Ford Territory (Australia)
The Ford Territory is a crossover family mover SUV built by Ford Australia that was introduced in April 2004 and produced until October 2016. It is based on the EA169 platform introduced by the 2002 BA series Falcon, and its internal project codename was E265. Winner of various automotive awards since its introduction, the Territory was the first SUV to win the coveted Australian title of Wheels Car of the Year in 2004, courtesy of acceptable handling and child carrying capacity.
|Assembly||Campbellfield, Victoria, Australia|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||5-door wagon|
|Related||Ford Falcon (BA)|
|Engine||4.0 L Barra I6 (petrol)|
4.0 L Barra I6-T (petrol)
2.7 L Duratorq V6-T (diesel)
|Transmission||4-speed M93LE automatic (SX; SY RWD)|
6-speed 6HP21 automatic (SZ II petrol)
6-speed 6HP26 automatic (SY AWD; SZ petrol)
6-speed 6R80 (diesel)
|Wheelbase||2,842 mm (111.9 in)|
|Length||4,856 mm (191.2 in)|
|Width||1,898 mm (74.7 in)|
|Height||1,714 mm (67.5 in)|
|Curb weight||2,015–2,045 kg (4,442–4,508 lb)|
Ford Australia reportedly spent A$500 million on developing this vehicle over a four-year period. Many Australian toolmakers were lauded for their cost competitiveness in keeping this cost so low, not as cheap as the Japanese, but much lower than Detroit-based cars. Detroit was very appreciative of this cost saving from Australia, but soon turned its back when the Territory was unveiled. Apart from being the first and only Australian-made SUV, it was also the first local vehicle to feature electronic stability control.
Both rear-wheel drive (RWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) configurations are available for the Australian market. AWD models have an optional anti-lock braking system to control the car's motion downhill.
Reflecting its SUV design, seating capacity in the Territory is for either five (two rows) or seven (three rows) passengers, making it excellent for large families with children. All seating rows are arranged in a "theatre style", whereby the first row is the lowest and the last row is the highest. The middle and back rows fold flat into the floor to maximise cargo volume.
Ford introduced the Territory alongside the existing Falcon wagon, which was built on the same Broadmeadows Assembly production line. Ford Australia senior executives had expected the Falcon wagon to be discontinued soon after the introduction of the Territory, surmising that Falcon wagon sales would substantially decline as fleet buyers migrated to the Territory. However, this did not happen because the Falcon wagon retained much of its fleet sales base and the Territory appealed mainly to large families. The production of the Falcon station wagon was terminated in September 2010. The Territory was never a serious replacement for it due to higher fuel consumption and increased weight.
The Territory was sold in New Zealand, with exports to South Africa beginning in 2005 and those to Thailand in 2006 (although the Thai range was restricted to only the top-of-the range AWD Ghia and, later, the Titanium specification when re-released in 2012).
Production of the Territory ended on 7 October 2016.
Ford R7 conceptEdit
The Ford R7 was a concept SUV which was developed by Ford Australia under the auspices of the late Geoff Polites and was revealed at the 2002 Australian International Motor Show held in Melbourne. So great was the reception of the R7, that Ford fast tracked the development of the R7 into a full blown production model just two years later as the Ford Territory and it previewed the new front styling of the donor Ford Falcon (BA) range.
Between 2004 and 2016, the Territory had been manufactured adopting the same chassis and sold in a total of five series (SX, SY, SYII, SZ, and final SZ II). The launch of the FG series Falcon, however, resulted in the Territory undergoing a major redesign inside and out, and unlike the donor sedan, receiving a turbodiesel powerplant, citing high fuel consumption of the 6 cylinder engines due to the high curb weight.
The first series, known as the "SX", was produced between April 2004 and September 2005.
