The last ever version of Australia’s only locally built SUV, the 2015 Ford Territory, has been revealed officially.
Among the subtle styling tweaks, the main changes for the 2015 Ford Territory include a less cluttered central hexagonal grille that breaks its link with the EcoSport baby SUV and ties it closer to the new Falcon that also goes on sale in November.
The slimline upper grille also drops from two chrome bars to one and there’s a C-shaped profile to the revised foglights. No official pictures of the rear have been released yet, though the previous images obtained by CarAdvice suggested barely any changes.
Ford Australia’s exterior design manager, Nima Nourian, said customers had wanted a “a new level of visual appeal”.
“For 2014 the Territory gains a more robust yet refined design and you won’t mistake it for anything but a Territory,” he said. “Visually the surfacing is more architectural and achieves a very cohesive and sophisticated look.”
The Territory had a significant update in 2011 with a styling facelift and new turbo diesel engine option, though the changes this time are fewer with the 2015 model set for less than two years on sale when Ford closes its Australian manufacturing operations in October 2016.
Its dimensions of 4.8 metres long, 1.9m wide and 1.7m high remain unchanged, with the base TX again available with five seats as standard and TS and Titanium models standard with seven seats.
Rear-wheel or all-wheel drive models will also continue, as will the choice of engines between the locally made 4.0-litre inline six-cylinder and Land Rover-sourced 2.7-litre V6 turbo diesel.
Ford Australia will announce some efficiency gains for the engines powering both the Falcon and Territory later this year.
Ford Australia says it has sold more than 155,000 Territorys since the model was launched in 2004. The company hasn’t ruled out retaining the popular Territory nameplate for the new Ford Edge SUV that effectively replaces it for 2017 despite being a five-seater only, while a seven-seater SUV will become available before then in the form of the Ranger-based Everest.