The 2023 Ford Transit Trail was revealed for the North American market earlier this month, giving customers a more rugged and off-road capable version of the popular van that’s designed to be easy to upfit. As Ford Authority reported a couple of weeks after that debut, the new North American Transit Trail features a more traditional front grille with a Blue Oval badge in place of the European version’s Raptor-like “Ford” script, largely to avoid confusion with those hardcore models and also to maintain more of a stealth appearance. However, the 2023 Ford Transit Trail also comes equipped with another feature present on Raptor models – extra marker lamps, which are there for a very good reason.
“All of the marker lamps are a FMVSS (legal requirement) over 80 inches wide,” Transit Chief Program Engineer, Ray Eyles, told Ford Authority Executive Editor, Alex Luft, during a recent interview. This is precisely why vehicles like the Ford Ranger Raptor, Ford F-150 Raptor, and Ford Bronco Raptor are equipped with these extra marker lights as well.
The 2023 Ford Transit Trail features three marker lights on the front grille, two on the wing (or outboard mirrors), three at the top of the rear, and two more on the light cluster, all of which help make the large van more visible when it’s out on the road – particularly in low-light situations. This extra bit of lighting is necessary as the Trail sports a 2.75-inch wider track when compared to regular Transit models.
In addition to these extra marker lights, the new Transit Trail is also equipped with a variety of other features that help set it apart from the rest of the lineup, a list that includes black HID headlamps, a skid plate-style front bumper, splash guards, wheel arch cladding, front wheel arch liners, and slider-style side steps, as well as 16-inch black alloy wheels and 30.5-inch Goodyear Wrangler Workhorse all-terrain tires.