Melbourne 2009: Ford Territory gets an update…

February 27, 2009

Source: The Motor Report

Ford has revealed its new-look SY Territory MkII, featuring key exterior design changes, fresh interior environments, a revised model line-up and a host of additional equipment now fitted as standard.

2009 Ford Territory SY MkII @ MIMS

Two Territory models – a Territory Ghia AWD and a Territory TS RWD, are on display at the Motor Show to give customers a first look at the SY Territory MkII line-up, which will go on sale in the second quarter of 2009.

“The new look SY Territory MkII builds on all these great attributes, while taking the next step in its evolution with a revised exterior design, fresh interior appointments and a host of new equipment,” Ford Australia President and CEO Marin Burela said.

A revised model line-up for the SY Territory MkII range consists of the TX, TS and Ghia models, in rear-wheel drive (RWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) configurations, along with the Ghia Turbo AWD – the Territory Turbo model will no longer be offered.

2009 Ford Territory SY MkII

Major design changes include an all-new bonnet, with a complementary new front bumper, upper and lower grilles, new headlamps and a new fog lamp bezel.

Body-coloured bumpers and door cladding, new body-coloured door handles, new chrome belt moulding, revised tail lamps and body-coloured exterior mirrors are also part of the new exterior package.

2009 Ford Territory SY MkII @ MIMS

Additional new design elements, which apply to both Ghia and Ghia Turbo models, include a new fender feature, turn indicators integrated into the side mirrors, side steps and privacy glass on rear passenger, rear side and tailgate windows.

Alloy wheels are now standard on Territory TX models, while new design alloy wheels will feature across the rest of the Territory range. Fog lamps have also been added as standard equipment on TS models with the new look SY Territory MkII.

The interior of the new Territory has also received a significant freshening, with new seat materials, colour finishes and trim highlights on all models, along with the choice of two new interior environments on TS and Ghia.

Territory TS and Ghia models can also be fitted with a Cashmere interior environment as a no cost option, which extends the elegant, high-end neutral interior tone to Territory following its introduction on FG Falcon last year. Silver steering wheel buttons are another new touch for SY MkII and will be fitted as standard on TS, Ghia and Ghia Turbo models.

Territory TX now comes standard with side curtain airbags, cruise control, 17-inch alloy wheels and a full body colour package for the bumpers, door handles and mirrors.

Territory TS is also fitted with the full body colour package, along with a reverse parking camera, front fog lamps, leather-wrapped steering wheel, handbrake and gearshift, and a third row seat as standard.

Ghia models also gain a third row seat as standard equipment, along with an Alpine rear DVD system, side steps, rear privacy glass and 18-inch alloy wheels, while the Ghia Turbo picks up the same list of additions and a new alloy wheel design (18-inch wheels are already standard fitment on the top-of-the-line Territory model).

“Territory remains the only medium SUV designed, engineered and built in Australia for Australian lifestyles and conditions,” Mr Burela said.

The more things change… the more they stay the same.

Pricing starts at $39,490 in May 2009.



  1. All the bling about minor styling mods, but nothing mechanical in the press release. We only presume that these also have the latest upgraded Falcon engines?

    I have been waiting over a year for this – to buy a new Territory Turbo on a budget of $60k, and now they drop this model out!! What were they thinking? If they think we will pay an extra $12k for the Ghia turbo, which has only about $5-6k of extra goodies on it, they they are overly optimistic. The base Turbo was a decent, affordable sports SUV.

  2. brought a turbo ghia about a month ago love that car keep up the good work ford

  3. This looks like it could be the new 2011 Explorer for NA.

  4. We could only wish! Lol It’s the Aus / NZ only Territory. It’s based on the Falcon platform (E8) and comes with either a NA 4.0 I6 (Not the ones you had in the Ranger – a design unique to Autralia) or the turbo version of the “Barra” I6. http://www.ford.com.au for more info! 🙂

    Cheers, Ben.

  5. I like it! So when will it hit South Africa?

  6. Sorry thabo, but I don’t think the current Territory is heading your way at all! 😦

    Here’s hoping next year’s model Falcon and Territory find their way over there, though! 🙂


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