Ford’s new Territory, Falcon G6E unveiled

Ford’s new Territory, Falcon G6E unveiled

The 2015 Ford Territory and the Falcon G6E will arrive later this year with new modern looks, more space and functionality.

Ford says its main aim is to have updated or refreshed its entire lineup by 2017, as it closes all its manufacturing plants in Australia.

With SUV sales accelerating, Ford has bolstered its utility vehicle lineup with the addition of the Ford Kuga compact and EcoSport sub-compact SUVs.

Ford has revealed images of the Territory and new Falcon G6E to reveal exterior designs that bring both into harmony with the rest of the Ford product portfolio in Australia.

The Melbourne-based Ford design team has redesigned the Territory with a bold grille and headlight execution that point to Ford’s global SUV styling.

Nima Nourian, Ford’s exterior design manager, says the new Territory has a lot to live up to.

“Our customers appreciate the functionality, seven-seat capability and fuel efficiency of the turbo-diesel, but we also wanted to deliver a new level of visual appeal with the 2014 Territory,” he says.

Ford Australia and New Zealand president and chief executive officer, Bob Graziano, says the Ford Territory set the benchmark for family-friendly SUVs when it was launched. “The new-look Territory is set to carry this on,” he adds.

“It consistently ranks as one of the best-sellers in its class and, importantly for our customers, is the only Australian-designed and engineered SUV,” Graziano says.

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Ford Territory customers will be able to choose from a six-cylinder petrol engine as well as the V6 TDCi engine, which currently accounts for more than half of all Territory sales.

To the end of June 2014, Ford has sold more than 155,000 Territorys, excluding exports. The peak sales year for Territory was 2005 when 23,454 were sold. Ford currently exports Territorys to New Zealand and has in the past exported to Thailand and South Africa.

Meanwhile the new Falcon G6E also carries a globally identifiable ‘face’ of Ford, with the new trapezoidal grille that features detailed chrome surrounds, chiseled head lamps and discreet bright work.

“The G6E provides a new level of design detailing. Even casually glancing at the G6E you can see it’s a premium vehicle,” Nourian says.

“There’s some fine craftsmanship in the bright-work and the way the front and rear design treatments mesh with the jewelry on the car. It’s very well executed, even down to the front fender vent.”

Pricing, features and specifications of the new Falcon and Territory range will be revealed closer to launch. The Falcon range and ute, and Ford Territory, go on sale later this year.

The arrival of the 2014 Falcon and Territory spearheads a product onslaught in 2015 with the arrival of the refreshed Focus lineup, Focus ST update, all-new Mondeo, Mustang EcoBoost and V8 and the eagerly anticipated Ford Everest SUV.

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