Ford Bronco? No, it's the Troller T4 Trail

This back-to-basics SUV is a product of the Blue Oval's South American off-road sub-brand.

Chris Paukert Former executive editor / Cars
Following stints in TV news production and as a record company publicist, Chris spent most of his career in automotive publishing. Mentored by Automobile Magazine founder David E. Davis Jr., Paukert succeeded Davis as editor-in-chief of Winding Road, a pioneering e-mag, before serving as Autoblog's executive editor from 2008 to 2015. Chris is a Webby and Telly award-winning video producer and has served on the jury of the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards. He joined the CNET team in 2015, bringing a small cache of odd, underappreciated cars with him.
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Troller T4 Trail

Ford of Brazil's new Troller T4 Trail looks ready for the rough stuff.

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If you've been waiting for the long-anticipated Ford Bronco SUV revival, well, you've still got some time to kill. Instead of sitting with idle hands, why not check out the 2019 Troller T4 Trail, an even-more-capable version of Ford of Brazil's two-door off-roader. 

Priced from the equivalent of just under $38,000, this new T4 Trail version packs a brace of accessories designed to help the Troller go even further off the beaten path. 

Accessories include beefier off-road bumpers with steel ends and a winch mount. These chunky-looking matte gray pieces add protection to the front and rear ends of the SUV. Their geometric quality is echoed in a set of large fender flares and rocker guards. 

The composite-bodied Troller T4 Trail also comes with steel skid plates front and rear and a snorkel for improved water-fording and dust-mitigation capability.

Troller T4 Trail is Ford of Brazil's answer to the Jeep Wrangler

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The T4 Trail comes equipped with Ford's 3.2-liter Duratorq diesel five-cylinder, paired with a six-speed manual gearbox and standard four-wheel drive. The powerplant is good for 200 horsepower and a self-locking rear differential. (The automaker isn't calling out how much torque the engine produces, but for comparison's sake, the 3.2-liter Powerstroke five-cylinder in the Ford Transit generates a nice, round 350 pound-feet.)

If you're confused about this truck's branding, know that Troller is a formerly independent SUV marque absorbed by Ford of Brazil a bit over a decade ago. This second-generation Troller T4 first hit South American roads in 2014, and it hasn't changed much since.

If you're hoping this Jeep Wrangler competitor will give us a good look at the upcoming Ford Ranger SUV that's due for 2020, well, keep dreaming. The two likely have nothing in common but a focus on rugged good-looks and off-road performance. As the T4 likely couldn't pass regulatory hurdles for crash and emissions in America, maybe we should be relieved by that, but the truth is, this hardcore, back-to-basics SUV is so endearing that we wouldn't mind seeing it on US roads.