I can’t believe it, but I’m about to argue that the American market needs another SUV. Seriously. No, please, don’t click away.
Really, beyond the various Wrangler derivatives, are there any true sport utility vehicles offered here any longer? Everything else is a unibody cute-ute or some monstrous limo/wagon hybrid that can’t handle a curb, let alone a rocky trail.
Plus, it has the perfect name for both the writers and readers of TTAC: Troller.
It’s now based on the global Ranger platform, sharing a diesel five- cylinder and the six-speed transmission. And look at the interior! It reminds me of a previous-generation F-150. The styling is a bit funky, certainly, but functional.
Those odd vents behind the front wheels are sealed air intakes, to minimize the chances of water ingestion during river fords. The Troller is so beloved in the homeland that there is an off-road rally/race series specifically for this truck — Copa Troller — where water crossings are obviously needed.
We’ve talked about it before; Ford needs a real hardcore SUV in the lineup. This might be the truck to wear the beloved Bronco badge. Base price in Brazil is around $32,000 USD, which sounds on the money for our market. It’d need a petrol engine here. The 3.5-liter Ecoboost would be a fun choice.
Ford, please. Do it.
[Images: Ford Brazil]