Though Ford Australia has revealed the look of the new Territory, details of what lies beneath the new sheet metal will not be revealed until closer to its launch - which is scheduled for May in Australia but, somewhat vaguely, 'mid-2011' in New Zealand.
Influenced by Ford's'Kinetic' global styling language, the new design features an all-new 'tri-plane' front end, including a new bonnet, a more rounded bumper, twin grilles and narrower projector-style headlights. While the roof, doors and tailgate remain the same, the rear features a more angled C-pillar and accompanying side glass, a redesigned bumper, new taillights and a lower valence panel. This overhaul represents the first major styling change since the Territory was introduced in June 2004.
Inside, the top Territory gets an FG-style centre stack - dubbed the Interior Command
Centre-with a new eight-inch touch screen atop the dash. A new instrument panel includes an LCD display screen, while the centre console is reconfigured to accommodate integrated cup holders, a big storage bin and USB/iPod connectivity.
Safety-wise, a knee airbag is expected to be added to the front, side and curtain bags already offered.
Three model grades will be offered in Australia, but New Zealand will take the middle-tier TS and top Titanium models, the latter a replacement for the long-lived 'Ghia' nameplate. Both have seven seats as standard. Pick the models by differences to the brightwork, the style of the driving lamps (LED on the Titanium) and the design of the 18-inch alloy wheels.
We'll know more, including details about the 2.7-litre TDI engine, in a few months. PC
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