Ford introduces Defender/Wrangler fighter for BrazilTue, 03 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0700
Ford introduced a spiritual successor to the universally loved Bronco in Brazil this week. The styling is based on the 2012 Troller R-X Concept. Ford bought the Brazilian off-road manufacturer in January 2007.
The Troller looks like a mix between a Land Rover Defender, a Jeep Wrangler and Suzuki Samurai. It gets a mesh front grille, LED taillights and contrasting plastic cladding in all the right places. “London Grey” is the fitting name of the exterior color.
According to reports, the Troller gets a 3.2-liter diesel engine mated to a six-speed manual. Ford didn't reveal the full specs, though.
The Troller also has heavy-duty Dana axles for off-road work, along with a sway-bar disconnect feature and 17-inch wheels. The air intake is prepared for a snorkel to improve wading depth.
We could see this car, which isn't coming to North America, competing against the new breed of Jeep, and it could sate those itching for a Defender on American soil.
C'mon, Ford, ship a few here to see how they do.
By Jake Lingeman