Currently one of the oldest vehicle in Ford’s line-up (cosmetically and mechanically), the Ford Territory is certainly getting long in the tooth.
Despite its age, Ford still sells over 800 Territorys per month, indicating a considerable market demand for the SUV.
That’s why we bring news of the next generation Ford Territory. While it won’t undergo radical changes, the new Ford Territory will receive the latest FG series of engines, upgrading its current 190kW engine to the 195kW unit, in addition to the turbocharged Territory receiving the hot 270kW engine from the current FG XR6 Turbo.
The Territory will also be released with a six-speed ZF Sachs automatic transmission as standard.
Ford is expected to release details about the next generation Territory at the Sydney Motor Show in October this year, with the car becoming available for sale early in 2011. Our inside source suggests third party supplier delays have pushed the Territory’s release date through to until at least March, 2011.
Our sources suggest the front end sheet metal will change, including the headlights, bumper and bonnet. The rear end will also alter slightly with rear bumper and rear sheet metal changes.
Our spy photos confirm that third party suppliers have delayed the supply of rear three quarter panels, with this test mule only receiving half of its intended camouflage.
Visible clearly from the photos is an FG style light cluster and revised intake area. The test vehicle pictured is the turbo diesel variant, set to use Land Rover’s outgoing 2.7-litre turbo diesel V6 engine, as exclusively revealed by CarAdvice last year.
Also exclusively revealed by CarAdvice last year was the FG interior, as seen attached to a recently spotted Territory diesel test mule.
CarAdvice will keep you posted with any developments that come to hand. The future is bright for Ford, but the constant delays are a poor sign for the Australian manufacturer.