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.
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.