Ford has revealed “rugged” new Trail-badged versions of its Transit and Transit Custom models in Europe, complete with a Raptor-inspired grille.
The Blue Oval brand says the newcomers have been “designed specifically to operate in tougher working environments”.
Front-driven derivatives come with a new, Quaife-developed mechanical limited-slip differential (as well as a “recalibrated” electronic stability control system) while others feature “intelligent” all-wheel drive (with additional “slippery” and “mud/rut” driving modes).
The Trail variants gain additional black cladding around the front and rear lower bumpers and side panels, while the matte-black grille features bold “Ford” lettering, just like the Ranger Raptor.
Both furthermore gain 16-inch alloy wheels and “Trail” decals along their front doors. In addition, the Transit Custom version can be specified with roof rails and running boards. Inside, Trail models gain full leather seats as standard.
In Europe, the Transit Trail and Transit Custom Trail models are powered by Ford’s 2,0-litre EcoBlue turbodiesel engine, offered in three states of tune (96 kW, 125 kW and 136 kW). In addition, Transit Custom Trail derivatives can be had with the brand’s 2,0-litre EcoBlue Hybrid powertrain, which adds 48 V mild-hybrid technology to the mix.
The Dearborn-based firm has also taken the covers off new Transit and Tourneo Custom “Active” models, which gain what the brand describes as “rugged SUV style and enhanced practicality”.