Ford Motor Company has filed to trademark Transit Trail with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Ford Authority has learned.
Filed on April 20th, 2022, this application contains the goods and services description of “Motor vehicles and electrically powered motor vehicles, namely, vans, and other structural parts and fittings therefor.”
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The Ford Transit Trail was revealed in Europe back in June of 2020 – alongside the Transit Custom Trail – as a more off-road-focused version of the regular Transit. The Ford Transit Trail is equipped with a new mechanical limited-slip differential (mLSD) on front-wheel drive variants or Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, depending on configuration, along with a recalibrated Electronic Stability Control system, which is capable of sending up to 50 percent of engine torque to the front axle. Intelligent All-Wheel Drive models also feature AWD Lock mode to split torque 50:50 between the front and rear axles.
The Transit Trail also features additional black cladding around the front and rear lower bumpers and side panels, oversized “Ford” lettering in the matte black front grille, unique 16-inch alloy wheels, “Trail” logos on the front doors, and Slippery and Mud/Rut selectable drive modes. Inside, the Transit Trail comes equipped with standard full leather seating, air conditioning, a Quickclear heated windshield, power-foldable door mirrors, and auto lighting.
In Europe, the rugged van is powered by the turbocharged Ford 2.0L I-4 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.
Since its launch in Europe nearly two years ago, the Ford Transit Trail has enjoyed tremendous success, and FoMoCo announced in January that it intends to triple its planned production of the rugged van in 2022. Meanwhile, Ford Authority spies spotted a Transit Trail driving around the Metro Detroit area back in February, a few days after we reported that the van could be coming to the U.S. This trademark filing seems to indicate that Ford does possibly intend to launch the rugged Transit model stateside, which would make perfect sense given the popularity of anything off-road-related at the moment.
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