File under “you can’t have it here,” though would you really want to? Take a Ford Fiesta three-door hatch, take out that pesky back seat and replace it with a rubber floor mat and four cargo tie-down hooks. Then slap in a steel bulkhead behind the front seats and blank off the rear windows…and it becomes the Ford Fiesta Van.
Intended as a workhorse for the European market, the Ford Fiesta Van’s cargo area is just over four feet from tailgate to bulkhead with a total volume of 38 cubic feet. Cargo capacity is a surprising 625 lbs.
Ford powers the quarter-liter hauler with a variety of powerplants, including a new 75-horse1.5-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel, as well as the 95 horsepower 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel and 82-horse1.25-litre Duratec gas engine. Fuel economy conscious can choose the ECOnetic Van variant with a specially-developed 95-horsepower1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel ECOnetic powertrain with standard Auto-Start-Stop. The Ford Fiesta ECOnetic Van also has a lowered suspension and aerodynamic rear under-tray and wheel trims to reduce wind resisance, and also comes equipped with low rolling resistance tires.
But as we said earlier, you can’t have it here. In fact, you can’t have the three-door Fiesta in regular car trim that’s the basis of the Fiesta Van. Which, of course, is the way we’d really like to have the Ford Fiesta ST hot hatch that will be sold here in 2013 as a 2014 model. Yes, we’d really want to.