I'm sure many of you will be aware by now of the new Ford Bronco, set to debut this spring and challenge the Jeep Wrangler and the Jeep Wrangler Limited in the class of rugged yet useable SUVs. What you may not know though, unless you live in South America, is that Ford have already been producing a Wrangler rival for years and that too has just got a refresh for 2020.
The Ford Troller isn't even close to being a new model for Ford. It's not even one of their most obscure. It's actually one of Ford's biggest selling vehicles in Brazil and it's been the best selling SUV out of all of them in Brazil for years. So why does it deserve a bit of merit now outside of its home market? Because it now has a new TX4 trim and, at least on paper, it looks like a pretty good deal for anyone who wants a rugged and dependable yet also comfortable and fully useable SUV.
The Troller TX4 comes as standard with a 3.2 litre inline 5 turbodiesel mated to a 6 speed automatic gearbox that produces 200 hp and (more crucially) almost 350 lb-ft of torque that's fully avaliable as low as 1750 rpm. This makes the rugged little SUV a bit of a torque monster, something that's definitely very helpful when the going gets rough. It's also got a two speed transfer case and live front and rear axles, something which further adds to the utilitarian feel that Wrangler owners covet in their back-to-basics SUVs.
That's not it when it comes to the off-road cred though. The rear differential is electronically lockable and it comes from the factory with a snorkel intake, exposed steel bumpers, auxiliary lights and Pirelli Scorpion MTR offroad tyres. That's some very serious levels of kit indeed! Clearly Ford aren't playing around when it comes to this South American model.
The inside of the Troller TX4 may look very simple and straightforward, but it does have modern creature comforts. It comes with dual zone climate control and, much like Ford's American and European models, it comes with a modern infotainment system that includes compatibility with Apple Car Play and Android Auto. It may be quite utilitarian, but it's definitely something you could comfortably use as an everyday driver with no issues at all.
So, how much does this all cost? The Ford Troller TX4 will retail in Brazil for 167,500 Brazillian Real. That's about $39,400 for the rest of us. Honestly, that's not a bad deal at all! Whilst it's not as stonkingly cheap as something like a Dacia Duster, it would definitely be a lot more capable off-road. Whilst we will likely never get the Troller anywhere outside of somewhere like Brazil, the rest of us (hopefully) will get the reborn Bronco and that should be an absolutely fantastic workhorse SUV.
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