The 2023 Transit Trail was just announced, and there’s no doubt Ford is targeting the DIY van conversion crowd, with #Vanlife hashtag and catchy phrases like “Attention DIYers / Van-Lifers” all over the press releases. Obviously, Ford is trying to create a hype around the North American release of the Trail model, with most auto medias publishing press release simultaneously. What we’re really interested in are the technical features and specifications, but it’s either vague or diluted in the marketing pitch. So below we’ll attempt to make a clear and concise list of what is included in the Trail’s package and update it as more info becomes available.
The Transit Trail will be offered in cargo van configurations (no crew or passenger!) including a 148″ WB long-length (med/high roof) or a 148″WB extended-length (high roof):
Drivetrain & GVWR
- AWD (All-Wheel Drive).
- 3.73 limited slip rear axle.
- 3.5L Ecoboost engine.
- 10-Speed transmission.
- Heavy-Duty front axle.
- 9,500 lbs GVWR.
- 6,500 lbs max towing capacity.
Larger All-Terrain Tires
Comes with 30.5-inch Goodyear Wrangler Workhorse All-Terrain tires, instead of the standard 28-inch tires. Ford offering larger tires on the Transit is also a premiere, but it’s a pretty common thing to install larger tires for DIYers: (see faroutride.com/ford-transit-larger-tires-upgrade).
16-inch “Transit Trail” black aluminum wheels. New factory option that adds up to the third-party options already available on the market: (see faroutride.com/transit-wheels).
Higher Clearance and Wider Track
The combination of suspension-lift, larger tires, and wheel-offset gives the Transit Trail a 3.5″ increase in ride height (6.7″ ground clearance) and 2.75″ wider track:
Black Transit Trail grille with integrated marker lamps, as well as a skid plate-style front bumper.
Pre-Installed Roof Vent (Optional)
A pre-installed optional roof-vent is available. Our guess is that its location will be fixed, so those wanting a different location (rear/front) will still have to go the DIY way: (see faroutride.com/fan-installation).
Factory swivel seats have been available for a while, but it’s interesting to note that they will be included in the Trail package.
Slider-Type side Steps
Running boards were available before, but these look a bit more rugged.
Splash guards and wheel arch cladding
The following options were already available for the Transit (see our Ford Transit Order Guide for Camper Van Conversion), but are packaged together in the Trail model:
- 250A alternator (can be used to charge the house battery with a DC-DC charger).
- Heavy-duty trailer tow package.
- Dual AGM batteries.
- Auxiliary fuse panel with high spec interface connector.
- 31-gallon extended range fuel tank (optional).
- Wheel well liners (front).
- HID headlamps.
- Fog lamps.
- Privacy windows.
- Short arm power adjusting, power-folding heated side mirrors with turn signals.
- Keyless entry keypad.
- Push-button start.
- 110V/400W power outlet.
- 4-way manual seats (with swivel).
- Front overhead shelf.
- Co-Pilot 360 (pre-collision assist, lane-keeping system, etc.)
- Sync 4 (12-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, etc.)
Starting price of $65,770 USD (according to motorauthority.com).
With the new 2023 Transit Trail, Ford introduces some interesting new features such as the factory lift, larger all-terrain tires, alloy wheels, pre-installed roof fan, and aesthetics (side steps, bumper, etc.). But they also didn’t completely re-invent the wheel, by packaging existing options that are not new or unique to the Trail model. There is certainly a lot of marketing hype about this release, but we’re actually happy to see Ford has been working on new features.
Please let us know if we forgot anything in the comment section below!