FORD has announced new rough-road-capable Trail and Active variants for the Transit and Tourneo ranges, 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.

New Active variants of the Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom support the multi-activity lifestyles of 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 will be expanded with the Transit Connect Active and Tourneo Connect Active models.

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.

Trail models also benefit from an enhanced interior specification, with full leather seating as standard bringing additional luxury, durability and wipe-clean flexibility to the cabin.

Air conditioning, power-foldable door mirrors and auto lighting are standard, as is Ford’s Quickclear heated windscreen.

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 130PS, 170PS and 185PS power outputs.

In addition, Transit Custom Trail models offer the efficiency benefits of electrified powertrains with Ford’s unique-in-segment 2.0-litre EcoBlue Hybrid powertrains in 130PS, 170PS and 185PS 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.

The versatile Tourneo Custom Active’s interior can easily be reconfigured to reflect users’ demands.

The flexible seats can move to give passengers more room or increase luggage space. The seats can also be reversed to create a conference seating layout or removed for 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 130PS, 170PS and 185PS depending on model and specification.

Automatic and manual gearboxes are available across the range.

Meanwhile the optional mLSD is also available on manual vehicles.

Customers can choose from a wide range of variants and body styles to find the perfect vehicle that best suit their needs and lifestyle.

Pricing and full UK specifications will be revealed shortly.