Ford has announced new Trail & Active variants with distinctive styling and further capabilities added to the renowned Transit toughness and practicality.
The new Transit Trail and Transit Custom Trail models have been engineered especially to work in rougher, tougher conditions with the help of improved traction from a new mechanical limited-slip differential (mLSD) on the front-wheel drive Transit and Transit Custom variants, plus Intelligent All-Wheel Drive on the bold, rugged Transit Trail.
The vehicles' Electronic Stability Control systems have also been recalibrated to work with the mLSD with no adverse impact on either fuel efficiency or CO2 emissions.
The Transit Trail's Intelligent All-Wheel Drive improves off-road traction by sending up to 50% of torque to the front axle based on how much grip is available on different road surfaces and in different drive modes. Selectable drive modes include ‘Slippery’ and ‘Mud/Rut’ to improve performance on various surfaces. AWD Lock mode splits torque 50:50 between the front and rear axles on extreme low-grip surfaces.
Exterior and interior upgrades also make sure that the Transit Trail and Transit Custom Trail are able to provide practical solutions and keep occupants in comfort even in more challenging environments away from normal roads. Upgrades include full, durable, wipe-clean leather seating, air conditioning, power-foldable door mirrors, auto lighting, and Ford’s Quickclear heated windscreen as standard.
Hans Schep, general manager for Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Europe explained: "The Active and Trail models demonstrate how versatile and capable the Transit range can be. From businesses that operate off the beaten track to families who want a vehicle as adventurous as they are, there is a Transit to suit every need."
These Trail and Active models are available with more fuel-efficient, 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel and EcoBlue Hybrid 48-volt mild hybrid powertrain options, in addition to FordPass Connect modem technology among other new features and driver assistance systems.