Appearance-wise, the Territory adopted styling cues from the North American Freestyle/Taurus X, which proved to be a defining factor for the support of Ford executives at the head office in Dearborn, Michigan. Simon Butterworth, who was behind the major restyling of the Falcon that resulted in the 2002 BA series, styled the Territory and had previously worked with Top Gear presenter, James May, to develop the global Ford "DNA". Marcus Hotblack worked on the Territory's interior, inspired by a knife. As a result, the Territory has such convenient features as flexing cup holders and a handbag holder to the side of the seat for drivers, recognising that many Territory drivers are women.
The SX Territory was the first Australian-built vehicle to be fitted with an electronic stability control system. In addition, Territory is the first SUV to have won the Australian Wheels Car of the Year award, in 2004.
Its platform was available in RWD or AWD, solely powered by the 182 kilowatts (244 hp), 380 N⋅m (280 lb⋅ft) 4.0-litre DOHC straight-six Barra petrol engine from the BA Falcon albeit slightly detuned via software, paired to a four-speed automatic gearbox. All models were renowned for very high fuel consumption, averaging between 14 and 18 L/100 km (17 and 13 mpg‑US; 20 and 16 mpg‑imp).
- Model range
At launch, the SX range of models (and Australian retail prices were:
- TX: base package (RWD: A$38,990; AWD: A$42,990);
- TS: family safety package (RWD: A$44,790; AWD: A$48,790);
- Ghia: luxury package (RWD: A$49,290; AWD: A$53,290);.
An Alpine DVD entertainment system for rear passengers, with 10.2-inch screen and infrared headphones, was offered as standard or optional depending on the model variant.
Australian and New Zealand SX series 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 women's jewellery in a black box. In New Zealand, the only RWD model is the base version and all other models have AWD; while in Australia, all models are available both traction setups.
The colour range included: Indiana, Envi, Mandarine, Offshore, Silhouette, Winter White and Zesty.
The SY, primarily a mechanical upgrade with no significant visual differentiation, was introduced in October 2005. Its key features included increased engine power, new automatic transmission for AWD models, and as a first for an Australian-built vehicle, a reverse parking camera (optional on the TS and standard on Ghia). The TS now featured standard reverse sensors. All models received a new key design, and on cars built after May 2006, the plastic rear cladding along the bottom edge of the rear tailgate changed to be pressed into the sheet metal.
Again, this Territory was solely powered by a revised 4.0-litre DOHC straight-six engine now producing 190 kilowatts (250 hp) and 383 N⋅m (282 lb⋅ft). The previous DSI four-speed automatic transmission was retained with minor updates for RWD models; AWD models now featured the six-speed ZF 6HP26 automatic transmission that contributed to slightly improved fuel consumption.
The 2006 Territory Turbo was AWD-only and its turbocharged version of the base model produced 245 kW (329 hp) and 480 N⋅m (350 lb⋅ft). Being AWD, it was only available with the then-new six-speed ZF automatic transmission.
- Model range
The range remained unchanged except for the introduction, in mid-2006, of a Territory Turbo available in standard trim or luxury Ghia. It was powered by a turbocharged 4.0-litre DOHC straight-six version of the Barra engine that, due to costs considerations and the Australian market preference for performance variants, took priority over the introduction of a mooted diesel variant to curtail high fuel consumption.
At launch, the original SY range of models (and Australian retail prices) were:
- TX (RWD: A$39,490; AWD: A$43,990);
- TS (RWD: A$46,330; AWD: A$51,330);
- Ghia (RWD: A$51,820; AWD: A$56,320).
At its subsequent launch, the AWD-only standard Turbo and Ghia models instead cost A$53,990 and A$65,490, respectively.
The first Territory TX-based limited editions emerged:
- SR – released in February 2006, and re-released in June 2008
- SR2 – released in October 2008
The initial colour range was: Winter White, Wired, Lightning Strike, Silhouette, Mercury Silver, Kashmir, Dejavu, Icon and Indiana. It subsequently included: Steel, Grace, Flare, Conquer, Silk, Ego, Seduce, Neo, Velvet and Sensation.
