American loves big cars. The bigger, and it would often seem the more pointless, the better. Enter Ford’s latest entry into the lucrative SUV market, the Troller T4. It’s the creation of Troller Motor Company, a firm founded in Brazil in 1995, by Rogério Farias. In 1999 the first Trollers were produced. The T4s were introduced in 2004 and three years later, Ford do Brazil purchased Troller and since then, the T4s have been made under the umbrella of the Blue Oval guys.This latest model T4 has this author salivating at the idea of an American competitor to the Jeep brand. Its aggressive stance, both high and wide lend that bad boy feel to this SUV. From it’s rugged looking, yet classic body lines to the meaty rubber, this SUV could be at home in Arizona, Wyoming, or on Rodeo Drive. The overall feel is reminiscent of the older Jeep Wranglers, but with an updated twist. The interior is pretty rugged looking too, with obvious Ford influences.
With a little more “Americanizing” we can get an idea of what the American T4 interior might be like by comparing this 2012 Ford F150 Harley Edition interior with the T4’s, shown above.
But looks aren’t everything and the T4 seems to know that. The engine is a 3.2-liter turbodiesel paired with a six-speed manual tranny. Heavy-duty Dana solid axles, along with electronically disconnecting sway bars have made the T4 a Dakar Rally favorite. Add in the snorkel air intake and water crossings get easier. This SUV can not only talk the talk, it walks the walk, as well.
The turbo diesel isn’t a choice for off roaders in the states, even Jeep doesn’t offer them here. With the Toyota FJ now gone, there seems to be a slot open for some competition, but the cost of meeting US Federal requirements will more than likely keep this sweet little beast south of our borders. That’s a sad thing, because it looks like the market would demand this type of vehicle, but Uncle Sam’s onerous CAFE standards seem to have claimed yet another victim.
This would also be a perfect fit for our brave guys and gals on the border patrol. Police agencies in other parts of the world look and feel right at home in a T4.
I’m thinking competition makes things better for consumers, so with Jeep being so lonely at the top, the Blue Oval guys oughta get serious about bringing this tough little SUV stateside.