The Ford Transit Trail was revealed for the European market back in June of 2020 as a more rugged off-road focused variant of FoMoCo’s best-selling van. 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 new model to America. Then, this past February, Ford Authority reported that the Ford Transit Trail could be coming to the U.S., and roughly a week later, Ford Authority spies spotted the rugged new van in Metro Detroit. Now, sources familiar with the matter have provided Ford Authority with some exclusive new details regarding the American-market Ford Transit Trail.
Most notably, the American version of the Ford Transit Trial will not come equipped with one of the European version’s signature styling elements – its “Ford” script front grille, which is also present on the Ford F-150 Raptor, Ford Ranger Raptor, Ford Bronco Raptor, and the Transit Trail prototype spied earlier this year. Instead, the American version will come equipped with a traditional Ford badge in its place, as well as three amber marker lights within the grille.
The U.S. Transit Trail will also come equipped with a set of steel wheels similar to those present on the Ford Bronco Sport Badlands, which will be wrapped with meatier tires than other Transit models – perhaps even all-terrains. Amber marker lights will be present near the side mirrors, while black body cladding will adorn the bottom edges of the rugged van with substantial cladding around the wheel wells. The look will be capped off with a unique center high-mounted stop lamp with a special protrusion on the roof, as well as fog lights and hood vents.
This look is quite different from the previously-spied prototype and the European version, which rolls on a set of black 16-inch alloy wheels and features the aforementioned “Ford” script grille. The Euro-spec van also comes with a mechanical limited-slip differential (mLSD) on front-wheel-drive models or Intelligent All-Wheel Drive with AWD Lock Mode, Slippery and Mud/Rut Selectable drive modes, leather seats, a Quickclear heated windshield, power-foldable door mirrors, and auto lighting, while power comes from the Ford 2.0L I-4 EcoBlue diesel engine with a choice of 130 PS (128 horsepower), 170 PS (167 horsepower), or 185 PS (182 horsepower) outputs, which are mated to either an automatic or manual transmission.