Ford on Thursday launched a brand new model of its Transit van that embraces the entire van life tradition.
It’s referred to as the Transit Path, and it arrives for the 2023 model yr with a beginning value of $65,975, earlier than vacation spot.
The Transit Path has been designed for journey straight from the manufacturing unit, and consists of 3.5 inches of additional floor clearance to make sure these adventures can occur in rougher terrain than simply the campsite parking spot. Modifications embody 30.5-inch Goodyear Wrangler Workhorse all-terrain tires wrapped round 16-inch wheels, wheel arch cladding, and a 2.8-inch wider observe. Slider-style driver- and passenger-side steps are additionally included.
Consumers will be capable of select from medium- and high-roof our bodies, in addition to an extended-length high-roof physique that gives as much as 14 ft of cargo flooring size and 487 cubic ft of storage. Ford additionally positions drillable areas particularly for cabinetry, shelving, and mattress installations that the customer could wish to add to go well with their wants.
The powertrain is a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 that delivers 310 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. It’s mated to a 10-speed computerized and all-wheel-drive system. A Heavy-Responsibility Trailer Bundle makes towing as much as 6,500 lb doable.
The camper-van market has some untapped potential, particularly as there are so few choices accessible straight from the manufacturing unit. In fact, camper-van conversions have turn into a DIY development, and lots of third-party upfitters construct motorhomes utilizing van chassis cabs as beginning factors.
Ford itself added Motorhome, RV, and Journey Prep Packages through the Ford Upfits program, however the turnkey Transit Path may enchantment to a wider vary of outdoorsy prospects. Because it’s primarily based on Ford’s well-liked Transit, there’s additionally a longtime community of upfitters and inside installers accessible for extra specialised upgrades.
The Transit Path is constructed on the Transit’s plant in Kansas Metropolis, Missouri. That is the one replace confirmed for the 2023 Transit to date; the van was refreshed for the 2021 model yr, with the electrical E-Transit van becoming a member of the lineup for 2022.