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Update: 2011 Ford Territory Review.

We’ve all seen the spy photos and speculated all that we could about what the blue oval had done with the new Territory, but finally, here it is. The all-new Ford Territory.

Styled with Ford’s new Kinetic design philosophy in mind, the new Territory is arguably the best looking SUV made in Australia, of course that’s not a hard task, given it’s the only one.

Even still, upon first glance it’s very difficult to fault Ford’s design team for anything.

The exterior exudes sophistication of a whole new level from Ford Australia and may be a sign of things to come with future products.

Ford’s exterior design boss, Todd Willing, told CarAdvice that three designs made it to the final cut before the “capable sophistication” design got the nod of approval. The idea behind the design was to keep the soul of the old Ford Territory but modernize it to an extent that will see it stand the test of time.

From the front the tri-plane design is a little bit Aston Martin like but certainly fits the Territory’s new design philosophy. The bonnet is now far more masculine thanks to a modest bulge and surface sculpting.

Looking at it side-on you will easily be able to tell this is a Territory as it still very much maintains the same exterior dimensions as the outgoing model. Using what Ford calls guard flutes the Territory gains a more unique profile.

As for the rear, Ford has eloquently faded the rear three-quarters and the boot together with the use of glass across the rear.

There are three variants, Ford Territory TX, TS and Titanium (replacing Ghia). The base model comes with 17” alloy wheels and projector headlamps, the TS gains sportier wheels and the smaller upper grill gains a more upmarket look with chrome inserts.

As for the range topping Titanium, it gets the whole kit with 18” alloy wheels specially made for the Territory and lots of highlights around the cabin (full details at the end of article).

Sitting inside the interior of the new Ford Territory is very much inspired by the FG Falcon. Except that it looks better. Ford’s designers said the idea was to go for a family look, so that someone getting out of a Falcon and in to a Territory would feel straight at home. There is a gigantic 8-inch LCD touch screen (mid-top range only) that sits right in the middle and takes care of audio and other controls. From the three vehicles that Ford showed us, we can report that the a reversing camera is available across the range (we suspect it will be standard). However, Ford is yet to officially confirm full specification levels.

There is use of soft touch plastics on the doors and anywhere you can rest your arm on, but the dashboard makes do with hard plastics. Ford’s interior design chief, Scott Ferrier, told CarAdvice that the money that would’ve been spent to make the dashboard soft-touch plastic was put to better use around the interior.

There is great use of space with an out-of-sight holder specifically designed for your iPod/iPhone/Mobile. Storage areas are secured around the cabin and using a tambour door the main storage area underneath the centre console (which also houses a tissue box holder) is well designed.

The seats are soft and comfortable and there is just as much room in the cabin as in the previous model.

Ford revealed little about the powerplant options except that it will be offered with petrol and diesel. Ford did confirm that the diesel engine will be available across the whole range but only as an automatic (no manual in Territory at all).

In fact, it will also be available as a diesel rear-wheel drive. Which will be the only rear-wheel drive diesel SUV available in the non-premium segment.

There was no opportunity to drive the vehicle but check back later tonight for more news on the Territory as we bring you more stories.

Ford will release details of the engine and specifications on the 9th of March with the actual vehicle launch in April.

Check out the pictures at the end of the article.

Model-by-model exterior designs
– TX (model series entry)
– Front upper grille: Moulded black
– Front upper grille Finisher: Painted black
– Front lower grille: Moulded black
– Front lower grille Finisher: Satin Chrome (E-Plate)
– Front lamp inner bezel: Satin Chrome (E-Plate)
– Front skid plate: Moulded black
– Wheels: 17-inch alloys painted Alpine Silver
– Fender feature: Moulded black surround and inner bezel with directional indicator
– Beltline moulding: High chrome
– Rear skid plate: Moulded black
– Lower bumper garnish inserts: Painted black

– TS (mid-series model)
– Front upper grille: Moulded black
– Front upper grille finisher: Painted Satin Alloy
– Front lower grille: Moulded black
– Front lower grille Finisher: Satin Chrome (E-Plate)
– Front fog lamp inner bezels: High chrome
– Front skid plate: Painted Satin Alloy
– Wheels: 18-inch alloys with painted and machined face
– Fender feature: Moulded black surround and inner bezel with directional indicator
– Beltline moulding: High chrome
– Rear skid plate: Painted Satin Alloy
– Lower bumper garnish inserts: Painted black

– Titanium (high-series model)
– Front upper grille: Moulded black
– Front upper grille Finisher: High Chrome
– Front lower grille: Moulded black
– Front lower grille finisher: High Chrome
– Front position lamp Inner Bezels: High Chrome with LED light bar
– Front skid plate: Painted Satin Alloy
– Wheels: 18-inch alloys in a unique design with accent colour and machined face
– Fender feature: Painted body-colour surround, moulded black inner bezel, High Chrome spear
– Beltline Moulding: High Chrome
– Exterior rear-view mirrors: Integrated LED directional indicator
– Rear skid plate: Painted Satin Alloy
– Lower bumper garnish inserts: High Chrome

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