Stylish re­vamp for pop­u­lar SUV

Ford’s suc­cess­ful Ter­ri­tory SUV has been re­vamped, ready for a new six-cylin­der turbo-diesel op­tion. DAVE MOORE has a look.

Kapi-Mana News - - MOTORING -

Ford Aus­tralia is re­main­ing coy about the ex­act me­chan­i­cal spec­i­fi­ca­tion for its re­designed Ter­ri­tory SUV, though it’s well-known that the up to seven-seater will now have a world class six­cylin­der diesel to call upon while most of its com­peti­tors only of­fer large dis­place­ment fours.

Ever since the first Ter­ri­tory was be­ing de­vel­oped, there have been mules (one-off ex­per­i­men­tals) us­ing the Jaguar/ Land Rover/ PSA group’s 2.7-litre tur­bod­iesel power unit, but it’s not un­til now with the model’s first gen­er­a­tion change that the lusty V6 has found it­self un­der the nose of an Aus­tralian pro­duc­tion car.

Like the other power units in the range, the four-litre tur­bocharged and nor­mally as­pi­rated in-line sixes, the 2.7-litre tur­bod­iesel will use the same sixspeed ZF au­to­matic trans­mis­sion em­ployed by the Fal­con sedan, which won’t have a diesel op­tion but which gets a new Eco­boost 2.0-litre turbo four later in the year.

The cov­ers have come off the Aus­tralian-de­signed-and­de­vel­oped SUV’s body de­sign and in­te­rior, both of which have un­der­gone ex­ten­sive re­mod­elling.

The new Ter­ri­tory wears an Ocker vari­a­tion on the Martin Smith-de­vel­oped Ford ki­netic de­sign lan­guage, though it re­tains de­sign ref­er­ences to its clean pre­vi­ous look.

A new trape­zoid-shaped main grille is one of the new Ter­ri­tory’s most no­tice­able up­dates. This larger, lower grille in a unique three-bar de­sign con­nects with the slim-line treat­ment given to the up­per grille open­ing, a fea­ture which sees the fa­mous Ford roundel now sur­rounded by a new winged struc­ture.

Slim­line head­lights with pro­jec­tor beams also fea­ture with the high-se­ries Ti­ta­nium vari­ant us­ing LED po­si­tion lamps in­te­grated into its front bumper.

The new Ter­ri­tory uses a sculpted new bon­net and sub­tle flutes for the front guards. Bold wheel lips em­pha­sise its ath­letic stance. A new C-pil­lar de­sign smooths the tran­si­tion from front to rear.

Resur­faced door cladding and a lower rocker mould­ing com­bine to give Ter­ri­tory a lower, ath­letic stance, while hor­i­zon­tal tail lights wrap around the rear of the ve­hi­cle to cre­ate a seam­less vis­ual link. Con­nect­ing them is a new rear lift-gate ap­plique.

Fin­ish­ing the new rear styling is a re­designed bumper and new lower-level valance panel.

In­side, the pop­u­lar SUV has also evolved, with a new in­stru­ment panel fea­tur­ing an eight­inch touch screen and new func­tional stor­age so­lu­tions.

A new four-spoke steer­ing wheel of­fers fin­ger-tip con­trols for au­dio and cruise con­trol func­tions.

Spe­cially se­lected ma­te­ri­als and colours bring the new Ter­ri­tory’s ex­te­rior de­sign in­side.

For ex­am­ple, high-gloss spears adorn the cen­tre con­sole in the Ter­ri­tory Ti­ta­nium and con­nect the front of the in­te­rior with the mid­dle seat row.

Spears of a sim­i­lar de­sign also fea­ture on the new in­stru­ment panel.

It’s com­ing: Ford’s turbo-diesel Ter­ri­tory.

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