The Ford Troller TX4 is the Ranger Raptor of tiny SUVs you’ve been waiting for

In today’s episode of cars we won’t likely get, but desperately want, we bring you the Ford Troller TX4; an off-road weapon just revealed for the Brazillian market.

Think of its as the blueprint for the incoming Bronco, the Troller is a body-on-frame SUV built on a shortened version of the Ranger platform, and it’s tough enough to make Suzuki’s Jimny tremble in fear.  

“It is a radical and unique off-roader, made to expand the range of consumers of the brand,” says Ford Brazil’s marketing manager, Demétrio Fleck.

Radical is right. Under the bonnet lives Ford’s Duratorq 3.2-litre five-cylinder diesel, producing 150kW and 470Nm (plenty for a car this size), feeding that power to all four wheels (with 4WD low and high settings) via a six-speed automatic borrowed from the Ranger.

But the fun doesn’t stop there, with the TX4 adding a heap of off-road kit as standard, like the snorkel, 17-inch wheels wrapped in Pirelli Scorpion rubber, steel bumpers front and rear, a locking rear diff and Hella LED lights. Inside, you get a JBL command centre controlled through a 6.7-inch screen that’s both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto equipped.

Designed and developed by Ford in Brazil, the Troller TX4 is a left-hand-drive only proposition. But it doesn’t take much imagination to see the Troller as a preview to the incoming Bronco, given it, too, is being spun off the Aussie-developed T6 Ranger architecture.

More bad news? The Bronco is not currently on the cards for Australia either.

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February 4, 2020 9:03 am Published by