Ford Pro, the automaker’s new commercial-vehicles division, introduces the ’23 Ford Transit Trail Van designed for camping, off-roading and customization. The Transit is America’s best-selling commercial van, and more motorhomes are built on Ford chassis than any other brand, Ford says.
It’s available in three cargo-van configurations: medium-roof, high-roof and extended-length high-roof with up to 487 cu.-ft. (13,790 L) for upfitting. Both high-roof versions provide full standing room for people as tall as 6 ft.-5 ins. (196 cm), Ford says. The cargo-area floor in the extended-length model extends more than 14 ft. (427 cm).
Drillable areas are positioned specifically for cabinetry, shelving, bed and more, presenting do-it-yourselfers and upfitters with countless configurations. Privacy glass and an optional roof vent fan enhance comfort. Cabin features (pictured, below) include an overhead shelf, illuminated sun visors and driver and passenger swivel seats.
The Transit Trail is equipped with a 3.5L Eco-Boost V-6 that produces 310 hp and 400 lb.-ft. (542 Nm) of torque and is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The all-wheel-drive van has five selectable drive modes – Normal, Eco, Mud/Ruts, Tow/Haul and Slippery – plus a 3.5-in. (89-mm) increased ride height, a 2.75-in. (159-mm) wider track, 30.5-in. Goodyear Wrangler Workhorse all-terrain tires and 16-in. black alloy wheels.
Other standard features include:
- 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.
- Heavy-Duty Trailer Package with up to 6,500-lb. (2,948-kg) towing capacity for hauling a boat, four-wheelers or snowmobiles.
- Intelligent Access with push-button start, Blind Spot Assist 1.0, Reverse and Side Sensing systems and Adaptive Cruise Control.
- SYNC4 infotainment system with SiriusXM, HD Radio and Ford Power-Up software updates, 12-in. (30-cm) touchscreen, high-resolution digital camera, and 110V, 12V and USB outlets.
The Transit Trail is backed by Ford’s 3-year/36,000-mile (57,960-km) warranty and Ford Pro’s network of upfitters, interior installers, dealers and a fleet of more than 800 mobile service vans for end-to-end support.
“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,” says 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.”
The van is assembled in Missouri at the Kansas City Assembly Plant. It is priced starting at $65,975.