FoMoCo has released the first official sketch of the new Territory SUV, which is set for sales next year in Australia.
“The Ford Territory set a new benchmark when it was first released and it is set to achieve this again – and more,” said Bob Graziano, President and CEO of Ford Australia. “This is an exceptional SUV. It wears an exciting new look and will boast an extensive list of technical highlights. The Ford Australia team is taking the Territory to an all-new level of performance, refinement and quality, and customers will definitely experience these advancements when they drive it.”
Ford has sold more than 90,000 units of the Territory in Australia since its launch.
In the press release, Ford says that the “eagerly awaited preview signals what will be an unprecedented new-model onslaught Ford has planned for 2011.” This means we can expect to see some of these design cues on the next-generation Ford Escape / Kuga replacement, which is scheduled to debut in concept form at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show next month. Sales of the next-generation Ford Escape and Kuga will start next year.
Earlier this week, Ford announced that it will invest $600 million to transform its Louisville Assembly Plant into a state-of-the-art facility that will produce the Escape and Kuga.
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2011 Ford Territory (Sketch):
First Glimpse: New Ford Territory
Ford Australia today fired the first big shot in its 2011 new-model assault.
The company has revealed the first official image of its new-look Territory SUV, set for release next year. The eagerly awaited preview signals what will be an unprecedented new-model onslaught Ford has planned for 2011.
With more than 90,000 Territory SUV customers curious for a glimpse of the new model, Ford Australia has responded with a sneak preview. The multi-award-winning SUV is dressed to impress wearing a stylish suit based on Ford’s kinetic design language, making it instantly recognisable as a member of the Ford vehicle family. It also provides a glimpse into the future of Ford’s global SUV styling.
New Territory’s design overhaul is significant both inside and out. Its fresh new look will include a major interior update and boast a number of technology highlights, including the introduction of turbo-diesel power, details of which will be communicated in 2011.
For Ford Australia, the next 18-month period is set to be one of the company’s busiest in its 85-year history. Approximately 85 percent of the entire Ford Australia new-model catalogue will either be replaced or updated during this time.
The Blue Oval bolstered its line-up this month when the new WT Fiesta hatch and sedan ranges hit Australian roads. Immediately following this has been the arrival of the updated MC Mondeo range.
Next year will see the arrival of the stunning new Territory SUV as well as the all-new Ford Focus, which made its world premiere earlier this year. In addition, Ford’s iconic Falcon will be even further enhanced with a stylish new look and new powertrain options, including the introduction of Ford’s global EcoBoost engine and ultra-efficient LPI (Liquid Phase Injection) technology.
Also entering Australian Ford showrooms will be the highly anticipated all-new Ranger, the Australian-designed-and-developed “Built Ford Tough” truck. The all-new Ranger took the recent Australian International Motor Show by storm and will be sold in more than 180 markets around the world. This new-from-the-ground-up compact truck range will be available in a variety of body styles and drivetrain configurations. It will also offer customers the choice of highly efficient turbo-diesel and petrol power.
Further details about Ford’s extensive 2011 new model line-up will be revealed in the coming months.
– By: Omar Rana