The Blue Oval’s Brazilian arm has revealed the Ford Troller T4, a locally designed SUV engineered to tackle the trickiest tracks and harshest conditions that the South American nation has to offer.
Based on the TR-X concept revealed at the 2012 Sao Paulo motor show, the Ford Troller T4 is powered by a 3.2-litre diesel engine hooked up to a six-speed manual transmission.
In addition to all its all-new body, the Troller T4 features LED tail-lights, 17-inch alloy wheels and swaybars that can be disconnected. A snorkel can easily be attached to the Troller’s high-mounted air intake.
Ford has yet to reveal the look of the new Troller’s interior, but it does claim that it can be easily cleaned of any dust and dirt that might accumulate in the course of serious off-roading. The new Troller T4 can be had with a “sky roof” or two large glass panes that allow for plenty of light to enter the cabin.
No specifics about the car’s pricing have yet been released, but, as a rough guide, the current Troller T4 retails for 96,844 Brazilian reals ($46,200).
Look closely and you’ll notice that the Troller T4 doesn’t feature any Ford badging, at least externally. Troller was founded back in 1995 by Rogerio Farias and was purchased by Ford of Brazil in 2007 for an undisclosed fee. Since then the company has sold its cars independently of the mothership, with this being the first new model developed since the company’s takeover.
The Blue Oval’s One Ford policy has dictated a steady pruning of platforms, as well as region-specific models. This, combined with changing vehicle tastes, a small market and low tariffs, has helped to killed off Australia’s own Falcon sedan and Territory SUV. Like some other populous countries, Brazil’s government imposes heavy taxes on fully imported vehicles, so the local arms of many auto makers are able to produce a variety of indigenous models.