The Ford Transit Trail has been around for a while in the European market, but the upfit-ready off-road van was only recently introduced to the U.S. market. Ford Authority spotted a production model undergoing testing just last month, but now, our photographers have spotted the real thing.
This particular Transit Trail is a medium-roof model, which is one of three available cargo van configurations, including medium- and high-roof models along with a high-roof extended-length version. Power comes from the Ford 3.5L V6 EcoBoost engine, which is rated at 310 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. The boosted six is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, facilitating up to 6,500 pounds of max towing capacity. The off-road-ready van uses The Blue Oval’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, which has five selectable drive modes, including Normal, Eco, Mud/Ruts, Tow/Haul, and Slippery.
Up front, note that this Ford Transit Trail features The Blue Oval badge on the grille, as opposed to the European models that simply sport Ford script across the grille, since the “Ford” logo is associated with the Raptor brand stateside. Aside from that, the U.S. variant differs greatly from its overseas cousins, as it was modified to appeal to buyers in search of the ultimate “van life” ride. One major addition is that of the upfit-ready interior, which features drillable areas to make mounting shelves and other amenities easier. The Transit Trail replaces the outgoing Adventure Prep package, which was available on previous iterations of the Transit. This particular Transit also boasts the optional roof vent fan.
Additionally, the Transit Trail features three marker lamps on the front grille, which exist to help the large van be more visible in low-light situations. Considering that the Transit Trail is 2.75 inches wider than the “regular” Transit, this is crucial to help bystanders understand where the bounds of the van exist.