Last week we saw the final version of the Falcon rear-wheel-drive sedan
that Ford plans to build in Australia until it finally winds up production there in 2016
. Today, we have our first look at the car’s SUV sibling, the Territory, which is destined to be the last volume SUV built Down Under.
Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] will launch its latest Territory and Falcon models in the Australian and New Zealand markets this November. Since both vehicles will be in production for just two years, they’re only updates of the current models already on sale for the past several years.
Like the updated Falcon, the updated Territory features new front and rear sections. The vehicle features a bold grille and headlight execution that the designers say hint at the look of Ford’s global SUV lineup. Although the interior hasn’t been revealed yet, some additional updates are expected here.
Powertrain details are yet to be confirmed but it’s almost certain the units available in the current model will carry over. This means a standard 4.0-liter in-line six and an available 2.7-liter V-6 turbodiesel. A six-speed automatic should be standard, and buyers should continue to have the choice of rear- or all-wheel-drive configurations.
Helping to explain why production has proven unviable for Ford in Australia (and for Holden
, too), the automaker has sold just 155,000 examples of its Territory SUV since the vehicle first went on sale a decade ago. In its best year, just 23,454 were sold.