Ford stakes Ter­ri­tory

Head of­fice gives the all-Aussie soft­roader a fu­ture of at least five years, writes PAUL GOVER

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THE trou­bled Ford Ter­ri­tory fi­nally has a firm fu­ture. The all-Aus­tralian SUV is hav­ing a facelift and will even­tu­ally be up­graded with two new en­gines — the petrol V6 that is be­ing in­stalled in the FG Fal­con from 2010 and a diesel.

The news comes from the top at the Ford Mo­tor Com­pany: global pres­i­dent Alan Mu­lally.

‘‘Well, we’re work­ing on a facelift for the Ter­ri­tory as we speak,’’ Mu­lally says dur­ing a Mel­bourne brief­ing on ev­ery­thing in the Blue Oval world.

‘‘I think you al­ready know we’re work­ing on diesel en­gines for the Ter­ri­tory. So we have the Ter­ri­tory in our cy­cle plan.’’ The facelifted SUV should be in show­rooms be­fore the end of next year af­ter the up­dat­ing of the Fal­con into the lat­est FG.

The changes will be based on the FG work, though Ford is not giv­ing de­tails, and it will in­clude the first big body al­ter­ations since the Ter­ri­tory was in­tro­duced. The en­gine work will come later but it will get the Ter­ri­tory on to the same page as the Fal­con and should also give it the diesel boost it needs to match other win­ners in the SUV class.

Ter­ri­tory sales have been af­fected by the same down­turn that has stripped thou­sands of cars from the Fal­con to­tal, lead­ing some peo­ple to ques­tion the ve­hi­cle’s fu­ture.

But Mu­lally says Ford is com­mit­ted to the Ter­ri­tory — at least for the next five years.

‘‘It’s been a great prod­uct for Ford Aus­tralia. It shows the in­ge­nu­ity of the team here and we’re still com­mit­ted to it,’’ he says.

‘‘We’re com­mit­ted to the Ter­ri­tory through the busi­ness plan pe­riod and our busi­ness plan­ning arises in about five years. So we’ve com­mit­ted to Ter­ri­tory through five years.’’

New life: good things are around the cor­ner for the dated Ford Ter­ri­tory.

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