The Ford Transit Trail was revealed for the European market back in June of 2020 as a more rugged off-road focused variant of the 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 considering bringing the new model to America. Back in February, Ford Authority reported that the Ford Transit Trail could in fact be coming to the U.S., and around a week later, Ford Authority spies spotted the rugged new van in Metro Detroit. Ford Authority revealed some new, exclusive details regarding the North American Transit Trail back in May, and a couple of days later, Ford Authority spies spotted that it completely uncovered for the very first time. Now, Automotive News is reporting that the Ford Transit Trail is expected to debut in the U.S. in early 2023.
This news comes about following a report indicating that the next-generation Ford Transit Connect has been canceled in North America, which will leave only the full-size Transit for U.S.-based van shoppers. Ford is expanding its Transit lineup in the meantime, however, recently adding the all-electric E-Transit, which will be followed by the rugged, gas-powered Transit Trail in a few months.
As Ford Authority previously reported, the North American Ford Transit Trail will look a bit different than its European counterpart. Most notably, up front, the American version is equipped with a traditional Ford badge in place of the Euro version’s Raptor-like “Ford” script grille, though both have three amber marker lights placed within the grille.
Both Transit Trail models feature fog lights, hood vents, and additional black body cladding around the entire vehicle, though the North American version has more substantial cladding around the wheel wells, as well as amber marker lights near the side mirrors. The Euro Transit Trail rides on black 16-inch alloy wheels, while the American variant is equipped with a set of steel wheels. Finally, in the rear, the American Transit Trail features a unique center high-mounted stop lamp with a special protrusion on the roof.
The Euro-spec Transit Trail comes equipped 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.