New Ford Troller T4 Is a Brazilian Bronco
Ford-Powered SUV Brings True Off-Road Capability to South America
Aside from the Mustang, there are fewer models that are more iconic or beloved in the Ford lineup than the Bronco. Aside from its unfortunate 15 minutes (or however long the O.J. chase was) in the mid '90s, the Ford Bronco has been synonymous with ruggedness, simplicity, and off-road fun. Ford has shown some concepts at various times, the most recent being at the 2004 Detroit Auto Show. Alas, that promising tease never came to fruition, but if you live in Brazil, you'll soon be getting the next best thing. Ladies and gentleman, introducing the 2015 Ford Troller T4.
In concept and form, the Troller T4 is about the closest thing to a modern-day Bronco that Ford has in its global portfolio. Styling-wise, if you think of it as Ford's version of the Jeep Wrangler, you're pretty close. In fact, the predecessor Troller T4 is a virtual dead-ringer for a Wrangler TJ. Few hardware details or specs were given with the release, other than it's powered by Ford's 3.2L I-5 turbodiesel (which will be an option in the 2015 Transit) mated to a six-speed manual transmission. We also found this video of a cladded Troller testing in the wilds of Brazil. Although there's a music track overlaid on the video, you can still hear the Troller's I-5 diesel clattering away.
Doing a bit of online sleuthing, we found out that Troller was founded in Brazil in 1995 by Rogerio Farias. Ford acquired Troller in 2007. Since Brazilian smog and safety standards are much different and probably a lot less demanding than U.S. standards, we're not holding our breath for the Troller to come to the U.S., not to mention that you can count on one finger the only two-door SUV that sells in any significant numbers anymore (Wrangler). So the business case for the Troller in the U.S. isn't the greatest, but we can still dream.
Source: Ford Brazil