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Ford Unveils 2011 Territory ‘SZ’ MCE… *UPDATED*

February 8, 2011

After months of speculation, and some very revealing spy shots, Ford has officially taken the covers of it’s new-for-2011 ‘SZ’ Territory. Featuring new and updated engines, exterior design and a new interior, the new Territory is ready to set the Australian and New Zealand SUV segment on fire.

Externally, the new Territory takes Ford’s Kinetic design philosophy to the next level. Featuring a larger lower and smaller upper grille, along with aggressively designed headlights, the new Territory’s front is very 2011. Add in the modest bonnet bulge, and Daytime Running Light LED’s on the Titanium model – mated with projector headlamps on all models – and you have a very masculine look to boot.

The side profile is moderately different, with a new front fender indicator / vent arrangement for the new model over the old Territory and a few finical changes here and there.

The rear also receives a redesign with this major update. new tail lights, new rear bumpers and a revised split tailgate, the new look simply refreshes on the outgoing model’s very slowly outdating look.

Three trim levels outline the new Territory line up – starting with the TX, then the TS and the version you see in these pictures is the top-of-the-line Titanium – replacing the Ghia nameplate.

Power will come from two engine choices – of which are mated to either the ZF 6 speed automatic or Ford’s 6R80 6 speed automatic transmission – a Rear-Wheel Drive powered 4.0L petrol Inline-6 (ZF) or All-Wheel Drive powered 2.7L turbo diesel V6 (6R80). The I6 petrol is upgraded to FG Falcon spec, with 195kW and 391Nm, with a 10.6l/100km official mileage. The 2.7 litre turbo diesel V6 officially makes 140kW and 440Nm with an average of 8.9l/100km between the different trims.

Part of the overhaul of the new Territory is the all-new interior borrowed in part from the FG Falcon. And that, my friends, is by no means a bad thing.

It receives all the ergonomic updates that saw the Falcon’s interior become the envy of all other Australian large sedan makers – namely the new instrument cluster, steering wheel, dash and center console with the vents now below the Interior Command Center (ICC). This brings me to what is now one of the biggest selling points for the new Territory – a MASSIVE 8-inch colour touch screen replacing the old, (comparatively) smaller non-touch screen.

Safety wise, the SY MkII Territory already had a 5-star ANCAP safety rating, making it the safest in its class. The SZ, however, simply adds a driver’s knee airbag to the already impressive list of interior safety features, surely securing it a 5-star rating. Ford engineers have also introduced Roll-over Mitigation into the upgraded Bosch Generation 9 Dynamic Stability Control system.

The new Territory also debut’s Ford Australia’s foray into EPAS – Electronic Power Assisted Steering (first seen on the new Mustang and Focus).

The EPAS system provides steering assistance by taking into account the driver input and other inputs like vehicle speed, road irregularities and tyre wear. It is speed sensitive, providing more assistance at low speeds, such as when parking.

Two features of the EPAS system – Drift-Pull Compensation and Active Nibble Compensation – are designed to ‘learn’ the conditions of the road and the front tyres. An imbalance as small as a stone in the tyre tread is enough to attract the system’s attention and adjust the steering set-up accordingly.

Replacing the conventional hydraulically operated power steering system, Ford says EPAS leads to fuel consumption savings of around 1.5 percent.

Check back regularly for more Ford news!

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