Ford Transit Van Gets Raptor Grille for Rugged New "Trail" Models
18 June 2020 - autoevolution
Ford has unveiled a bunch of interesting upgrades for the van models it sells in Europe.
Among them is a new model called the Transit Trail, featuring raised suspension, body cladding, and a grille design that's almost identical to the Raptor pickups.
A few weeks ago, we showcased a Velociraptor van from Russia, which featured six wheels and a heavily modified Econoline body. While these vans are nowhere near as cool, they're undoubtedly some of the most rugged on offer today.
The Trail models are immediately recognizable thanks to their "FORD" lettering inside the grille. But they also feature some black plastic body cladding, extra logos, and shiny black wheels. Inside, there's "wipe-clean" leather upholstery, while standard air conditioning and a heated windscreen complete the winter-ready theme.
The rear-wheel-drive Transit Trail, the big one with the tall roof, can be ordered with AWD. However, both it and the sportier Transit Custom come with a standard mechanical limited-slip differential. All Transit Trail and Transit Custom Trail models will be available in panel van and double-cab-in-van body styles.
Further down in the range, Ford has added Active models. These also have rugged body cladding and take their branding from the Fiesta and Focus Active models. The packages are available not only for the big vans but also for the Tourneo Custom. Standard equipment will include the new skirts, bumpers, mirror caps, mesh grille, 17-inch wheels, and part-leather seat trim. The small Transit Connect and Tourneo Connect Active will join the ranks later in 2020.
Ford's diverse van range is a little confusing, but thankfully their engine list is pretty simple. The new EcoBlue family of 2-liter turbocharged diesel engines offers customers outputs such as 128 hp, 168 hp and 184 hp. Obviously, there are less powerful versions, but not in the Trail and Active family. Furthermore, the Transit Custom Trail can also be had with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system.