Ford’s onslaught of 2015 model unveilings continues this week, with the first official view of a coming update to its Australian-made Territory.
Shown here in top-shelf Titanium trim, the revised seven-seater will go on sale later this year with a number of subtle styling upgrades.
Less significant than the recently revealed Falcon facelift, the refreshed Territory’s changes centre on a new front bumper with re-styled grille and new fog-light bezels.
New blade-like louvres are the focus of the redesigned grille, while new hooked garnishes frame the larger LED-replacing foglights at each corner.
Little else appears changed on the styling front, but Ford Australia boss Bob Graziano says the refreshed look brings the Territory further in-line with the company’s global styling.
“Our customers appreciate the functionality, seven-seat capability and fuel efficiency of the turbo-diesel but we also wanted to deliver a new level of visual appeal with the 2014 Territory,” he said.
“For 2014 the Territory gains a more robust, yet refined design and you won’t mistake it for anything else but a Territory,” he said.
“Visually the surfacing is more architectural and achieves a very cohesive and sophisticated look.”
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.
Full details on the updated model are still to come, although Ford has previously promised fuel consumption improvements of around five percent through transmission tweaks and revised aerodynamics.
The big 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.