The Ford Transit Trail – a rugged, off-road-focused variant of FoMoCo’s best-selling van – was revealed back in June of 2020 for the European market. A little over a year later, Ford filed a patent for Transit Trail in the U.S., signaling that the automaker was at least thinking about bringing the variant to America. Now, sources familiar with the matter have told Ford Authority that the Ford Transit Trail is indeed being tested in the U.S. – and that the automaker is indeed considering bringing the rugged van stateside.
The European Ford Transit Trail contains a number of features that set it apart from regular Transit models, starting on the outside with additional black cladding around the front and rear lower bumpers and side panels, as well as oversized “Ford” lettering in its matte black grille that resembles the units present in the Ford F-150 Raptor, Ford Ranger Raptor, and Ford Bronco Raptor, unique 16-inch alloy wheels, and “Trail” logos on the front doors.
On the inside, the Transit Trail features standard full leather seating, air conditioning, a Quickclear heated windshield, power-foldable door mirrors, and auto lighting. Underneath, the beefed-up van is 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.
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. Currently, the North American Transit comes standard with the Ford 3.5L Duratec V6 while the Ford 3.5L EcoBoost is optional.