Ford Territory (2004-2016)
Ford Territory is a crossover SUV designed to be a family car. It was built by Ford Australia from 2004 up until the end of production in October 2016. It was the first Australian made SUV that featured electronic stability control, something no other local car had at the time. The car was popular, and it went on to win some Australian automotive awards including the much-coveted Wheels Car of the Year for its exceptional handling and child carrying capacity.
One interesting fact about this car was that it was intended to replace the Falcon Wagon, which was at the time popular with fleet buyers. Ford’s thought that the Territory’s fleet sales would outnumber the Wagon’s, but this was not to be because the Territory appealed to families more than it did to fleet buyers.
There were three models of this car produced in each model range, the TX, TS and Ghia (Which was replaced by Titanium for the SZ). They varied in prices with the TX being the cheapest and Ghia (Titanium for the SZ) being the luxury model, was the most expensive. However, all the cars came with an in-car entertainment and control system.
The Ford Territory SX was the first of it’s kind in Australia. It was the first locally built vehicle to be fitted with an electronic stability control system and went on to win the 2004 Wheels Car of the Year award. It had a four-speed automatic gearbox and a 4 liter, 244 hp, 380 N.m, DOHC straight-six Barra petrol engine. You could choose between an RWD or the AWD, and it also came with a wide range of colors, including Offshore, Winter White, Zesty, Mandarine, Indiana, Envi, and Silhouette.
The SY was primarily a mechanical upgrade of the SX. It became the first Australian-made AWD to be fitted with an automatic transmission. You could also get your TS and Ghia equipped with a reverse parking camera and a reverse sensor for the TS. The engine also underwent an upgrade. It was still a 4 liter DOHC straight-six engine but was upgraded to a six-speed automatic transmission. The now turbocharged engine produced 329hp and 480N.m.
In 2006, the first Territory TX-based limited editions (SR) were unveiled.
FPV F6X (2008-2009)
Ford Performance Vehicles released this model in 2008. The car featured a turbocharged engine with an output of 360hp and 550N.m. This, coupled with a six-speed transmission, made the car a beast on the road. It was the most powerful SUV of its time; its powerful engine allowed it to accelerate from 0-100km/h in just 5.9 seconds. The car came with 18-inch wheels, an upgrade to Brembo brakes and some fittings such as an optional third row sitting.
The SY II was an upgrade of the SY. It came with some minor interior changes like ditching upholstery colors and now using contemporary colors. The exterior also underwent some small changes like styling changes to the front end. However, the powertrains were not changed, but the 360 hp FPV FX6 engine was axed. Some of the weaknesses of the previous models, like a weak front suspension, were corrected in the SY II.
The model came with some significant design changes. It also included several additions including an electric power-assist steering system, a driver’s knee airbag, and anti-roll-over function. It also came with an in-car entertainment and control system that featured an 8-inch touch screen. The RWD Territory engine was still a 4-liter DOHC straight-six, diesel engine but it had undergone some upgrades. You could also get a turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 diesel engine for the RWD and AWD Territory models. The AWD models were no longer offered with petrol engines, only diesel.
SZ II (2014-2016)
The SZ II represented the Ford Territory in Australia before production was halted in 2016, ending its ten-year stint.
The production of the SZ II commences in October 2014. The model was sold in Australia until December of the same year. It featured some additions including alloy wheels, WIFI connectivity, the in-car entertainment control system was upgraded to include voice command capabilities, and it also had an emergency call functionality. The engine remained the same as that if the SZ but there were some minor tweaks like an improvement in fuel consumption (5% improvement to be precise), and some aerodynamic improvements.
Author - Eric Anyega