The Ford Transit Trail – a rugged, off-road-focused variant of the best-selling van – was revealed back in June of 2020 for the European market. As Ford Authority reported back in February, the new model was also expected to head stateside, and a couple of months later, Ford filed a patent for Transit Trail in the U.S. Since then, Ford Authority has revealed some exclusive details regarding the 2023 Ford Transit Trail and captured the van completely uncovered on film, while FoMoCo itself teased the Transit Trail last month. Now, the all-new U.S.-spec 2023 Ford Transit Trail has finally been revealed as an upfit-ready, off-road-capable van.
The 2023 Ford Transit Trail is available in three cargo van configurations – including medium- and high-roof models, as well as a high-roof extended-length variant. On the outside, it’s easy to distinguish the Transit Trail from the rest of the Transit lineup thanks to a host of unique features including a black grille with integrated marker lamps, black HID headlamps, a skid plate-style front bumper, splash guards, wheel arch cladding, front wheel arch liners, and slider-style side steps.
The Transit Trail also boasts a a 2.75-inch wider track and 3.5 inches of additional ride height compared to the regular Transit, and is equipped with 16-inch black alloy wheels wrapped with 30.5-inch Goodyear Wrangler Workhorse all-terrain tires. Power comes from the Ford 3.5L V6 EcoBoost engine, which produces 310 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque in this guise and is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission for up to 6,500 pounds of max towing capacity. The rugged van also utilizes Ford’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system with five selectable drive modes – Normal, Eco, Mud/Ruts, Tow/Haul, and Slippery.
Inside the cabin, the Transit Trail comes equipped with a 12-inch infotainment screen running Sync 4, a high-resolution digital camera, 110-volt, 12-volt, and USB outlets, and Ford Power-Up software update capability. High roof variants offer up enough standing roof to accommodate people up to six feet, five inches tall, while the extended-length model boasts more than 14 feet of cargo area floor. In total, the high-roof, extended-length configuration provides owners with up to 487 cubic feet of cargo space for upfitting purposes.
In fact, the 2023 Ford Transit Trail was designed specifically with that purpose in mind, as it comes equipped with drillable areas designed for the easy installation of things like shelving, cabinetry, and beds. The van comes equipped with privacy glass, an overhead shelf, illuminated sun visors, and swiveling front seats as well, along with an optional roof vent fan. An available Upfitter Package adds an exterior light bar and includes high-capacity upfitter switches, a larger center console, an auxiliary fuse panel with a high-spec interface connector, dual AGM batteries, and a modified vehicle wiring system, and buyers can also get their custom conversions done via the Ford Pro network of upfitters and interior installers across the U.S.
The 2023 Ford Transit Trail will be produced alongside other Transit models at the Kansas City Assembly plant, and features a starting MSRP of $65,975.