Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Oil-Burner Attraction

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Oil-Burner Attraction

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Curry in a hurry

Iain Curry

AFTER much recent hype, the new seven-seat Ford Territory SUV arrived on the Sunshine Coast this week as one of the most important vehicles in Ford's line-up.

Customer demand to test the new SZ Territory has been overwhelming but Pacific Ford in Maroochydore permitted me a brief drive to assess its chances in the crowded mid-size SUV market.

Good looks, good diesel

First impressions mean plenty and the big Ford is a looker. The outgoing Territory was an attractively styled offering. Its successor continues the trend with a sharp and funky design and a Ford Ranger-esque front grille and muscled bodywork.

While the old Territory was petrol only, a new 2.7-litre common rail V6 turbo-diesel is offered, alongside a straight-six 4.0-litre petrol a with the oil-burner looking the sensible choice, with its impressive 440Nm of torque and fuel economy at 8.2 litres/100km.

On the Sunshine Coast, the drive-away for an entry-level Territory TX petrol is $44,397 a but my test vehicle weighed in at $63,946 drive away in diesel rear-wheel-drive Titanium guise. The range tops out at $69,121 for an all-wheel drive diesel Titanium.

Top spec luxury

They are not cheap but the flagship Titanium models are excellently appointed.

My Territory featured leather interior, roof-mounted DVD player, colour touch screen with sat nav, reverse camera and the all-important third row of seats.

It still feels very Ford-like inside a and not as premium as its pricier Euro rivals a but this takes little away from what is an attractive and quality cabin in the Territory.

Interior space is superb for both front and rear passengers, while a cosy third row of seats is a great option for those with small kids.

On the road

The Territory is a big car but handles and performs as well as many smaller offerings. …

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