Ford has added a panel-van model to the Fiesta lineup in the UK, with blackout panels and a cargo-carrying interior with a capacity of up to 515kg.

For UK business owners who need inner-city transportation with a bit of sporting flair, Ford has introduced the Fiesta Van. Ford's smallest commercial vehicle looks like a standard three-door Fiesta, but blackout panels and a two-seat layout enable it to offer decent cargo-carrying capacity for urban deliveries or transport.

This isn't a last-minute addition to the lineup; Ford spokesmen say that the van has been a part of the plan all along. It's distinguished from the passenger-carrying version by solid panels that replace the rear windows, and the rear seats have been removed. Cargo tie-down hooks and a bulkhead have been added as well. Thus modified, the Fiesta Van offers 1000 cubic liters of cargo space and a range of payload capacities from 490kg to 515kg. The maximum useable load length is 1296mm.

Ford will offer the Fiesta Van with a choice of 82hp 1.25 liter gasoline or 90hp 1.6 liter diesel engines. Fuel economy is rated at 49.6 and 67.3mpg, respectively. The Fiesta Van also includes Ford's EasyFuel capless fueling system.

The Fiesta Van doesn't look anything like the typical compact panel van, a fact which is apt to increase its appeal among iconoclastic business owners. Its small size also reduces insurance costs. Prices are set to start at £9,025 for the entry-level version. Better-equipped "Trend" and SportVan models are also available.

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