Ford Australia unveils new 2011 Ford Territory

Ford Australia unveils new 2011 Ford Territory

After a lengthy development programme Ford Australia has pulled the covers off its new look Ford Territory.

The Australian-designed-and-developed SUV has undergone extensive visual updates inside and out. The new Territory has been brought into line with the rest of Ford’s vehicles that wear the kinetic design language. There is a fully reworked front end, a restyled tail, new C-pillar shape and side lines.

Presenting the new design was the responsibility of the Ford Australia design team, headed by Chris Svensson, Design Director for Ford Asia Pacific and Africa.

“We worked hard to ensure the new Territory was an evolution of the original model and, through the use of Ford’s distinct design DNA, also gave a hint of the future,” Svensson said. “To achieve this we applied Ford’s unique style philosophy: kinetic design. Kinetic design comprises several specific elements, all of which are present in the new Territory. They are confident stance, dynamic lines, expressive form language, taut surfacing, bold graphics and great detailing. When you combine them they convey movement and athleticism. In other words, the vehicle looks like it is moving when standing still,” Svensson said.

At the front, the vehicle uses an all-new tri-plane front-end architecture. The new trapezoid-shaped main grille is one of the new Territory’s most noticeable updates. This larger, lower grille in a unique three-bar design connects with the slim-line treatment given to the upper grille opening, a feature which sees the famous Ford roundel now surrounded by its own winged structure.

New slim-line headlights with projector beam technology and LED (Light-Emitting Diode) position lamps are integrated into its redesigned front bumper. At the bottom of Territory’s new face is a U-formed lower chin skid plate.

Combining these stunning elements has produced an impressive new look.

Moving rearwards, the new Territory sports a sculpted new bonnet and subtle flutes for the front guards.

A new C-pillar design smooths the transition from front to rear. Resurfaced door cladding and a lower rocker moulding combine to give Territory a lower, athletic stance.

At the rear, the new Territory sports sleek horizontal tail lights that wrap around the rear of the vehicle. Connecting them is a new rear lift-gate and finishing the new rear styling is a redesigned bumper and new lower-level valence panel.

Rounding out new Territory’s exterior is a new catalogue of new wheel options, which will be available in diameters of 17 and 18 inches in model-specific designs.

On the inside, the new Territory is fitted with an all-new instrument panel featuring an eight-inch touch screen and new functional storage solutions. A new four-spoke steering wheel puts drivers in control of the new Territory’s handling ability and gives control to audio and cruise control functions.

Territory’s new Interior Command Centre (ICC) provides front-seat occupants with familiar and simple-to-use controls for functions such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

Powertrain and technical information is not available on the new Territory just yet and is expected next month. But the big news is that the 2011 Territory is expected to come in both petrol and diesel options and also 4WD and 2WD. This means a rear-wheel-drive diesel-powered Territory is on the cards which may tempt many buyers in Australia and also here in NZ.

Check back as we bring you more details on specifications and pricing when they are made available next month.

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