2023 Ford Transit Trail gets serious off-road capability

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Updated Nov 23, 2022
2023 Ford Transit Trail
2023 Ford Transit Trail
Ford Pro

For those in the market for a van with off-road muscle, take a look at the new 2023 Ford Transit Trail van.

The all-wheel-drive off-roader is powered by a 310-hp EcoBoost V6 that offers up to 400 lb.-ft. torque through five selectable drive modes: normal, eco, mud/ruts, tow/haul and slippery.

2023 Transit Trail Front WheelThe 2023 Transit Trail stands taller than its predecessors with a 3.5-inch increased ride height and a 2.75-inch wider track that rolls on 16-inch black alloy wheels wrapped with 30.5-inch Goodyear Wrangler Workhorse all-terrain tires.

“No matter the task at hand – delivering packages or enjoying life off the grid – customers can rely on their Transit to get the job done,” said Ted Cannis, Ford Pro CEO. “Our decades of experience in the motorhome industry and insights from the van-life community helped us design a vehicle that makes it easier for adventure seekers to start their next journey.”

A heavy-duty trailer package offers up to 6,500-lb. towing capacity while tech features enable confidence on and off the trail with Intelligent Access with push-button start, Blind Spot Assist 1.0, Reverse and Side Sensing systems and Adaptive Cruise Control.

Count on connectivity in the cab with SYNC 4 with SiriusXM with 360L, HD Radio and Ford Power-Up software updates, a 12-inch touchscreen, a high-resolution digital camera, and 110-volt, 12-volt and USB outlets.

The 2023 Transit Trail stands out with a black grille with integrated marker lamps and black HID headlamps, unique skid plate-style front bumper, splash guards, wheel arch cladding, front wheel arch liners, and slider-style driver- and passenger-side steps.

Ford’s latest van is available in three cargo van configurations, including medium- and high-roof models and a high-roof extended-length variant.

Transit Trail in the high-roof, extended-length configuration provides up to 487 cubic feet of cargo space to upfit. Both high-roof variants provide full standing room to people as tall 6-feet, 5-inches. The cargo area floor in the extended-length model stretches more than 14 feet.

2023 Transit Trail Interior DashDrillable areas positioned specifically for cabinetry, shelving, bed and more allow do-it-yourselfers and upfitters to consider various configurations. Privacy glass and an optional roof vent fan are available. Creature comforts in the cabin include an overhead shelf, illuminated sun visors and driver and passenger swivel seats.

An available Upfitter Package provides power auxiliary accessories such as 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. 

As part of the Transit family of vans, the Transit Trail adventure-ready chassis is re-tuned and tested to meet the same BUILT FORD TOUGH durability standards as the rest of the Transit® lineup. This enables the vehicle to maintain Ford’s 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty.

Transit Trail owners can also benefit from access to the Ford Pro network of upfitters and interior installers on fordupfits.com. Transit Trail customers can turn to the Ford dealer network of more than 3,000 maintenance and service centers for vehicle upkeep, as well as access to a growing fleet of more than 800 mobile service vans when the unexpected happens in unexpected places.

Assembled in Missouri, home of the Kansas City Assembly Plant, current MSRP for the 2023 Ford Transit Trail starts at $65,975. 

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