The Ford Transit Trail was revealed in Europe back in June of 2020 as the automaker continues to capitalize on the popularity of off-road-focused vehicles. Essentially a more capable, rugged-looking version of the Ford Transit van, the Ford Transit Trail is not currently available in North America. However, a new patent filing uncovered by MotorTrend may indicate that the Transit Trail is destined for America, after all.
The patent was actually filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) back on April 29th, 2020, and granted on August 10th, 2021, indicating that Ford may be thinking about launching the Transit Trail in America. It would make some sense, as the automaker just built its one-millionth Transit at the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant as that model continues to be the most popular commercial van on the market – a title it and the Ford E-Series have held for 42 years.
The Transit Trail isn’t a hardcore off-roader like the Ford F-150 Raptor, but it has been designed specifically to operate in what Ford calls “tougher working environments.” The more rugged Transit comes equipped with a new mechanical limited-slip differential (mLSD) on front-wheel-drive models, or Intelligent All-Wheel Drive with AWD Lock Mode, as well as Slippery and Mud/Rut Selectable drive modes.
On the outside, the Transit Trail features additional black cladding around the front and rear lower bumpers and side panels. It’s also equipped with oversized “Ford” lettering in the Raptor-like matte black grille, unique 16-inch alloy wheels, and “Trail” logos on the front doors. Inside, the van features full leather seating, air conditioning, a Quickclear heated windshield, power-foldable door mirrors, and auto lighting.
In Europe, the Transit Trail is powered by Ford’s 2.0L EcoBlue diesel engine with a choice of 130 PS (128 horsepower), 170 PS (167 horsepower), and 185 PS (182 horsepower) outputs, as well as either an automatic or manual transmission.