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The Ford Fiesta Van makes practical sense

This ride can serve both your business and social needs

Is it just us or does this look better than the hatchback? PHOTO FROM FORD

You probably don’t know this, but the Ford Fiesta has always been offered as a three-door panel van in Europe—beginning with the first-generation model in the ’70s—to go along with the regular hatchback version. A panel van, by the way, is a car-based van that doesn’t have rear windows.

And now, the American automaker has released the Fiesta Van to again complement the vehicle’s seventh-generation hatch. This makes us wonder why we don’t get this configuration in our market, when it probably makes so much more sense to Filipino customers than the trunkless Fiesta.

There's something about that profile that beguiles us. PHOTOS FROM FORD

The latest Fiesta panel van was officially presented by Ford at the just-concluded 2018 Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham in the UK. The new-generation Fiesta Van is available with four engine options: 1.1-liter three-cylinder gasoline (84hp), 1.0-liter EcoBoost gasoline (123hp), 1.5-liter low-output TDCi diesel (84hp) and 1.5-liter high-output TDCi diesel (118hp).

Be a deliveryman by day and a lover boy by night. PHOTOS FROM FORD

Inside, the Fiesta Van can haul 1,000L of cargo, and can accommodate objects with a length of almost 1.3m. The gross payload is rated at 500kg, or about 10 sacks of rice.

To make the cargo compartment truly practical and versatile, Ford has equipped it with “a composite and mesh bulkhead, a durable sidewall trim and a tough rubber floor cover with four tie-down hooks.”

A left-hand-drive version of this vehicle would be perfect. PHOTO FROM FORD

Call us weird, but we can picture the Fiesta Van as a dual-purpose vehicle. It is flexible enough to transport stuff for business, but it’s also stylish enough to bring you and your date to the movie theater. Just make sure to deodorize the cargo area. We really wish Ford could bring it here. After all, the company has already admitted that buyers (at least in North America) are moving away from traditional passenger cars and shifting to utility vehicles.

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist since July 1995. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.