Ford Explores New Territory with Turbo
Motoring Channel Staff - 10/Feb/2006
Ford Territory Turbo
The interior of the range-topping Ford Territory Ghia Turbo
The 166kW Ford Focus XR5
Turbo will be priced at $36,000
The Focus XR5 Turbo's sporty Recaro seats
Only 300 of Ford's tough 190kW
XR6 Cab Chassis utes will be built
had an impressively large presence at the 2006 Melbourne Motor
Show (rivalled perhaps only by Toyota), showing off its new Focus
XR5, special edition utes, a new Fiesta Zetec and plenty more.
But the highlight of the Blue Oval's exhibit had to be the new Territory Turbo,
benefiting from the marque's impressive 245kW (328hp) turbocharged 4.0-litre
engine, and getting a few new touches inside and out.
bold hood scoop and twin exhaust pipes, the new Territory Turbo is one
of the worst-kept secrets in the Ford camp, yet is still an
undeniably exciting development.
"The turbo Territory project provided us with
many challenges, and the end result is a world class vehicle," said
Trevor Worthington, the vice president of product development, who
explained that it wasn't simply a case of bolting the XR6 Turbo's
motor into a Territory engine compartment.
"It was an extensive engineering project that involved a
lot more work than simply slotting an engine into a space under the
bonnet. Our engineers undertook a full development program to ensure
the total vehicle outcome based around the iconic turbo engine was
Ford explains, the development program has
resulted in unique engine and transmission calibrations, a unique DSC
calibration, a new exhaust system plus new 18-inch alloy
wheels and 235/55 R18 tyres on both models (Territory Turbo and
Territory Ghia Turbo). Extensive
thermal testing and subsequent engine modifications involving heating
and cooling performance comprised a large proportion of the testing
"The DSC calibration has been optimised to work in
conjunction with the 245kW turbo engine, and the all-wheel-drive system
with the 18-inch wheels and tyres," added Mr Worthington.
popular 4.0-litre DOHC DIVCT 6-cylinder turbo engine powers this new
model, and it was vital we had the very best 6-speed automatic
transmission available to ensure that it maintained a world class
pedigree," said Mr Worthington. "With 245kW and 480Nm available, there
was only one transmission we seriously considered – the proven ZF
two turbo Territory models feature a unique version of the ZF 6HP26
transmission, which has been specially designed for the turbo
all-wheel-drive application. A
unique transmission calibration makes optimum use of the turbo engine's
power and torque in both on and off road driving conditions. The
transmission oil cooler has also been upgraded, maintaining a 2300kg
maximum towing capacity.
Ford says that the turbo
Territory also features upgraded front brakes, complete with a
performance caliper and increased rotor size. This provides reliable and stable brake performance, and
increased thermal capacity, while the revised caliper package offers improved
pedal feel and modulation of pedal pressure under all braking events.
new model will be offered in two all-wheel-drive specification levels
– Territory Turbo, and the more luxuriously appointed Territory
Ghia Turbo. "Territory Turbo and Territory Ghia Turbo build on the many
fine attributes inherent in the original Territory and then adds
additional performance," said Ford Australia President, Tom Gorman. The
idea of a turbocharged, high performance SUV will no doubt be a boon
for the company, as interest in performance-oriented SUVs continues to
Territory Turbo offers much in the way of standard features, including:
245kW Turbo engine
Exterior visual enhancements including bonnet scoop and dual exhaust outlets
ZF Six Speed Automatic transmission with Sequential Sports Shift (SSS)
4-way power driver seat
18-inch alloy wheels
Over thirty storage compartments
Body colour bumpers
Territory Ghia Turbo offers the same features as found on the Territory Turbo model, but also adds the following as standard:
Colour TFT screen
Reverse Camera, operating in conjunction with a Reverse Sensing System
6-way power driver seat
Side curtain airbags
Premium ICC & audio system
Dual zone climate control
Ghia Turbo badge
elegant refined appearance of turbo Territory belies the true potency
of this impressive new vehicle," concluded Mr Gorman. Ford says that
the turbo Territory range will go on sale in mid 2006, with pricing and
further specification related details will be released closer to launch.
