Ford’s famous Transit and the Tourneo can now cope with rough terrain with the launch of Trail and Active variants, available to order now for delivery in late summer.

The new Transit Trail and Transit Custom Trail models have been designed specifically 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. 

Exclusive exterior and interior upgrades deliver comfort and capability in challenging conditions without compromising practicality.

New Active variants of the Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom support the multi-activity lifestyles of 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 range of Active vehicles will be further expanded later in 2020, with the introduction of the smaller Transit Connect Active and Tourneo Connect Active models. More details will be provided closer to launch.

A choice of drivetrains offers enhanced traction for difficult conditions. Front-wheel-drive Transit and Transit Custom Trail models are fitted with an mLSD as standard, and Transit Trail is available with Intelligent All-Wheel Drive for progress in more challenging terrain and weather conditions.

Developed in partnership with driveline technology specialists Quaife, the mLSD automatically transfers engine torque in low grip conditions to the wheel with the most traction, allowing Transit Trail and Transit Custom Trail to more comfortably tackle unpaved roads, gravel tracks and challenging surfaces.

The vehicle’s Electronic Stability Control system has also been recalibrated to harmonise with the mLSD. The same technology has previously been used to enhance the traction and handling characteristics of Ford Performance models including the Focus RS, Fiesta ST and Focus ST, and has no impact on CO2 emissions or fuel efficiency.

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.

The 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.

These are easily selected using the Drive Mode controller on the dashboard. Intelligent All-Wheel Drive also features AWD Lock mode to split torque 50:50 between front and rear axles on extreme low-grip surfaces.

The system does not compromise the load volume or dimensions of the Transit Trail compared with rear-wheel drive equivalents.

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 with a choice of 130hp, 170hp and 185hp power outputs. 

In addition, Transit Custom Trail models offer electrified powertrains with Ford’s unique-in-segment 2.0-litre EcoBlue Hybrid powertrains in 130hp, 170hp and 185hp form.

The 48-volt mild hybrid technology recovers energy during deceleration, stores it in a 48-volt battery pack, and uses the energy to increase fuel efficiency.

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 more 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.

The Tourneo Custom Active’s interior can be reconfigured to reflect users’ demands. Flexible seats can move to give passengers more room or increase luggage space, increased further in the long wheelbase variant.

Seats can also be reversed to create a conference seating layout or removed entirely for more luggage space. The seat mounting points can then be used to mount in-vehicle racks to carry bicycles more safely.

Active series are available with power outputs of 130hp , 170hp and 185hp depending on model and specification. Automatic and manual gearboxes are available across the range, with the optional mLSD available on manual vehicles.

There is a range of variants and body style:

  • Tourneo Custom Active in SWB, seating up to eight people including driver
  • Transit Custom Active panel van in SWB and LWB, with 3,000kg GVM
  • Transit Custom Active double-cab-in-van in SWB and LWB, with 3,200kg GVM


Series CO2 from

(g/km NEDC)

Fuel consumption MPG (NEDC)  CO2 from (g/km WLTP) Fuel consumption  MPG (WLTP)
Transit Trail  144 51.3 210 35.3
Transit Custom Trail 141 52.3 183 40.3
Transit Custom Active 146 50.4 186 39.7
Tourneo Custom Active 145 51.3 203 36.6