Meet the Troller T4, a rough-and-tumble SUV Ford is building in Brazil. We hope it’s not love at first sight though, as this puppy isn’t destined for the States anytime soon. The story starts back with Ford’s 2007 purchase of the South American automaker Troller. The T4 was already in development at the time of acquisition, and Ford let the project continue. News of the T4 first broke in June of 2014, and from what Troller has revealed, the T4 will be a competent competitor to vehicles like the Jeep Wrangler , Land Rover Defender , and even perhaps the Mercedes G-Wagen — though not offering the level of posh or refinement as the Benz.
So why is this not the next Ford Bronco? Well, that’s thanks largely to the T4 not being developed by Ford for use in the States. That means it wouldn’t pass the U.S.’ rigorous crash tests. The T4 would, however, likely pass the U.S.’ emissions tests as it’s powered by the same 3.2-liter, I-5, Power Stroke turbodiesel that is offered in the 2015 Ford Transit Van.
The T4 is also fully equipped to handle the challenges found off road. Four-wheel drive; front D-Ring shackle points; high approach, break-over, and departure angles; and an interior that’s said to have easy-to-clean surfaces all aide the Troller in tackling Mother Nature. Even the engine’s air filter is mounted high and to the side, ready for an aftermarket snorkel kit.
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Built-in side steps help protect the bodywork while giving occupants an easy way to access the T4.
The Troller T4 is basically an all-original design, though it has some slight cues from the Wrangler, Defender, Toyota FJ Cruiser, and even the old Suzuki Samurai. The T4 also features a somewhat Toyota-esque design feature with the debossed logo on the front grille. Dark grey accents around the T4 give it that five-o’clock-shadow-look. A flat windshield, side windows, and rear glass continue the manly aesthetics.
Up top, a panoramic moon roof, called the Sky Roof, floors the interior with light while twin roof rack bars allow for extra storage. Like all traditional off-roaders, a full-size spare tire is mounted to the tailgate.
Built-in side steps help protect the bodywork while giving occupants an easy way to access the T4. A trailer hitch will be offered, though won’t come as standard, as indicated by the images.
Ford has yet to release any detailed information or photos of the T4’s interior. Ford has said the interior will be very functional and feature easy-to-clean surfaces. With that in mind, it’s likely the T4 will come with vinyl floors, tightly woven cloth seats, and a dash full of hard plastics. Heck, there may even be a few drain plugs in the floor pan like the Jeep Wrangler.
All these off-road goodies are attached to what we suspect to be a traditional ladder-style frame.
Under the Troller T4’s flat hood is a 3.2-liter, inline five-cylinder, turbodiesel engine. This is likely the same 3.2-liter engine that is an option in the U.S.-spec Ford Transit van. In the Transit, the five-cylinder produces 185 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. That should be more than adequate for motivating the T4 over obstacles and through city traffic. We’ll have to wait to get T4-specific output numbers once Ford finally releases them.
The turbodiesel comes mated to a six-speed manual transmission. It will likely mate to a manual transfer case, but an electronic unit is a possibility. Ford has an electronic locking rear differential and a Torsen limited-slip front differential in its F-150 parts bin, so it’s possible those items could be found inside the T4.
All these off-road goodies are attached to what we suspect to be a traditional ladder-style frame. That’ll provide the T4 with the best capabilities, plus allow for extra tough skid plates. From the photos, it’s apparent the T4 is rocking old-school solid axles front and rear.
While Ford and Troller haven’t released pricing information yet, we suspect the T4 to come as a fairly reasonable rate, perhaps around what Jeep charges for the Wrangler. In that case, a base model would start in the low $20,000 range and escalate into the $30,000 range with all the options. Of course, Brazil doesn’t deal in U.S. dollars, so exchange rates and whatnot will have to be accounted for once Ford does release the pricing info.
The Wrangler is just about the best factory off-roader money can buy. Its solid axles, manual transfer case, meaty tires, and ladder frame construction make it hard to beat when the road ends. The top-dog Rubicon model offers locking diffs, mud-terrain tires, a 4.10:1 craw ratio, and four tow hooks for vehicle recovery.
Every Wrangler comes standard with Chrysler’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6. A five-speed automatic or six-speed manual is optional as well. Also optional are the soft and hardtops, two- or four-door lengths, and about a million aftermarket parts.
Base price for a 2014 Jeep Wrangler starts at $22,395 for the entry-level two-door model and goes up past $40,000 for a loaded Rubicon X model in the four-door configuration.
Gallery Jeep Wrangler
The FJ Cruiser is also a hardy off-roader with a ladder frame, manual transfer case, and a rugged demeanor. Underpinned by the same hardware found under the Toyota 4Runner, the FJ is powered by a 4.0-liter V-6 that’s backed by a five-speed automatic transmission.
The FJ features some innovated yet sometimes frustrating rear-facing secondary doors that service the second row. It’s an interesting design, to say the least. Plastic-covered cargo area, floors, and hard dash materials give the FJ even more versatility.
Sadly, the FJ Cruiser isn’t long for this world as Toyota has given it the axe. You can still buy them new on dealer lots, as of July 2014, with prices starting at $27,680.
