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A diesel-powered Territory will finally give Ford's new SZ range access to the 40 per cent of SUV buyers who opt for oilburners ...

... as the company pushes its fuel economy credentials. With it will come a boost in sales that should help the Blue Oval regain ground on the likes of the Holden Captiva and Toyota Kluger.  And the 2.7-litre six-cylinder turbodiesel is a smart unit putting out 140kW/440Nm.

It is being positioned as the top-spec Territory and is the only engine in the SZ models to be matched to Ford's all-wheel drive system.  It also comes with it a 2700kg towing capacity, 400kg up on the 4-litre in-line six-cylinder petrol variants.

Yesterday's technical briefing comes ahead of the vehicle's launch next month. Ford still won't discuss prices but says work on the drivetrains, steering and supension and noise suppression will impress new and returning Territory buyers.

Diesel buyers will find the 210kg engine weighs the same as the petrol version, but sits on a new subrame with engine mounts specifically made to minimise vibration and an engine shield that cuts diesel clatter and improves the SUV's aerodynamics.

The active transfer case has a clutch that disengages torque at idle and the latest Bosch v9 control system now has rollover mitigation software and engine brake control maps calibrated for the diesel.

The result means the rear-wheel drive diesel Territory has a claimed fuel use of 8.2 litres/100km and the AWD diesel does 8.8 litres. The petrol six has also been improved and is now down to 10;6 litres/100km..

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  • Agree with you William C. Drove one today and was very impressed with the quietness of the diesel engine. Also drove the Kia Sorrento. Kia was much noisier in terms of diesel engine noise heard inside the cabin, but internal fittings were better quality that the Ford, even in the Titanium. Don't know which one to pick - but leaning towards the Ford.

    Jason S of Sydney Posted on 23 August 2011 8:45pm
  • Driven one and love it, very smooth, extremely quiet, you have no idea it's a diesel from inside the cabin, even the starter motor sounds more like one from a petrol engine, rather than from a truck... good job Ford

    William C of Victoria Posted on 20 August 2011 3:08pm
  • The 2.7 is NOT old tech, they still use it in the current model LandRover Discovery 4. Thick!

    mannix Posted on 12 July 2011 9:55am
  • So 'new' territory will have old tech 2.7 V6 diesel 140kw and 440nm, so why then is the new "Aussie" designed Ranger coming out with a more powerful 3.2 I5 diesel with 147kw and 470nm - come on Ford you could have plugged territory into current global engine plans but took way too much time and money trying to engineer old tech engine for territory! always off the mark and too late! what about a deisel falcon ute - you have already engineered it for the territory engine bay? as for xr8 - forget it - will just be a rebadged fpv gs - Yes?

    J H of Melbourne Posted on 06 July 2011 5:07am
  • i'm still not sure i believe this

    mylenefa Posted on 11 June 2011 7:49pm
  • Man o man ... whinge whinge whinge, the Territory has had issues like Holden / Toyota / etc-etc in fact open your eyes folks. (They all have !!) This wagon is currently a very very good Aussie Made vehicle, the new one with a Diesel - will be better on paper, hopefully on the road too. C'mon, the new 6 Speed auto in Petrol RWD will be a Huge improvement for fuel economy. Seriously ... get your head out of the sand & be proud to at least consider driving Aussie built !!

    G B of Briz Vegas Posted on 18 March 2011 10:09am
  • All we need now is the Territory to have decent 4WD suspension and a lift kit to give an Aussie alternative to the imported 4WDs.

    Jim C of Central Coast NSW Posted on 15 March 2011 7:35pm
  • They shouldve introduced this car years before... The Turbo version should not have been approved... that former CEO that introduced it over the diesel should get a big kick out the door.

    phuong Posted on 15 March 2011 2:31pm
  • Do the crappy inside doorhandles still pull off the new Territory, when you go to shut the door? The proof of the pudding is in the number of repeat Territory buyers. There's a lot of Territory buyers who won't buy another one, even despite a diesel option.

    Ron N of Perth, W.A. Posted on 15 March 2011 11:38am
  • I think people who live in Melbourne especially Glen Waverly, should be heavily penalised since a car in stop start heavy traffic actually uses more fuel than a 4WD. Their environmental irresponsibility is exacerbated by their refusal to use much more eco friendly alternatives that are readily available to them.

    G of Rannistan of Rannistan Posted on 12 March 2011 5:24pm
  • Sounds good. Time to get their quality sorted and I might even think about buying one. The best performance in the world is no good when bits keep breaking.

    Gerry J Posted on 11 March 2011 10:56am
  • The level of engineering work that has gone into this new model is really impressive. The opposition should be scared, not to mention all the talk about this new car.

    Real Shak of The Shack Posted on 10 March 2011 10:41am
  • Hmmmm. Re Mada's comments. No mention of curtain airbags in the Cars Guide story. Yet your comments were posted on a Fairfax motoring site. Highly suspicious. Do you work for a rival car company? I'm beginning to think these comment forums are driven by the industry and not bona fide readers.

    Anton of Northcote Posted on 10 March 2011 9:51am
  • A diesel engined Territory is long overdue. The decision to drop the petrol 4WD variant is a another mistake by Ford though, as is not offering this engine in the Falcon.

    Jim C of Sydney Posted on 10 March 2011 8:43am
  • Now all Ford has to do is fix all the other issues with the Territory: ball-joints dying young, brake issues, general patchy quality control.....

    shebs Posted on 09 March 2011 10:48pm
  • Still no curtain airbags for the kids third row seats. Family safety obviously not important for Ford.

    mada of Northcote Posted on 09 March 2011 8:27pm
  • Shouldn't it be the time to make it mandatory to have all 4WD over certain weights to be run only on diesel? Those Toorak tractor using > 16 litre/100km in urban driving should be penalised for their environmental irresponsibility. FORD has been very slow in bringing in the diesel model and it's just a shame for their lack of vision while playing catch-ups.

    Zes Maniac of Glen Waverely Posted on 09 March 2011 6:25pm
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