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2023 Ford Transit Trail Debuts As Upfit-Ready Off-Road Van

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.

We’ll have more on the 2023 Transit Trail soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford Transit news and ongoing Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. David Dickinson II

    An “unfit-ready” van from Ford? That’s a funny spelling error. Sad but true? Time will tell.

  2. David Dickinson II

    Spelling errors aside, I really like this van and have been waiting for its arrival. My MB Sprinter is getting old and is expensive to maintain. Time for a new van? I don’t know. The price is a little higher than I would have expected (but everything has sticker shock nowadays), but Ford’s quality issues really give me pause on all-things Ford. I’ll let others drive it around a couple of years and see what issues pop up and then pull the trigger.

  3. Robert Maison

    I bought my 2015 medium high T-150 cargo van new to pull a pop-up camper. The idea was to use it as my supply truck being able to carry everything I might need on camping trips. We towed the pop-up out to Sedona, Arizona from New Jersey in 2017 on a three month vacation. Arriving in Tucson on the way out we decided the pop-up was too small and traded it for a travel trailer. After returning home and several smaller trips later I converted the van myself into a Class B plus RV. Installed a wall to wall removable bed off the floor allowing total storage underneath. A 3,000 watt solar inverter system, port-a-potty, small refrigerator, TV, with satellite /cable and AC power hookups through the van wall for shore power. Insulated the floor under the mat and walls and doors making it quite like a Lincoln.

  4. Robert Maison

    I have had no issues with my Transit other than the drive shaft recall, and that was replaced years ago. I’ve been a happy Ford customer since a 96 Mustang, two F-150’s and an Escape. Follow the maintenance schedule, TLC. Use it but don’t abuse it and you’ll be fine. Also I don’t let anyone touch my vehicles but Ford. They built it, they know how to keep it ticking.

  5. Ted Hernandez

    I drive a 2018 Ford explorer. It has 130,000 mi on it. 6cyl.
    In good shape!
    What can I get for it.
    Looking to possibly purchase a ’22 Ford escape

  6. John

    My local Ford dealer says all high roofs transits sold out for all of 2023.

  7. Bruce Giffen

    When is the 2023 model transit trail order banks going to open?

  8. Tracy roche

    Is the 2023 transit trail insulsted for full time living.?


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