Ford's European division has lifted the veil off of the 2013 Fiesta Van. As its name implies, the car is aimed exclusively at commercial buyers.
On the outside, the Fiesta Van looks just like a regular three-door Fiesta hatchback but its windows have been welded in. Low-spec models come standard with steel wheels and plastic hubcaps but buyers who want a more dynamic look can order the car with optional 17-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, Ford has removed the Fiesta's rear bench seat to free up 35.3 cubic feet of cargo room. The cargo area is protected by a rubber floor mat and sidewall trim, while four tie-down hooks help keep bulky items in place.
In spite of its commercial vocation, the Fiesta Van is available with many of the same creature comforts that are found in its passenger-carrying sibling, including Ford's SYNC infotainment system and a rear-view camera. The list of options includes a system called Active City Stop which helps avoid low-speed collisions.
The Fiesta Van is offered with two turbodiesel mills that range from 75 to 95 horsepower and a single gasoline-burning unit that makes 82 horsepower. A high-efficiency variant of the 95 horsepower diesel called ECOnetic is also available and it comes with modifications such as standard start/stop, a lowered suspension and low-rolling resistance tires.
The Fiesta Van can haul anywhere between 1,069 and 1,119 pounds depending on what mill lurks in the engine bay.
Pricing information and more photos will be released closer to the car's on-sale date. While Ford has yet to confirm this, we don't expect the Fiesta Van to cross the Atlantic and arrive in United States showrooms.