... 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..