European Ford Transit’s New Trail Model Has Raptor-Inspired Grille

  • Ford Announces New Adventurous Trail and Active Transit Variants That Deliver Distinctive Design, Surprising Capacity and Legendary Transit Robustness
  • Smart all-wheel drive for Transit Trail bold, robust and capable and mechanical limited slip differential for Transit Custom Trail providing better traction in difficult working conditions
  • Active models feature SUV-inspired styling for Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom, unique interior features and a limited-slip differential for adventurous private and business customers
  • The active range expands later in 2020 with the Transit Connect and Tourneo Connect models

DUNTON, United Kingdom, June 15, 2020 – Ford today unveiled new Trail and Active variants, robust and adapted to difficult roads for the Transit and Tourneo ranges, available to order now for delivery at the end of the summer.

The new Transit Trail and Transit Custom Trail models have been specifically designed to operate in more difficult working environments, with improved traction of a new mechanical limited slip differential (mLSD) on the Transit and Transit Custom variants with front wheel drive and Intelligent All-Wheel Drive on Transit.

Exclusive exterior and interior upgrades further ensure that the Transit Trail and Transit Custom Trail are equipped to provide comfort and capacity in difficult conditions without compromising convenience.

The new active variants of Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom support the multi-activity lifestyles of private and professional customers with additional body covering and the option of an mLSD for better traction on loose, slippery or soft. An SUV-inspired exterior adds visual appeal and enhances functionality off the beaten track.

“The Active and Trail models demonstrate how versatile and capable the Transit line can be,” said Hans Schep, Managing Director, Commercial Vehicles, Ford Europe. “From businesses that operate off the beaten track to families who want a vehicle as adventurous as they do, there is a Transit to meet all needs.”

The Active range will be further expanded later in 2020 with the introduction of the smaller Transit Connect Active and Tourneo Connect Active models. More details will be provided closer to launch.

Trail for all conditions

The new Ford Transit Trail and Transit Custom Trail offer a new rugged look and improved capacity to help owners and operators whose work takes them through difficult terrain, away from normal roads.

Trail variants have additional black coating around the front and rear lower bumpers and side panels. The oversized “Ford” lettering in the matte black grille offers a bold and useful presence that embodies the spirit of casual vehicles, complemented by 16-inch alloy wheels and “Trail” logos on the front doors. Transit Custom can also be specified with roof racks and running boards for added versatility.

A choice of transmissions provides better traction in difficult conditions. Transit and Transit Custom Trail front-wheel drive models are standard fitted with an mLSD, and Transit Trail is available with intelligent all-wheel drive for confident progress on more difficult terrain and weather conditions.

Developed in partnership with Quaife transmission technology specialists, the mLSD automatically transfers torque from the engine in poor grip conditions to the wheel with the most traction, allowing the Transit Trail and Transit Custom Trail to tackle more comfortably on unpaved roads, gravel tracks and rough or rough surfaces. The vehicle’s electronic stability control system has also been recalibrated to harmonize with the mLSD. Same technology has already been used to improve the traction and handling characteristics of Ford Performance models, including the Focus RS, Fiesta ST and Focus ST, and has no impact on CO2 emissions or energy efficiency.

The Transit Trail is also available with intelligent all-wheel drive for optimized off-road traction. The technology improves the basic configuration of the rear-wheel drive by sending up to 50% of engine torque to the front axle depending on the grip available in response to changes in road surfaces and driver input.

Transit Trail’s intelligent all-wheel drive technology is also supported by additional sliding and muddy / rut selectable driving modes, designed to improve performance and driver confidence in a variety of driving scenarios and easily selected using the driving mode controller on the dashboard. Intelligent all-wheel drive also includes AWD Lock mode to distribute 50:50 torque between the front and rear axles on extremely poor grip surfaces. The system does not compromise the load volume or dimensions of the Transit Trail compared to the rear-wheel drive equivalents.

Trail models also benefit from improved interior specification, with full leather seats as standard providing additional luxury, durability and flexible cleaning in the cabin. Standard air conditioning ensures a comfortable environment regardless of the weather, and a Quickclear heated windshield allows for easy departure in freezing weather. Electrically folding exterior mirrors and automatic lighting are also standard.

Transit Custom Trail is available in a range of body styles with GVM from 3000 kg to 3400 kg, including panel van, double cab and kombi in a choice of two wheelbases.

Transit Trail offers several body styles and wheelbases in the 3,500 kg category, with panel vans, double cabs, kombi, single chassis cabs and double chassis cabs.

All Transit Trail and Transit Custom Trail models are powered by Ford’s advanced 2.0-liter EcoBlue diesel engine with 130 horsepower, 170 horsepower and 185 horsepower.

In addition, Transit Custom Trail models offer the efficiency advantages of electrified powertrains with the 2.0-liter EcoBlue hybrid powertrains unique in the segment in the form of 130 PS, 170 PS and 185 PS. Soft 48-volt hybrid technology recovers energy during deceleration, stores it in a 48-volt battery, and uses energy to increase energy efficiency.

Versatile active for outdoor life

The new Transit and Tourneo Custom Active models add rugged SUV styling and improved functionality with unique design features and revised specification to meet the demands of home and business users. Offering more space and load capacity to enable adventurous lifestyles, the new Active models follow the success of the Ford Fiesta Active and Focus Active passenger vehicles.

The active models are distinguished by an exterior inspired by SUVs, in particular:

  • Unique 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Active Signature mesh grille
  • Additional coating on the wheel arches, the sides of the body, the rear bumper and the mirror caps
  • Standard roof rails

A full-width Active decal on the back is completed by Active badges on each wing. For users requiring additional capacity in more difficult driving conditions, Transit Custom Active and Tourneo Custom Active can also be specified with the mLSD.

All Active models benefit from a unique interior specification, with a unique partial leather seat trim, and the addition of a blue dash accent for Tourneo Custom Active.

The versatile interior of the Tourneo Custom Active can easily be reconfigured to reflect user demands. The flexible seats can be moved to give more space to the passengers or increase the luggage space, even more in the long wheelbase variant. The seats can also be reversed to create a conference seating arrangement or removed entirely for more luggage space. The seat mounting points can then be used to mount luggage racks in the vehicle to transport the bikes more safely.

Active series are available with 130 PS, 170 PS and 185 PS power outputs depending on the model and specifications. Automatic and manual transmissions are available across the range, with the optional mLSD available on manual vehicles. Customers can choose from a wide range of variants and body styles to find a vehicle that best suits their needs and lifestyle, including:

  • Tourneo Custom Active in SWB and LWB, can accommodate up to eight people, driver included
  • Transit Transit Active utility van in SWB and LWB, with 3000 kg of GVM
  • Transit Custom Active double-cab-in-van in SWB and LWB, with 3200 kg GVM

The new Trail and Active models also benefit from significant improvements to the Transit, Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom ranges in 2019, with a more fuel-efficient 2.0-liter EcoBlue diesel engine and 48-volt EcoBlue Hybrid mild hybrid powertrain options, alongside the FordPass Connect modem, technology for better vehicle use and new interior features and driver assistance technologies.

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