Effectively a high-performance version of the Territory Turbo, it was only available in AWD and with a six-speed automatic transmission. It was badged "F6X 270" due to its engine output of 270-kilowatt (360 hp) and 550 N⋅m (410 lb⋅ft), shared with the similarly engined and Falcon-based FPV F6 sedan. This resulted in this SUV being the most powerful SUV available at the time, with a fast 0–100 kilometres per hour (0–62 mph) acceleration time of 5.9 seconds.
FPV foreshadowed its intention to enter the SUV scene with the "P-SUV" concept car displayed at its Open Day in February 2007. This vehicle featured a pick-up body style and aggressive off-road styling. The final F6X concept was otherwise displayed at the October 2007 Australian International Motor Show in Sydney.
Aside from its high-performance engine, its other key features included 18-inch wheels, upgraded front Brembo brakes, and fittings such as seating (optional third row seat) and instrumentation styled to mirror those of the FPV sedans. Despite this, the lack of sufficient external differentiation with the donor Territory Turbo, its high price of A$75,990 and poor fuel consumption translated into a low sales success, with only some 229 units built. As a consequence, production ceased in February 2009 and it was no longer available with the SY II series launched in June 2009.
The F6X colour range included: Ego, Winter White, Lightning Strike, Nitro, Seduce, Sensation, Silhouette and Velvet. Depending on the exterior paint chosen, each had the option of one of two stripe packages in metallic Azure Blue, Pewter or Silver and matte Black. It also featured datadot paint technology.
The SY II series was a facelift revealed at the 2009 Australian International Motor Show held in Melbourne and went on sale that May. It featured a mildly restyled front end and other minor exterior changes, improved interior trim (with the previous upholstery colour schemes replaced by more contemporary ones) and improved suspension design. Powertrains remained unchanged, except for the axing of the 270 kW (360 hp) "FPV F6X". The BA/BF Falcon centre console and Interior Command Control (ICC) was again reused for the SY II despite the newer FG Falcon having a completely redesigned console and ICC.
The SY II received a revised front suspension to address a well-documented weakness in the front lower ball joints. Specifically, the original design had the ball joints under constant tension, which resulted in some complete failures of the joint (causing the wheel to detach from the suspension and steering) and premature wear requiring lower control arm replacements after as little as 30,000 kilometres (19,000 mi). With the new design, the lower ball joints were now under compression, thus eliminating the premature wear issue.
- Model range
The SY II Territory range and upgrades (plus Australian retail prices at launch) were:
- TX: with body-coloured bumpers and alloy wheels standard (RWD: A$39,490; AWD: A$44,490);
- TS: body-coloured bumpers, new alloy wheels, seven-seater with third-row standard (RWD: A$44,490; AWD: A$49,990).
- Ghia: external mirrors mounted side indicators, new alloy wheels, privacy glass for the rear passenger and cargo windows (RWD: A$52,490; AWD: A$57,490).
The Turbo was now available only in the latter luxury specification (for A$66,420).
A TS Limited Edition was marketed in December 2009 and October 2010 to stimulate sales by providing Ghia-derived fittings.
At launch, the colour range included: Silhouette, Lightning Strike, Velvet, Harmony, Sensation, Steel, Ego, Seduce, Mystic, Winter White and Kashmir.
Through the addition of a front passenger seatbelt warning chime implemented on cars produced from 11 January 2010, the entire Territory range qualified for a full five-star Australasian New Car Assessment Program crash test score. Models produced prior to this date only had a four-star rating.
SZ (major redesign):
In line with Ford's internationally adopted Kinetic Design, the car features a large lower air intake and thin upper grille. It has an estimated drag coefficient of Cd=0.38. Titanium models feature LED "position" lights, in lieu of the fog lights fitted on the mid-spec TS. At the rear, the car features horizontal tail lights, replacing the vertical lights on previous editions. On the inside, courtesy of the FG Falcon upgrades, the higher-range Territory models also inherited an eight-inch colour touch screen, which is central to the "SYNC" in-car entertainment and control system. New safety features include a driver's knee airbag and updated stability control system, now version 9.0 by Bosch incorporating an anti-roll-over function.
