|Assembly||Campbellfield, Victoria, Australia|
|Engine(s)||Barra 4.0L I6 DOHC |
|Wheelbase||2842 mm (111.9 in)|
|Length||4856 mm (191.2 in)|
|Width||1898 mm (74.7 in)|
|Height||1714 mm (67.5 in)|
|Curb weight||2015 kg (4442 lb)-2045 kg (4508 lb)|
The Ford Territory is a crossover SUV built by Ford Australia and based on the EA169 platform of the Ford BA Falcon. It was released in April 2004. Its code name inside Ford was E265. It won the 2004 Wheels Car of the Year award, the reviewers praising car-like handling and practicality as reasons for its win. Ford had reportedly spent A$500 million on developing the range over four years. It is built on the same production line as the Australian-made Falcon. While many suspected that it would replace the Falcon wagon, the two actually co-exist together because the Territory is bought mainly by private buyers, the Falcon wagon by fleets.
A basic rear wheel drive model is offered with an all wheel drive variant, either in the basic TX trim or the more luxurious TS and Ghia models that feature extra appointments. A DVD player is available as an option on all models. The Ford Territory offers as standard on the TS and Ghia, and optional on the base TX model, side curtain airbags, which were a first for an Australian made car.
Options of five seats (in two rows) or seven seats (in three rows) are available. The rows of seats are arranged in a "theatre style", with the back row highest. They fold down smoothly into the floor.
Australian and New Zealand models are slightly different visually: all models sold in New Zealand have body-colour bumpers and alloy wheels, including the base model. Front light detail resembles that of jewellery in a black box. In New Zealand, the only rear wheel drive model is the base version and all other models have all wheel drive; while in Australia, all models are available with either rear wheel drive or all wheel drive.
Appearance-wise, the Territory resembles the Ford Taurus X sold in North America. Both cars have similar styling cues -- it was this that sold the Territory to Ford executives at the head office in Dearborn, Michigan. Simon Butterworth, who was behind the Ford Falcon facelift of 2003, styled the Territory but had worked with his American counterpart, J Mays, in working in the global Ford "DNA". Marcus Hotblack worked on the Territory's interior, with a Swiss army knife as a metaphor. Consequently, the car has touches such as flexible cupholders and a handbag holder to the side of the seat for female drivers, recognizing that many SUV buyers are women.
South African sales for the Territory began in 2005. Exports to Thailand began in 2006, with the Thai model being offered only in AWD Ghia trim.
An updated SY model arrived in October 2005, bringing with it a ZF six-speed automatic transmission on all AWD models and an increase in power to 190 kW (255 hp). The model also comes with a Rear Parking Camera (optional on the TS and standard on the Ghia), another first for an Australian made vehicle.
Ford Australia introduced a turbo variant of the base engine, in mid 2006. The addition of the turbo boosted the engine performance to 245 kW (329 hp) and 480 N·m (350 ft·lbf) of torque.
An enhanced version of the Ford Territory was introduced by Ford Performance Vehicles in January 2008 as the FPV F6X. It is fitted with the same 270 kW turbo-charged engine as the FPV F6 and accelerates from 0 to 100kph in 5.9secs. The F6X is only available with Four-wheel drive and is equipped with the ZF 6 speed automatic gearbox as fitted to the Ford FG Falcon.
Ford Territory Turbo by CV Performance
- Winner, New Zealand Automobile Association 'AA Motoring Excellence Supreme Award' (Ford SY Territory) in 2006
- Winner, New Zealand Automobile Association 'AA Motoring Excellence Award' (Ford Territory TX AWD) in 2005
- Winner, Society of Automotive Engineers - Australasia 'Automotive Engineering Excellence Awards' in 2005
- Winner, Australia's Best Cars (Territory GHIA AWD - Best Recreational 4WD) in 2005
- Winner, Wheels Automotive Design Award (WADA) - Best Interior, 2005
- Winner, Australia's Best Recreational Four Wheel Drive (Territory TX AWD) in 2004
- Winner, Wheels Car of the Year, 2004
- Winner, Australian Design Award, 2004
- Winner, Australia's Best Cars (Territory TX AWD - Best Recreational 4WD) in 2004
- Winner, News Limited 'Star Car' Award.
- Winner, Courier Mail (Queensland) COTY Outstanding Family Car (Territory RWD)
- Winner, Courier Mail (Queensland) COTY Outstanding Recreational Vehicle (Territory AWD)
- "First Drive: Ford’s super-Territory 4WD". Drive. 2008-01-31. http://www.drive.com.au/Editorial/ArticleDetail.aspx?ArticleID=47947. Retrieved on 2008-02-12.
- Ford press release published at Autoweb
- Ford Australia website with information about the Territory
- Ford Thailand Territory website
- Australia's Best Cars website
- FPV website
Ford Motor Company of Australia, automobile timeline, 1980s–present
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