Off-road-focused vehicles and vans, in general, have become more and more popular in recent years as people look to go camping and just get outside and enjoy nature. Ford has responded by offering more and more of these types of vehicles, including the Ford Transit Nugget – a camper version of the regular Ford Transit converted by a company called Westfalia – and the Transit Nugget Trail – a more off-road-focused variant of the popular world van. Now, Ford has announced that it is tripling production of both of these models in Europe due to rising demand.
Largely due to the pandemic, Europe saw its motorhome segment grow by 20 percent in 2021 as more and more people were looking to travel, yet do so in a more isolated manner. Ford responded by creating the Ford Transit Nugget Active and Trail, both of which are offered in Nugget and long-wheelbase Nugget Plus configurations, with a tilt roof included as standard equipment.
The Nugget Active features a host of revised exterior upgrades including protective dark cladding on the body sides, bumpers, and mirrors, unique 17-inch wheels, a mesh grille, and an awning. Inside, the van is fitted with a yacht deck-style pale wood floor, black worktops, textured satin finishes, aluminum trim, tuneable white LED lighting, and part-leather trimmed seats with embossed Active graphics.
Meanwhile, the Nugget Trail wears a Raptor-inspired “Ford” script grille, black body cladding, bumpers, and wheel arches, Trail badges, and 16-inch alloy wheels on the outside. Black leather covers front captain’s chairs and a rear bench seat, which is augmented by white kitchen cabinets, a wood grain floor, and a dark-finished dining table.
Other unique features found in both Nugget variants include an optional heated rear seat that doubles as a bed, a gray self-folding tilt roof that can also come finished in red or blue, and a touchscreen in the rear that allows owners to monitor and control a host of features, including battery and water levels, heating, lighting, and hot water.
Both the Nugget Trail and Active are powered by Ford’s 2.0L EcoBlue diesel engine. In the Nugget Trail, that powerplant is mated to a six-speed manual transmission and a standard mechanical limited-slip differential (mLSD), while the Nugget Active offers buyers the choice of a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox, the former of which can be paired with the mLSD.