Mechanically, the SZ series introduced for the first time in Ford Australia's locally made vehicles, a diesel powerplant (whose cost and development in previous editions was postponed in favour of the turbo petrol variant of 2006). It also introduced an electric power-assist steering system used on the American Ford Mustang, which was also poised for introduction on the Falcon.
The engines range of the SZ series comprised the usual but further upgraded 4.0-litre DOHC straight-six petrol engine only for the RWD Territory, and a turbocharged, direct injection 2.7-litre 60-degree V6 diesel engine marketed as "Duratorq" for the RWD and AWD Territory models. Petrol-engined AWD models are no longer offered. The petrol engine, now compliant with Euro 4 emission standards, generates 195 kW (261 hp) and 391 N⋅m (288 lb⋅ft). At launch, the diesel engine was a seven-year-old Ford AJD-V6/PSA DT17 engine, which debuted in Australia with the Jaguar XF and Land Rover Discovery 3. It reportedly emits up to 25% less CO
2 compared to the petrol engine.
Across the range, two types of six-speed automatic transmission became default depending on model variants. For petrol-engined RWD—the ZF 6HP26 transmission; for diesel-engined RWD and AWD the ZF-based, 6R80 transmission produced by Ford in the United States is used.
Interior-wise, finally the new Territory gained the centre console and ICC of the FG Falcon. Up until this time the Territory had continued to reused the 2002-2008 BA/BF Falcon interior and ICC.
- Model range
The range remained the same except for the Titanium replacing the Ghia, reflecting a similar changes made to the related Ford Falcon (FG) range.
The SZ range and key features or upgrades (plus Australian retail prices at launch) were as follows:
- TX: 17-inch alloy wheels, iPod/USB integration, Bluetooth phone connectivity and cruise control). Available in RWD petrol (A$39,990), RWD diesel (A$43,240), AWD diesel (A$48,240);
- TS: as above but with 18-inch alloy wheels plus four-way power adjustable driver seat, 8-inch colour touch screen, front fog lights, dual-zone climate control, premium audio system and reversing camera, standard 7-seat capacity. Available in RWD petrol (A$46,990), RWD diesel (A$50,240), AWD diesel (A$55,240);
- Titanium: as above plus different 18-inch alloy wheels, LED "position" lights, external mirrors mounted side indicators, chrome detailed front grille, 6-way power adjustable driver seat with three memory settings, privacy glass for the rear passenger and cargo windows, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, satellite navigation with Traffic Message Channel, Alpine DVD entertainment system for rear passengers with 10.2-inch screen and infrared headphones, leather seat trim (in "Shadow" black or "Cashmere" beige). Available in RWD petrol (A$54,990), RWD diesel (A$58,240), AWD diesel (A$63,240).
The Titanium model has proven to be the most popular variant and the SZ series led Ford Australia to reach a significant manufacturing milestone by building 150,000th Territory (a white TX TCDi RWD model) in 2012.
The Titanium (in AWD 2.7-Litre TCDi specification) is also the only variant for exports to Thailand that resumed in late 2012.
A TX Limited Edition was marketed in August 2012 to stimulate sales by providing TS-derived fittings.
The colour range included: Havana, Vanish, Lightning Strike, Winter White, Edge, Chill, Smoke, Seduce and Silhouette (metallic black).
After 10 years of production, the SZ II series represented the Territory before Ford Australia's full production (which also included the FG X Falcon sedan) ceased in October 2016.
The SZ II began production alongside the FG X Falcon on 20 October 2014 and went on sale in the Australian market in December 2014. Its model range remains unchanged relative to the SZ series but, externally, it features subtle styling revisions consisting of a new fascia and alloy wheels, with the Territory losing out its LED "position lights" in favour of more traditional foglights. Mechanically, the engine range also remains unchanged apart from transmission tweaks and aerodynamic improvements that deliver around 5% better fuel consumption. Inside, new trims colours feature along with an updated "SYNC2" touchscreen in-car entertainment and control system with voice command, Wi-Fi connectivity, DAB+ radio, and emergency call functionality.
|Calendar year||Australian sales|
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