Foreign Affairs: Troller T4, Brazil

Chris Tonn
by Chris Tonn

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.

Chris Tonn
Chris Tonn

Some enthusiasts say they were born with gasoline in their veins. Chris Tonn, on the other hand, had rust flakes in his eyes nearly since birth. Living in salty Ohio and being hopelessly addicted to vintage British and Japanese steel will do that to you. His work has appeared in eBay Motors, Hagerty, The Truth About Cars, Reader's Digest, AutoGuide, Family Handyman, and Jalopnik. He is a member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association, and he's currently looking for the safety glasses he just set down somewhere.

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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'!

  • ToolGuy I would answer, but the question might change again, and then where would we be? Also, bran... wheat bran? Bran Castle? The coliva served at Bran Castle is made with wheat, I checked. (Some places use rice, because collectivism does not work.)
  • ToolGuy Learn to drive, people.
  • Corey Lewis I saw a TVR Griffith 500 (mfd 1990-2002) back in June 2014 at the Ault Park Concours, in a side parking lot. It had plates on it, but was MUCH too new to be in the US, especially so as the 500 was a later model 1993+. Luckily I took pics as proof!
  • Bd2 This is when BMW started to go downhill design-wise...
  • Jalop1991 "...their resale value to be in par with a 80's GM diesel wearing a Yugo badge." Those words, sir, paint a picture.