Ford Territory MkII
Motoring Channel Staff - 27/February/2009
Ford Territory MkII
Priced from under $40,000, the new MkII
Ford Territory gets a new look, inside and out
The bright purple colour is very loud
Ford's new Territory was launched at the
2009 Melbourne International Motor Show
– One of Ford's major unveilings at the 2009 Melbourne International Motor Show was the Territory MkII.
a facelifted model, the new Territory MkII benefits from a new exterior
look and update interiors, plus a range of equipment upgrades all of
which are expected to increase interest in the SUV.
Priced from $39,490, all models are still powered by Ford's highly-lauded 4.0-litre inline
6-cylinder engine, which outputs 190kW @ 5250rpm and 383Nm of torque @
is currently testing a diesel-powered Territory, likely to be a 2.7- or
3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel, but such powertrains were not released at
the Melbourne Motor Show.
The diesel Territory is expected to arrive when the all-new second generation Territory launches later in 2010.
Ford showed two new Territory models at the Melbourne Motor Show, a Territory Ghia AWD and a Territory TS RWD.
As Ford explained, some of the design changes include an all-new bonnet, with a complementary
new front bumper, upper and lower grilles, new headlamps and a new fog
Territory's bumpers are now body coloured for a more integrated look
and the door cladding and door handles are the same colour as the
body work now.
There's new chrome belt moulding, revised tail lamps and
body coloured exterior mirrors round out the changes.
If you opt for the luxury models, the
Ghia and Ghia Turbo models, you'll also get a new fender feature, turn
indicators integrated into the side mirrors, side steps and privacy
glass on rear passenger, rear side and tailgate windows.
wheels are now standard on Territory TX models, while new design alloy
wheels will feature across the rest of the Territory range. Fog lamps
have also been added as standard equipment on TS models with the advent of the MkII range.
Territory has been an outstanding success for Ford since it was
launched in 2004, achieving both sales success and critical acclaim
over the past four and a half years, with more than 86,000 customers to
date and a multitude of consumer and industry awards," said Ford
Australia's CEO Marin Burela.
"Territory has proven immensely
popular with Australian consumers, who love its car-like handling,
spacious and flexible interior, stylish design and high levels of
"The new look SY Territory MkII builds on all
these great attributes, while taking the next step in its evolution
with a revised exterior design, fresh interior appointments and a host
of new equipment."
Ford has changed the model range, which now
consists of the TX, TS and Ghia models, in rear-wheel drive (RWD) and
all-wheel drive (AWD) configurations, along with the Ghia Turbo AWD.
The Territory Turbo model has been scrapped, but the lurid colour
schemes haven't. See the purple Ghia Turbo for evidence.
interior of the new Territory has also received a significant
freshening, with new seat materials, colour finishes and trim
highlights on all models, along with the choice of two new interior
environments on TS and Ghia.
The list of new items extends to the
seat materials, Interior Command Centre (ICC) finishes, instrument
panel spear colours and a new Shadow interior environment colour on all
Ford explained that the Territory TS and Ghia models can
also be fitted with a Cashmere interior environment as a no cost
option, which extends the elegant, high-end neutral interior tone to
Territory following its introduction on FG Falcon last year.
steering wheel buttons are another new touch for the MkII Territory and
will be fitted as standard on TS, Ghia and Ghia Turbo models.
Together with the interior and exterior revisions, Ford has improved the standard features list which it says will deliver a compelling value-for-money proposition for customers.
It will also ensure the Territory is a more competitive rival to class leaders like the Toyota Kluger.
entry-level Territory TX model now comes standard with side curtain
airbags, cruise control, 17-inch alloy wheels and a full body colour
package for the bumpers, door handles and mirrors.
Territory TS models are also fitted with the full body colour package,
along with a reverse parking camera, front fog lamps, leather-wrapped
steering wheel, handbrake and gearshift, and a third row seat as
Ghia models also gain a third row seat as standard
equipment, along with an Alpine rear DVD system, side steps, rear
privacy glass and 18-inch alloy wheels, while the Ghia Turbo picks up
the same list of additions and a new 18-inch alloy wheel design.
Ford supremo Marin Burela pointed out that the Territory is only Australian-made SUV, one that is "...designed, engineered and built in Australia for Australian lifestyles and conditions."
extensive list of design, feature and equipment changes on the new look
SY Territory MkII will ensure it remains a great value SUV package that
can meet the needs of Australian consumers and serve as an ideal
lifestyle vehicle," concluded Mr Burela.
Pricing for the new Ford Territory MkII is as follows:
Territory TX RWD 4-speed auto $39,490
Territory TS RWD 4-speed auto $44,490
Territory Ghia RWD 4-speed auto $52,490
Territory TX AWD 6-speed auto $44,490
Territory TS AWD 6-speed auto $49,490
Territory Ghia AWD 6-speed auto $57,490
Territory Ghia Turbo AWD 6-speed auto $66,420
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