After announcing plans to introduce a 2.0-litre four-cylinder variant of Ford's global EcoBoost engine in the locally built Falcon, Ford has been busted testing the Ford Territory with the same 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine.
The 2.0-litre four-cylinder EcoBoost engine is expected to produce upwards of 185kW, in addition to 350Nm of torque. The engine features Twin-Independent Variable Cam Timing (Ti-VCT) and a turbocharger to extract the most from the engine, giving it V6 power credentials with four-cylinder fuel economy.
Placing the engine in the Territory is a logical move to further supplement the Territory range in the years to come. Once finalised, Ford will offer the Territory with a variant of Land Rover's 2.7-litre twin-turbocharged diesel engine (as exclusively revealed by CarAdvice), in addition to a Euro IV compliant 4.0-litre I6 engine.
When asked about the plans to introduce an EcoBoost engine in the Ford Territory, Acting Ford Communications Manager, Todd Nissen told CarAdvice:
The 2.0-litre direct-injection turbocharged EcoBoost engine will be added to Falcon range in 2011, as the first global application of Ford's advanced 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine in a rear-wheel drive vehicle.There are no plans at this point to introduce the EcoBoost engine in Territory. Territory will receive a clean diesel version of Ford 2.7-litre turbocharged V6 engine in 2011.
Mr Nissen was further quizzed about whether Ford was testing the EcoBoost engine in the Territory for possible future use, he said:
I can't go into what future engine/product combinations we're testing.
Further to the news about the EcoBoost being tested in the 2011 Ford Territory, these spy photos also revealed a rehashed front end for the ageing Australian SUV. The photos reveal the use of halogen projector headlights, with upper models predictably picking up High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights.
As mentioned in our recent article about the 2011 Ford Territory, suppliers for components of the rear end have delayed the testing of full production vehicles. The issue is expected to be resolved in time for the vehicle's release in early 2011. Ford are expected to show the vehicle at this year's Sydney International Motor Show.