For 2015, the Territory ‘SZ MkII’ range will kick off $3000 cheaper at $36,990 for the TX RWD petrol model.
Similar savings can be found right through the updated range, with a whopping $6500 cut from the up-spec Titanium RWD petrol model - now priced at $48,490.
Likewise, the diesel-powered Titanium RWD is now $6320 more affordable at $51,740, while the top-shelf Titanium AWD diesel has fallen $3250 to $56,740.
While not as extensively refreshed as its Falcon stablemate, the 2015 Territory also boasts a number of technology and trim updates.
There’s a new darkened look to the dash and centre stack, and Ford’s new SYNC2 system is also on-board.
Owners will also now have access to ‘Karen’, an Australian-accented audio guide that responds to voice commands.
In both the Territory and the updated 2015 Falcon sedan, Karen has the ability to respond to driver commands and demands, from “find a car park” to simply “I’m hungry”.
Ford has also confirmed a number of new features for the 2015 Territory range, in response, it says, to strong customer feedback.
The 2015 model spread will be:
- TX: three models - RWD petrol, RWD diesel, AWD diesel
- TS: three models - RWD petrol, RWD diesel, AWD diesel
- Titanium: three models - RWD petrol, RWD diesel, AWD diesel
Engine options will again include a 195kW/391Nm six-cylinder petrol and a 140kW/440Nm TDCi diesel, the latter now accounting for more than half of all Territory sales.
Standard on all models will be the following:
- Emergency Assistance
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Rear reversing camera
- SYNC2 with 8’’ integrated colour touch screen
- Voice control system developed in partnership with Nuance
- iPod/iPhone connectivity
- Digital Radio (DAB+)
- Two x USB ports, SD card slot and Auxiliary jack
- Dual antenna system
- Wi Fi hot spot
- New alloys
Top-shelf Titanium models also pick up rain-sensing wipers for 2015.
The updated 2015 Territory range goes on sale later this year.
Ford's big local SUV will be axed in 2016 when Ford closes down its Australian manufacturing arm, but the Territory has proven popular since its 2004 launch with more than 155,000 units sold locally.
The peak sales year for Territory was 2005 when 23,454 were sold.
Ford’s large SUV future beyond the Territory remains cloudy, although the recently unveiled Edge SUV is one potential contender for its replacement.
PRICING (excluding on-road costs)
- TX RWD petrol - $36,990 (down $3000)
- TX RWD diesel - $40,240 (down $3000)
- TX AWD diesel - $45,240 (down $3000)
- TS RWD petrol - $41,740 (down $6000)
- TS RWD diesel - $44,990 (down $6000)
- TS AWD diesel - $49,990 (down $6000)
- Titanium RWD petrol - $48,490 (down $6500)
- Titanium RWD diesel - $51,740 (down $6320)
- Titanium AWD diesel - $56,740 (down $3250)