Ford launches Fiesta Van and LCV connectivity tech
The Blue Oval has chosen the Birmingham CV Show to reveal the van derivative of its brand-new Fiesta. It is the smallest model of Ford’s comprehensive LCV range and should become a popular choice for e-commerce players delivering packages in urbanised areas. Its sporty, compact hatchback body hides a cargo area of roughly 1 cubic metre and can carry about half a tonne.
The great advantage of a van that is derived from a passenger car is that it usually benefits from the latter’s safety, comfort, convenience and connectivity features. In the case of the Fiesta van, it also means that customers have a wide range of powertrains at their disposal. This range starts with the 85-hp 1.1 petrol and goes all the way up to the award-winning 1.0 EcoBoost petrol with 125 hp. Diesel drivers can choose between two version of the all-new 1.5 TDCi: 85 or 120 hp.
Connected cabin with Ford Pass Connect
Ford’s Sync3 connectivity system – which is optional – allows the driver to integrate his smartphone with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. AppLink enables the use of the popular navigation app Waze right from the car’s 8-inch touch screen on top of the dashboard.
The Fiesta Van is also the first LCV from Ford to offer Ford Pass Connect, a modem solution allowing companies to communicate with their car, which acts as a mobile wi-fi hotspot for up to 10 devices. It can help drivers to better plan their routes and avoid stress thanks to real-time traffic information.
Moreover, Ford Pass Connect features productivity and vehicle management enhancing functions such as Vehicle Health Alerts (oil change warning, light bulb replacement,…), Vehicle Status (fuel reserve, tyre pressure,…), Door Lock & Unlock and Vehicle Locator.
Because it is derived from the standard Fiesta, the van model can be equipped with life-saving technologies such as Pre-Collision Assist with autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian recognition, Adaptive Cruise Control and Blind Spot Information System.
As if that is not impressive enough, you can also order the Fiesta Van with an Active Park Assist with bay parking functionality, Cross Traffic Alert, Traffic Sign Recognition and a speed limiter. The Fiesta hatchback got a 5-star rating from EuroNCAP.
The Fiesta Van, which rolls off the assembly line in Cologne, Germany, can be ordered in a few weeks’ time. Deliveries will start in September.
Picture copyrigiht: Ford, 2018