Thursday, February 10, 2011

New Car: 2011 Ford Territory (AU)

This is Ford�s �new� Territory compact SUV for the Australian market. According to Ford, this is the second generation Territory, despite the doors, mirrors, tailgate and various trims carried over from the outgoing model.

The new model features extensive external redesigning on the front and rear fascias, quarter panels, bonnet, and wheelarches. The interior has also been redesigned and features an 8� touch-screen, which controls the climate control, audio system, and telephone.

The Territory was designed and developed by Ford design team in Australia, supervised 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" said Svensson.

Emily Lai, Ford Australia's Design Manager for Colours and Materials said:

"Our customers made it clear they wanted to feel like they were in a car, not a truck," she said. "The new Ford Territory's cabin environment is both sporty and sophisticated and its high chrome and satin highlights are modelled on the architectural finishes found in many modern homes and businesses. Both satin and gloss finishes not only provide a high level of sophisticated elegance but link the vehicle's exterior styling with the interior."

Three trim-levels will be offered; TX, TS, and Titanium, with the latter adopting LED daytime running lights and tail-lights.

While Ford has needlessly wasted its whole press release on the company�s �Kinetic Design�, it don�t reveal any powertrains, however, a TDCi diesel engine, possibly a 2.2 litre unit or a V6 unit will be offered, alongside a range of EcoBoost petrol engines.

Sales in Australia start in April.


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