Ford Guy Posts Sand-Happy Troller Photos on Twitter
No Official Announcement, but Rumors Are Going Wild
Ford Motor Company’s Truck Communications Manager Mike Levine tweeted photos of the Brazilian-market Troller SUV playing in the sand yesterday.
Well, we say that’s mighty rude of you, Mr. Levine, as Ford has never made any statement that the Troller would make it to the North American market. As such, the tweet can only be regarded as some good-natured teasing, not an official announcement of intent.
Still, the famously tight-lipped Levine’s tweet has set of a firestorm of rumors about the Troller’s destiny, which many commentators think includes future sales in the U.S. Fans of the brand look to the Troller as a replacement for the long-departed compact Bronco and Bronco II SUVs, and it’s not hard to imagine the Troller becoming a Blue Oval rival to the Jeep Wrangler.
The photos Levine tweeted were of various Troller SUVs competing in Copa Troller, a Brazilian one-make rally series designed for the SUV. Troller owners, divided into four different categories ranging from novice to expert, get their vehicles across a variety of terrain using accurate navigation and timekeeping. Like many rallies, outright speed isn’t so much the goal as maintaining an average speed and crossing the finish line at a designated time.
We’ve included additional images of Copa Troller, just because we can. We really hope Levine wasn’t just leading us on with those images, as we really would love to compare the merits of the 3.2L diesel I-5 Troller with those of the upcoming Wrangler EcoDiesel.