2019 Troller T4 Trail is Ford’s Off-Road Brazilian Beast
It’s the latest and greatest piece of forbidden fruit for Americans.
Have you ever been infatuated with a Ford product that wasn’t offered in our country? This affliction is common in America, where Blue Oval diehards are constantly reminded of all the global Ford vehicles they’ll never be able to call their own. The most lust-worthy Ford product just might be the Troller T4. The Brazilian off-roader, from Ford of Brazil, instantly brings to mind the Ford Bronco, which has been confirmed for release in 2020 but has not been officially revealed. And with this latest update the Troller looks better than ever.
According to a new report from CNET’s Road/Show, the 2019 Troller T4 Trail is the latest iteration of a model that Ford’s South American sub-brand introduced in 2014. The formerly independent company developed a shortened variant of the T6 platform for the second generation T4, which is the same architecture that Ford uses in the contemporary Ranger. The T4’s newest trim adds equipment designed to make the Troller more appealing to customers who frequently take their vehicles off-road.
The T4 Trail comes standard with Ford’s 3.2 liter Duratorq five cylinder turbodiesel. An updated version of that engine (dubbed “Power Stroke” in America) is optional on the 2019 Transit van, where it produces 185 horsepower and 350 Ib-ft of torque. The T4 Trail will arrive with an additional 12 horsepower under its hood, but Ford failed to disclose the official torque number, so it’s safe to assume that it will fall somewhere within the realm of the Transit’s output. A six-speed manual is the only transmission offered, and an electronic four-wheel drive system paired with a self-locking rear differential is also standard.
To give the T4 Trail even more off-road credibility, Troller threw in a bunch of useful accessories and equipment. The revised bumpers improve the approach and departure angles, and the front bumper comes with tow hooks and is prepped for winch installation. A snorkel designed to help the Troller forge water and navigate dusty environments is also included, and the undercarriage is fitted with steel skid plates front and back.
While buyers are limited to matte grey body cladding along the rocker panels, wheel arches, front and rear fenders, tailgate, and roof, nine colors are available for everywhere else. They include Diamond White, Arizona Red, Dakar Yellow, Mendoza Black, Frost Silver, Maresias Blue, Moscow Grey, and Red Tuscany.
Pricing for the T4 Trail starts at about $38,000 with current conversion rates. In America that amount of coin can just about buy you a two-door Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4X4. And that right there is the problem, isn’t it? The Troller T4 Trail is the closest thing we have to a modern Bronco right now. But the future looks bright. Details are still scarce, but it looks like the 2021 Bronco will be every bit as configurable and capable as the Troller.
It’s also important to recognize that the Troller contributes to increased economies of scale for anything related to it, which in this case is the global Ford Ranger. So, there’s no reason for Americans to feel resentful for the lack of Troller in their lives. In fact, they should wish the brand well.