Posted Oct 27th 2012 2:01PM
Until Ford bought it in 2007, Troller was an independent Brazilian brand that made the T4 and the Pantanal pickup. The T4, still in production, looks like a Jeep Wrangler hooked up with an old Ssangyong Korando and a snorkel. With Ford blood coursing through its design offices, the TR-X concept shown off at the São Paulo Auto Show looks like a Wrangler hooked up with an old Bronco and Toyota FJ Cruiser behind one of the booths at SEMA.
The TR-X is said to symbolize the essence of Toller, and while it hasn't been approved for production, we have a feeling that an appropriate response from the Brazilian public could give it a chance of seeing daylight. There's a press release below, as well as a couple of high-res photos.
News Source: Troller
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TR-X Concept vehicle
Created in Ford Brazil's Design Center, the Troller TR-X concept vehicle's muscular shape conveys its strength to endure any type of terrain with style and determination. The concept vehicle has higher, longer bumpers which are perfectly integrated into the vehicle's body. The hood, which features a raised central feature, conveys strength and virility. The front grill's unique design is composed of different line patterns which contrast with the fiberglass body's clean lines.
LED head lamps and tail lamps reflect the new, modern design. The TR-X's flat green color evokes a connection with nature, which is the Troller's native environment.
"We were trying to create a concept that symbolized the essence of Troller. It is a brand that is known for its tradition in the offroad world with the T4. We've replicated Troller DNA in the TR-X in this robust and stylish design,'' said João Marcos Ramos, Ford Brazil's Chief Designer.
The 2013 Troller T4 offers top performance with low emissions. It is powered by a 3.2-liter variable geometry turbocharged engine and offers maximum torque even at low rpm. The 165-horsepower motor generates 380 Nm of maximum torque and guarantees power to overcome any off-road obstacles. The engine uses EGR technology to reduce the amount of emissions through a catalytic particulate filter system and eliminates the need for additives.
It sports a new color scheme for the bumpers and front grill, which are now available in gray, silver or the same color as the folding top. Its strong composite body is rustproof and ensures durability in off-road terrain and streams.
The snorkel and steel skidplates now come standard in the 2013 model. The T4's snorkel allows it to wade through depths up to 800 mm and protects the motor against eventual waves. The Troller T4 offers three types of traction: 4x2, 4x4 low and 4x4 high to endure any type of terrain.
Troller is a local Brazilian brand which produces the jeep T4 for a niche off-road market. Troller vehicles are designed and made in northeastern Brazil. The brand was created in 1997 and became part of Ford in 2007.