Foreign Affairs: Troller T4, Brazil

Chris Tonn
by Chris Tonn
foreign affairs troller t4 brazil

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.

The Troller T4 is a Brazilian built offroader, inspired by the Jeep. But now that Ford owns Troller, there are plenty of Blue Oval influences throughout.

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]

Chris Tonn is a broke classic car enthusiast that writes about old cars, since he can’t afford to buy them. Commiserate with him on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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  • Wstarvingteacher Wstarvingteacher on Mar 16, 2016

    Love it. Of course I am sold on the idea of SUVs. Live far enough south that a diesel is a good idea year round. There are a lot of these that appeal to me. They just aren't sold in the U.S. Am waiting to see what sort of reliability/durability reputation the Renegade develops. Drive a 4 runner and really don't have any intention of going back to a pickup.

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    • Vulpine Vulpine on Mar 17, 2016

      @Corey Lewis While I do study CR's reports along with everything else available when I make an automotive purchase, it is by no means the only or even the most heavily-weighted measure. I've found they grossly overstate some issues and understate positive aspects of vehicles to make them look worse than they really are; much like any prejudiced commentator. They don't have to be paid by a competitor to offer a bad report on a car; they only have to be prejudiced themselves... and I believe they are.

  • Bball40dtw Bball40dtw on Mar 16, 2016

    The Bronco will fill this niche. Same basic concept. Don't expect two doors through. Ford isn't going to waste time with that.

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    • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Mar 17, 2016

      @Vulpine And having tires represents 'vehicle'!

  • Lou_BC I kinda like the blocky lines. The snout has a star wars stormtrooper look so that means it won't hit anything.
  • ToolGuy I respect the work this individual has done from the starting point he was handed ("I have been involved for about 6 months repairing this car acquired form my sister who received it from our dad"; "The car was an oily mess when I received it, had a clogged catalytic converter, and hesitated intermittently on the highway after extended driving (> 20 miles)")...But there is no need to show prospective customers the "before" or "in process" photographs. Very few customers want to see or know how the sausage is made.And rather than show extreme close-ups of the dents, call a PDR shop, and bump up your selling price.
  • Ajla "launched as the GX550 offering a 3.4-liter" I know some people rip on pick up or performance car buyers for insecurity but it is funny that premium vehicle buyers need inflated designations like this because "GX340t" won't get their d*cks hard. Although Lexus isn't alone in this, it's even better here because they went from GX470 to GX460 back in 2009 and no one died over the decrease. The IS500 and LC500 are still matched to their displacement but maybe they'd sell more if it was called LC650? 🤔
  • ToolGuy Q: Is it time for ToolGuy the non-early adopter to purchase an EV for long-term ownership?A: No, it is not.(Get this stuff ironed out and I'll be back later.)
  • Theflyersfan Why take the effort to cover the back plate when the front plate is visible in a couple shots?