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Ford Territory

SZ Territory

Ford logo1 Apr 2011

By MIKE COSTELLO

SEVEN years on from the acclaimed original, Ford finally released the facelifted Territory in April 2011.

The extent of the changes went beyond the modish pinched nose and up-to-date media/connectivity interface, with the introduction of six-speed automatic gearboxes across the range, diesel power, electric power steering, and significant structural, safety, and suspension improvements.

Importantly, the latest driver-assist Bosch Gen-9 Dynamic Stability Control system arrived, featuring a Roll-Over Mitigation device designed to curtail a rollover.

The Turbo high-performance model disappeared, as did the Ghia name for Titanium, while the normally aspirated 4.0-litre inline six-cylinder petrol engine is now only reserved for the rear-drive versions. Its power and torque outputs are rated at 195kW (up 5kW) and 391Nm (up 8Nm) respectively, while the average fuel consumption figure slides by 1.0L/100km to 10.6L/100km.

But the big news is the all-new 2.7-litre common-rail direct-injection 60-degree double overhead cam V6 TDCi turbo-diesel. Engineered with the help from Jaguar and Land Rover, it delivers 140kW of power at 4000rpm and 440Nm of torque between 1900-2500rpm, as well as 8.2 litres per 100km in the combined cycle (AWD: 8.8-9.0).

Other SZ modifications include a comprehensive engine sound-deadening package, a laminated acoustic windscreen, improved engine and transmission mounts, an optimised front bulkhead, and a changed isolated crossmember behind the transmission in AWD models.

On the dynamic front, there have been modifications to the front-end geometry, a new suspension tune that includes different spring, damper and anti-roll bar rates, the implementation of altered driveline and suspension bushes, a self-adjusting parking brake and revised brake friction materials.

Towing capacity in TDCi models is rated at 2700kg – 400kg more than in the I6 Territory.

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