addition to the hoo-ha surrounding the new force-fed Territory SUV,
Ford came clean with pricing for its impressive-looking performance
Focus, dubbed the XR5 Turbo. Featuring a 2.5-litre inline 5-cylinder
engine developing 166kW of power and 320Nm of torque, the new Focus
will give Golf GTI buyers an alternative, particularly when it's priced
at $36,000, undercutting its rival by almost $4,000. Ford says it
should be in Australian dealerships by May.
Blue Oval's Australian President, Tom Gorman, announced the
pricing yesterday at the Melbourne International Motor Show: "Value for
money is a cornerstone of the Ford brand," stated Ford Australia
president Tom Gorman, "and the new German-engineered and built Focus
XR5 Turbo certainly lives up to that reputation, combining a high
performance turbocharged engine, slick 6-speed manual transmission and
razor sharp handling for under $36,000.
"This is a very exciting
day for Ford Australia, with the red hot Focus XR5 Turbo adding more
firepower to an already potent performance vehicle line-up. We all know
Focus is a quality product, with superb dynamics borne out of an
extensive sports programme via the gruelling World Rally Championship.
Our engineers have drawn on that experience and focussed it into a
vehicle destined to redefine the term hot hatch.
Turbo combines performance with practicality; offering usability and
versatility just as its siblings do, with additional power and
performance in tribute to its rally-bred origins," Mr Gorman said.
explains that the Focus chassis has been modified and stiffened for the
XR5 Turbo as well as being lowered by 25mm. Handling has been refined
through stiffening of the front and rear springs and larger diameter
anti-roll bars, and the brakes have been boosted to cope with the extra
Safety features include a rigid passenger cell, footwell
protection, collapsible steering column and pedals, side impact
protection door beams and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC). Passive
safety highlights include driver and front passenger airbags, side
curtain airbags and pyrotechnic belt pre-tensioners.
new Focus XR5 Turbo boasts futuristic-looking Recaro sports seats and a
unique additional instrument pod, displaying turbocharger boost
pressure (up to 1.2 bar), oil temperature and oil pressure. It also
features a Sony premium sound system with 6-stack in-dash CD player
and eight speakers.
Outside, the front bumper has been
emphasised to give the Focus XR5 Turbo a lowered look incorporating an
aggressive inverted-trapezoid lower grille. Flanking the top of the
lower grille, fog lamp openings are trimmed in brushed aluminium.
features on the Ford exhibit at the 2006 Melbourne Motor Show included
a special edition ute, of which just 300 units will be sold
- Falcon XR6 Cab Chassis. Due to go on sale in May, Ford says that
the positive public reaction to the then concept at the 2005
Sydney Motor Show earmarked it for future production.
special edition ute is designed to combine the practical capability of
a cab chassis with the stylish good looks of the XR, meaning customers
do not have to compromise looks for functionality. Ford explains that
the ute will be available as standard with half tonne XR sports
suspension and 17-inch XR alloy wheels. For those customers requiring a
heavier load capacity, a one tonne suspension option with one tonne
rated 16-inch alloy wheels is also available at no extra cost.
is supplied by Ford's Barra 4.0-litre 6-cylinder engine, which delivers
190kW of power @ 5250rpm and 383Nm of torque @ 2500rpm, and Ford says
that pricing and further specification information will be revealed
closer to the on sale date.
if turbocharged SUVs, red hot hatches and special edition utes don't
whet your automotive appetite, Ford also unveiled the new-look Fiesta
Zetec model, plus its refreshed Escape compact AWD, a new SR Falcon
sedan that includes a whopping $7000 worth of extras, new E-gas options
on Falcon and much more.