New Ford Transit Custom Trail – bold looks, extra grip

  • Traction-boosting mLSD as standard
  • Striking new FORD grille and other visual upgrades
  • Aimed at working operators in tough environments

As with its big brother, the Ford Transit Custom is now available in a new Trail specification, which aims to deliver extra traction for trickier working conditions thanks to the addition of a mechanical Limited Slip Differential (mLSD).

Add a distinctive new look for this hard-working model, and the Transit Custom Trail surely isn’t going to struggle to find willing customers.

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So, about that grille…

Looks good, right? Ford’s gone all Raptor on the Transit Custom and given it a bold FORD lettered grille – Raptor being the firm’s range of high-performance pickup trucks.

Ford Transit Custom Trail - FORD grille, 2020

Together with the larger Transit Trail, this is the first time such a strong visual message has been officially added to the Ford van range, though you may have seen similar aftermarket-supplied grille treatments applied to Transit Customs on the road already.

Ford Transit Custom Trail - red, side view, 2020

In addition to this, the Trail comes with additional cladding for the lower front and rear bumpers and side panels – all the better to see off rougher road surfaces – as well as a unique 16-inch alloy wheel design. And Trail logos on the doors, of course.

What’s the benefit of the mLSD on the Transit Custom Trail?

Fitted as standard to all Transit Custom Trail models, the mLSD has been developed by specialists Quaife, and is designed to increase traction in slippery conditions by automatically direction power and torque to the wheel where there is most grip.

As a result, it should help the Trail travel over gravel, mud and other slippery surfaces much more effectively – including making the van easier to drive in the wet and snow, too. The usual electronic stability control system has been rewired to work with it seamlessly as well.

Ford Transit Custom Trail - red, front view, driving round corner, 2020

What’s more, the mLSD works without reducing fuel economy – which is a claimed 40.3mpg WLTP. Similar devices, also supplied by Quaife, are typically fitted to Ford’s most powerful cars, including the Focus RS, Fiesta ST and Focus ST hot hatches.

Is there a four-wheel drive version of the Transit Custom Trail?

No – all Transit Customs are front-wheel drive only. If you need the extra go-anywhere capability of four-wheel drive you’ll need to upgrade to the bigger Transit. The Trail version of that is also available with Intelligent All-Wheel Drive.

Any changes on the inside?

To help keep Trail customers comfortable, Ford’s fitted easy-to-clean leather upholstery as standard, alongside air-conditioning and a Quickclear heated windscreen.

Ford Transit Custom Trail - cab interior, 2020

Buyers also get power-folding door mirrors and automatic lights.

How much does the Transit Custom Trail cost?

Prices start at £29,250, excluding VAT, and the Trail is available as a panel van or a Double-Cab-in-Van (DCiV), with a choice of 130hp, 170hp or 185hp 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engines.

Ford Transit Custom Trail - red, rear view, 2020

You can’t have the six-speed automatic gearbox in combination with the mLSD, so Trail buyers will have to stick with the six-speed manual gearbox. You can add opt for a fuel-saving mHEV EcoBlue Hybrid model, however.

Look out for our first review of the Transit Custom Trail soon. And if you’re after something a little more ‘lifestyle’ Ford is also launching a new Transit Custom Active model with SUV-style cosmetic upgrades.

Also read:

>> Our main Ford Transit Custom review

>> Ford Transit Trail – full details

>> Ford Transit Custom Active – full details

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