In 2020, Ford unveiled a more rigorous, raptor-inspired version of its transit van for Europe, called the Transit Trail. Since then, we hope to see a version of it come to the United States (why does Europe get all the good stuff?). We’ve heard rumors that our wish for an off-road-ish Ford van may come true, and we’ve even seen a U.S. trademark application for the car as recently as last month. Now, we have some physical to pin our hopes on, as our spy photographer seems to be a US-spec version of the transit trail near Ford’s Dearborn test track.
The car captured in these photos appears to be ready for production, along with its piece of black plastic cladding and all-terrain tires. These images also show some differences from European models, such as a new grille with blue oval emblems instead of the Raptor-esque “FORD” letter, grille and side marker lights, beefer cladding on the fender, and 245/75 R16 Goodyear Rangler wrapped around all-terrain steel wheels. . While the European model is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel, we expect a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 that produces 310 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. In addition to the Transit Trail, a more daring look and more rough tires, gets all-wheel drive with modes for rough terrain.
Earlier rumors suggested a debut this year, and this close-to-production tester helped strengthen that claim. It has enough unique features for the United States, including using a domestic powertrain, we can expect it to be built alongside the rest of US-market transit at Ford’s Kansas City Assembly plant, instead of redirecting Ford’s supplies from Europe to America.