Ford Motor Co. recently announced a new version of the Transit Van to be manufactured at the assembly plant in Claycomo.
Christened the Transit Trail, the customizable van was designed for outdoor enthusiasts and others who appreciate flexible, customizable designs. According to a Ford news release, the van will be available in three configurations: medium-roof, high-roof, and a high-roof extended-length model. The latter provides up to 487 cubic feet of customizable cargo space.
Earlier in 2022, Ford completed a $95-million retooling project at the plant which included modifications for Transit Trail production. The Transit Trail is like the original Transit and new E-Transit vans but with several additional features targeting its unique market with do-it-yourselfers and motorhome distributors.
Several features are included to make this happen: the Transit Trail comes with all-wheel drive and a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine. Off-road capability is boosted with ride height increased by 3.5 inches, a 2.75-inch wider track and outfitting with 30.5-inch all-terrain tires. The Transit Trail also has a heavy-duty trailer package with the capability to tow up to 6,500 pounds.
The new van also boasts drillable areas to install cabinetry, shelving, beds or other amenities. An upfitter package includes accessories such as an exterior light bar, an auxiliary fuse panel and modified vehicle wiring.