Update: 08/02/2011 – New Ford Territory Officially Unveiled.
While Ford attempts to drip feed the public, Brendan from FordForums has busted a new Ford Territory mule sans camouflage at a shopping centre.
Just as CarAdvice was getting prepared to post computer generated images of the next generation Territory, this mule has been spotted being driven in public with no covers.
As exclusively revealed by CarAdvice in July 2009, the 2011 Ford Territory will feature a 2.7-litre turbo-diesel V6 engine, as seen in the Land Rover Discovery3. The diesel engine is set to give the Territory the added fuel economy gains of a diesel engine, while also adding torque into the mix. The Territory is also significantly lighter than the Land Rover Discovery3, meaning added performance benefits.
New technology features such as bi-xenon headlights, voice control for the audio and an upgraded hill-descent-control may also be set for the new Territory with rumours surrounding Ford’s MyFord system being integrated into the next generation Territory and Ford Falcon FGII, which is also set for a mild makeover in 2011 with the addition of EcoBoost and EcoLPi.
These images show an all-new front end for the Territory and tail lights inspired by the Explorer, which was released to the public earlier this year.
The vehicle pictured appears to be an entry level variant of the Territory, with inside sources suggesting that high grade models will receive chrome trim around the rear and could possibly see LED daytime running lights to differentiate models throughout the range.
Ford Australia has been working on the diesel powered Territory for years, so it’s great to see the project finally coming to fruition.
Inside the cabin, circular air vents will replace rectangular vents used in the FG Falcon. The interior will also see chrome highlights, giving the Territory a more upmarket feel.
Offered alongside the Territory Diesel will also be Ford’s I6 powered engine and Ford’s well-matched six-speed ZF Sachs automatic gearbox.
Stay tuned as more information comes to hand.