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The Brazil-only Troller T4 looks completely excellent

Wait, why don’t we get this Ford-owned 4x4 in the UK?

Published: 24 Oct 2019

Right, pre-warning, we’re about to shamelessly throw a 250-word hissy fit like spoilt kids that didn’t get a Colin the Caterpillar cake on their birthday. The reason for said tantrum is as follows…

Since 2007, Ford has owned a manufacturer in Brazil called Troller Veículos Especiais, or Troller for short. Unless you’re a Brazilian, or a follower of the Dakar Rally, you may not have heard of Troller, but the company is best known for its go-anywhere 4x4 – the T4 – which has been around in different forms for over two decades.

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In late 2018, Ford unveiled the new T4 based on a shortened version of the Ranger’s platform, and it has recently followed that up with a styling update for 2020, which brings with it some fantastic colours and new, darker exterior plastics. 

Look at it! Yes, the T4 may bare some resemblance to other rugged 4x4s, but it’s everything we want our SUVs to look like. And that’s precisely the problem – we want Ford to offer this thing over here in the UK.

We say this having never driven one, never experienced those interior plastics and with the full knowledge that the numbers almost definitely won’t make sense – but who really cares about those minor details?

Under the bonnet is a 3.2-litre turbo diesel engine putting out 197bhp and 347lb ft of torque. It’s connected to a simple, six-speed manual gearbox and a switchable 4WD system with both low and high-range modes, and there’s even a locking rear-differential.

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All of this sounds fantastic and, combined with those looks, we’re completely sold on the Troller. Come on Ford, do the honourable thing…

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