2011 Ford Territory's Diesel Heart Revealed

Mike Stevens | Mar 9, 2011


With the launch of Ford Australia's updated 2011 'SZ' Territory in April drawing nearer, today the carmaker has revealed details of the new model's mechanical arrangement.



Headlining the range's two-engine powertrain line-up is Ford's 2.7-litre Duratorq TDCi turbodiesel V6 engine, producing 140kW and 440Nm of torque. Peak torque for the new engine is available from 1900rpm through to 2500rpm.

Built in the UK by Ford and Jaguar, the 2.7-litre diesel was designed by Ford and has featured in a number of Peugeot, Citroen, Jaguar and Land Rover models since its debut in the 2005 model year. It is a very well-respected and proven unit.

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Although the engine has been significantly modified to suit the Territory's design, its arrival in the Australian-built SUV marks the first appearance of the engine in a Ford product anywhere in the world.

Combined fuel consumption for the turbodiesel engine is listed at 8.2 l/100km in rear-wheel-drive form, while the TX and TS all-wheel-drive variants consume 8.8 l/100km of diesel.

The range-topping Titanium all-wheel-drive is also frugal, with a claimed consumption of 9.0 l/100km on the combined cycle.

Ford's advertising campaign for the new Territory will see plenty of noise made about the diesel Territory's highway fuel use, which is as low as 6.5 l/100km. With a 75-litre fuel tank, the Territory offers a theoretical driving range of 1154km off one fill.

For all-wheel-drive diesel models, the Territory offers a towing capacity of 2700kg with a braked trailer, and a maximum downward towball capacity of 270kg.

In rear-wheel-drive, the diesel Territory will pull 2300kg with a braked trailer, with a downward towball weight of 230kg.


The Territory's inline six-cylinder petrol engine - available in rear-wheel-drive models only - has come in for an upgrade, with power boosted by 5kW to 195kW and torque increased by 8Nm to 391Nm.

The engine's power increase comes courtesy of the same improvements seen in the FG Falcon, giving the I6 engine the advantage of a fast-burn cylinder head design, a new light-weight dual-resonance intake manifold, a new electric throttle body and a new fuel rail system.

As the standard engine with the new Territory, the I6 lists fuel consumption figures of 10.6 l/10kkm for RWD models - an improvement of 1.01 l/100km. On the highway, the petrol Territory will manage 8.0 l/100km - down from 9.1 l/100km.

Petrol models, available with rear-wheel-drive only, have a towing capacity of 2300kg with a braked trailer, and a downward towball weight of 230kg.


The 2011 Territory is fitted with six-speed automatic transmissions across the range, for both rear- and all-wheel-drive layouts.

For the petrol rear-wheel-drive models, the Territory gets ZF's 6HP26 six-speed auto, while the TDCi turbodiesel variants, in RWD and AWD form, are equipped with Ford's ZF-based 6R80 six-speed auto.

Active Transfer Case

Among the modifications made to the TDCi engine and the AWD system is the front differential, which is mounted to the engine sump on all-wheel-drive models - rather than being mounted to the chassis, as with the outgoing Territory.

Thanks to this diff-on-sump arrangement, vibration and harshness (NVH) is reduced. There is also a clutch mechanism in the active transfer case which, when the vehicle is stationary in Drive, decouples driving forces applied to the front drive shafts.


There has been a huge investment in the development of the new model in improving noise, vibration and harshness across all of its mechanical systems.

In the case of the diesel models, the Territory gets new engine mounts, an acoustically-modified exhaust system, an optimised engine bulkhead, a revised transmission mount and, for all-wheel-drive models, a new isolated crossmember at the back of the transmission.

"We carefully studied and improved every element of the new Territory to make it a more comfortable and pleasant vehicle for journeys of all kinds," Michael Stellamanns, NVH Manager for Ford Asia Pacific and Africa said.

All petrol and diesel models have also gained a laminated acoustic windscreen, further improving NVH. Ford says it has significantly minimised diesel 'chatter' in the cabin at idle, along with reducing wind noise while driving.


Continuing the raft of updates for the 2011 model year, the Territory benefits from a new suspension tune with new springs, dampers and stabiliser bars, along with new driveline and suspension bushes.

A major change to the Territory is the adoption of Electric Assisted Power Steering (EPAS) - the same system used by the US-market Mustang, but tuned specifically for Australian conditions.

“The new Territory’s EPAS system provides excellent feedback and on-centre feel to drivers, and also contributes to the new model’s impressively low NVH levels,” Vehicle Dynamics Manager for Ford Asia Pacific and Africa, Alex de Vlugt said.

Among the EPAS system's attributes are the Drift-Pull Compensation program, which 'learns' the amount of steering effort the driver makes when travelling in a straight line but working to counteract road camber or steady winds.

Through this process, the system assists drivers with maintaining a straight course.

Similarly, Active Nibble Compensation works to counteract vibrations transmitted to the steering wheel due to out-of-balance or out-of-round forces generated by the front tyres.

“The new Territory’s EPAS system provides excellent feedback and on-centre feel to drivers and also contributes to the new model’s impressively low NVH levels,” de Vlugt said.

“EPAS is also more durable than a conventional power steering system, does not use hydraulic fluid, helps reduce noise levels and provides a better compromise between low-speed assistance and high-speed assistance, which is important for customers."

