gets metal panels that cover up the rear windows.
This is the third body style of the new Fiesta, apart from the hatchback and the sedan versions. In India, Ford sells the new Fiesta in sedan guise. While there has been some talk about Ford launching a hatchback variant of the Fiesta, this is something that won’t happen at least in the next one year. Coming back to the Fiesta panel van, it is offered with a choice of three engines . The petrol variant is a 1.2 Liter-80 Bhp unit while the diesel motors displace 1.5 Liters and 1.6 Liters respectively. While the 1.5 TDCI motor outputs 74 Bhp, the 1.6 Liter TDCI unit outputs 94 Bhp. Both the petrol and diesel engines get 5 speed manual transmissions as standard.
However, the panel van version of the Fiesta will not get the high performance yet highly frugal 1 Liter-3 cylinder EcoBoost turbo petrol engine. The 1.6 Liter TDCI turbo diesel engine gets fuel efficiency boosting features like a Start-Stop system, lowered suspension, aerodynamic rear under-tray, wheel trims, and low rolling resistance tyres. The Fiesta panel van can carry a payload of half a ton and comes with a loading area that is 1.3 meters long. This loading area has a volume of 1 cubic meter, just enough space for the Fiesta to serve as a panel van for intra city goods transfer.
The Fiesta panel van will go on sale in the United Kingdom from early January. The Indian car market will not get the Fiesta panel van given the fact that this car is marketed in India as a C-segment sedan. However, India is expected to get the facelifted version of the Fiesta sedan sometime in 2013. Ford India will be betting on the facelift to give a new lease of life for the new Fiesta sedan, given that the car has been a dud seller in the Indian car market.