Rough-road-capable variants for the Transit and Tourneo ranges are now available from Ford – with exclusive exterior and interior upgrades to ensure they deliver comfort and capability in challenging conditions without compromising practicality.
The new Transit Trail and Transit Custom Trail models have been designed to operate in tougher working environments, with the enhanced traction of a new mechanical limited-slip differential (mLSD) on front-wheel drive Transit and Transit Custom variants, and Intelligent All-Wheel Drive on Transit.
New Active variants of the Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom support the multi-activity lifestyles of the brand’s private and business customers with additional body cladding and the option of an mLSD for enhanced traction on loose, slippery or soft surfaces. An SUV-inspired exterior adds visual appeal as well as boosting practicality off the beaten track.
“The Active and Trail models demonstrate how versatile and capable the Transit range can be,” said Hans Schep, general manager, commercial vehicles, Ford of Europe. “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.”
The range of Active vehicles will be expanded later in this year, with the introduction of the smaller Transit Connect Active and Tourneo Connect Active models. More details will be provided closer to launch.
Trail for all conditions
Developed in partnership with driveline technology specialists Quaife, the mLSD on front-wheel-drive Transit and Transit Custom Trail models automatically transfers engine torque in low grip conditions to the wheel with the most traction, allowing the vehicle to more comfortably tackle unpaved roads, gravel tracks and challenging surfaces. The vehicle’s Electronic Stability Control system has been recalibrated to harmonise with the mLSD.
Transit Trail is also available with Intelligent All-Wheel Drive for optimised traction off-road. The technology enhances the base rear-wheel drive configuration by sending up to 50% of engine torque to the front axle based on available grip in response to changing road surfaces and driver inputs.
Transit Trail’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive technology is also supported by additional ‘Slippery’ and ‘Mud/Rut’ selectable drive modes, designed to improve performance and driver confidence across a variety of driving scenarios.
Trail models also benefit from an enhanced interior specification, with full leather seating as standard. Air conditioning, power-foldable door mirrors and auto lighting are also standard, as is Ford’s Quickclear heated windscreen, which allows an easy departure in freezing conditions.
All Transit Trail and Transit Custom Trail models are available in panel van and double-cab-in-van body styles,and are powered by Ford’s advanced 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine.
In addition, Transit Custom Trail models offer electrified powertrains with Ford’s unique-in-segment 2.0-litre EcoBlue Plug-in Hybrid powertrains.
Versatile Active for outdoor lives
New Transit and Tourneo Custom Active models add SUV style and enhanced practicality with unique design features and a revised specification to suit the demands of both private and business users. Offering the space and load carrying capacity to enable adventurous lifestyles, the new Active models follow the success of the Ford Fiesta Active and Focus Active passenger vehicles.