Ford says its EPAS system was put through an "exhaustive" testing regime before being approved for use in the Territory, including the equivalent of three lifetimes of use and the 'Grist-Mill' test, which sees the vehicle driven in a figure-of-eight at speed for several hours.


Already carrying a 5-Star ANCAP crash safety rating, the 2011 model year sees the Territory gain a driver's knee airbag, bringing the total complement to five for all models.

A Roll-over Mitigation system has also been added to the standard-fit Bosch Generation 9 Dynamic Stability Control, constantly monitoring the vehicle's behaviour and inducing additional understeer when the potential for rollover is detected.

Pricing and Availability

Ford has yet to reveal pricing for the new Territory, although with its launch scheduled for next month, all will be revealed in time.

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  • Tocam says,
    5 years ago
    I do love this new model a lot, and with the addition of the turbodiesel engine it sits very high in my list. We are about to purchase a next car and it will be a SUV as family grows and more caravan towing is required, this really looks like it fits the bill.

    But then we also got really put off by the poor reliability and maintenance issues with locally made cars. What a shame, otherwise this is a perfectly sized SUV, decently powerful turbodiesel engine, decent height clearance, decent equipment, and also decent looking.
    • Daniel McKenna says,
      5 years ago
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      We are about to buy a new SUV too, this is defiantly at the top of our list - looks amazing and the specs from that diesel donk are sweet.
  • MattJelonek
    MattJ says,
    5 years ago
    All I can say, least it's better then the Korean stuff Holden have but still wouldn't recommend this.... Kluger perhaps?
    • DesEng says,
      5 years ago
      Matt, that's really a strange statement. The Kluger looks ugly and drives like a 1980's truck.
      If you want a family car that is pleaent to live with 7 days a week, scratch the Kluger, it's just horrible as a daily driver. Oh and the fuel consumption is significantly worse that a petrol Territory (even the old tech 4 speed) in real world daily driving.
      Sure Kluger has lots of bells and whistles (gim***s) but they don't work consistently for long enough to enjoy them all.

      And as for reliability the worst I've had have been the 2 Toyotas, the best have been the 3 Australian Fords.
  • PeterG says,
    5 years ago
    The centre console and steering wheel look bloated.The exhausts are pretentious
    And if only they could have come up with a true tow vehicle diesel engine. A bit down on power for this country.
    Disappointing really.
    • DesEng says,
      5 years ago
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      Perter says "Disappointing really"
      Well considering that the new Territory will be best-in-class in all the areas that count, that makes the rest of the field dismal then.
  • says,
    5 years ago
    why won't holden and ford stick a diesel in their sedan?
    • Mike Stevens
      Mike Stevens [TMR] says,
      5 years ago

      When we spoke with Ford yesterday, there was a general acknowledgement that diesel is becoming a major player in the Australian market, and that's obviously driven the push to get a diesel into the Territory - particularly as diesel models now make up around 40 percent of private SUV sales in Australia.

      As for sedans, the rate of private sales in January this year was 26,146 petrol to 1388 diesel.

      Of course, it's likely fair to say that a good portion of petrol sales could very well be occurring simply because buyers want that brand and model of car, would prefer it in diesel, but will take it in petrol.
  • PeterG says,
    5 years ago
    DesEng "best in class".... eh ...jumping the gun just a tad aren't we?
    The Territory is not even released nor tested and compared.
    As a tow vehicle the new Cherokee especially the V8 will probably be better.Lets wait and see.
    • DesEng says,
      5 years ago
      Designed, benchmarked and PROVEN! (Yes before release)
      • PeterG says,
        5 years ago
        PROVEN against what?!!!!!
        The past not the future no doubt

  • 288gto
    288gto says,
    5 years ago
    Soccer Mums are gonna love this!!
  • Clint says,
    5 years ago
    Interesting,,,,,,, No mention that this car CAN NOT get any form of frontal protection (bulbar/nudge bar)...

    And on the front R/H side there will be a "fuel cooler" (diesel only) that can not be covered in any way. (so a form of radiator right at the front down low) so when you go off road, or out in the country side were you may come across derby, dust, bugs etc it'll block up.
    This is not going to concern most buys but for where i am we average several radiators/condensers/inter-coolers extremal blocked.

    Up side, as i said most will never see "off road" or even out back country, so it looks great and has some great gear running it.

    Tocam, as for Australian "poor reliability" i have to disagree. I have seen my far share of poor Japanese reliability. At leas with Ford, for most it is a easy fix and Ford are well backed with parts. As for some overseas manufacturer i can say (with experienced) that the faults are not as common and parts are rarely in Australia leaving you (in some cases) several weeks without your car.

  • Mal Davis says,
    3 years ago
    I had a TS 2004 AWD from new was very happy with it towing my caravan. Upgrade caravan still OK but van was heavier. Upgrade to new SZ TX AWD 12 months ago.
    Very pleased with it 8.5 L/100K solo at State speed limits, 14.2 L/100k towing caravan at 90ks/hour. over all since purchase 12.1 l/110k.
    Handles the van very well in all areas, power stability etc, judging by my experience i don't think any boby would dissatisfied with a Diesel Powered Ford Territory.
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