Gallery Toyota FJ Cruiser
Man, wouldn’t this make a sick Bronco? Too bad Ford won’t be importing the T4 into the States anytime soon. Its combination of solid axles, ladder frame, diesel engine, manual transmission, and compact design would make it a hot seller in this part of the world. Perhaps Ford will someday resurrect the Bronco name, making another two-door off-roader worthy of that iconic nameplate.
- Perfect size for off-roading
- Solid axles and diesel power
- Not coming to the U.S.
- Details are still pretty scarce
- Will likely be a wobbly handler on pavement
Gallery Troller T4
NOTE: Translated from Portuguese to English via Google Translate
EVOLUTION, MODERNITY, DESIGN: A NEW GENERATION OF TROLLER T4 IS DISPLAYED IN SAO PAULO
- Troller has expanded the expectation of the public to switch to the second generation of the main off-road utility Brazil
- Fully national project, the New Troller T4 respects its heritage and vocation terrain
- It is an entirely new vehicle set to exceed challenges
The Troller expanded the expectation of the public to switch to the second generation of the main off-road utility Brazil: New T4. Still revealed as pre-production model, the all-new vehicle Troller displays a personality marked by evolution, modern and attractive design, with robust and dynamic lines that reveal its propensity to face any kind of slopes and trails.
"It’s a totally new vehicle set to exceed challenges - even more robust, with a mechanical fail-safe, modern and striking design together," says Wagner Conception, general manager of Troller. "Purely national project, the New Troller T4 respects its heritage and vocation terrain".
The model is produced in the factory Troller, fully remodeled. Located in Horizonte, Ceará, she received several investments to enhance their production processes and introduce advanced quality programs for the New Troller T4.
During its development, the utility rolled over 200,000 km under varying conditions of climate and terrain, in different regions of the country and on the slopes of the field Tatuí Evidence in São Paulo. The project also included about 53 thousand hours of virtual development and 22 thousand hours of virtual tests to meet the high standards of strength and reliability required of a legitimate off-road.
Handsome, muscular, need
Its design was based on the brand concept shown at the last Motor Show in São Paulo and voted the most beautiful "car show" exposure. The New Troller T4 surprisingly strong and spectacular visual muscular lines, a clear demonstration of how an off-road utility can also combine beauty and elegance.
The quality is noticeable in the finish, the bodywork tweaks and details. It is produced with special material called composite, high precision, thanks to innovative manufacturing processes.
The lines of the body reveal the proposal of a new streamlined design with various aesthetic and harmonic elements that highlight your look. The wide fenders integrated into the body, the bonnet with central large-sized, wide doors with sills at floor height and aluminum wheels 17 inches reinforce the rugged look of the vehicle.
The front grille with interwoven plots and LED taillights refer to modernity. In the center, the brand logo Troller seal the vehicle. With a creative palette of exterior colors, the New Troller T4 is also enhanced by the application of gray tint, identified as "London Grey" in parts of the body: the roof, bumpers, running boards, air outlet and accessories. The color contrast highlights the sporty character of the vehicle, showing who is always prepared to face different kinds of challenges.
Functionality, equipment and design
The New Troller T4 is a fully functional vehicle. It comes with front guard and running boards integrated into the design side of the body. On the roof, a great novelty is the "sky-roof", ie two paned windows that provide excellent illumination of the cabin and allow the external display.
He also brings baggage with adjustable crossbars, and a spoiler on the rear cover with integrated brake-light. The body of the New Troller T4 displays ground clearance and angles of entry and exit to further extend its off-road capability. Mixed-use tires, air intake in high position prepared for the installation of snorkel and winch are integrated basis for other equipment that contribute to its versatility.
The interior has a new design, with nice visuals and high quality materials, which also offer high resistance and easy cleaning for use in various situations, such as in and out in usual areas of mud and dust on the trails. The various options of bank regulation and the tools at hand easier to find a good driving position.
Original, radical and genuine
The New Troller T4 changed the platform, the exterior design and concept of the interior. But it has not lost its original, radical and genuine basis of available off-road, hallmark Troller, gaining even more strength with a new mechanical assembly.
The all-terrain performance is the key point of the vehicle. This attribute is now associated with other positive aspects such as drivability, driveability and comfort for running also in the city. Its 3.2 L diesel engine and manual six-speed transmission will bring a new perspective of power, torque and speed.
"The consumer wins a new generation Troller without losing its rich heritage, its DNA. Rare and very few vehicles in the Brazilian market segment have an impressive powertrain as the New Troller T4. Soon, we demonstrate the practical advantages of this vehicle" emphasizes the Executive Sales, Marketing and Service, Troller, Wilson Vasconcellos Son.
"The view of the first units aims to create an impact and give a positive response to the thousands of fans who await with great anticipation the arrival of the New T4" he says with pride.
Better, more car, more Troller
The Troller has established itself over the years as the leading brand of off-road Brazil. T4 is synonymous with strength and victory. In sports, he is winning important competitions in Brazil, as the Country Rally, and is attracting the biggest rally of regularity Country: Copa Troller.
Only Brazilian utility with the soul and pulse off-road, the Troller T4 new generation was much better. As highlighted communication created for their presentation: "Much more car. Further Troller ". Other product details will be disclosed at the time of its release.