l have just finished reading the June edition of Wheel mag which has a pretty comprehensive write up on the RWD and AWD Territory. To say they raved about it would be an understatement, they simply state its "the best passenger model ever designed and produced in Australia" That's high praise indeed.
Its a vehicle that 12 months ago l wouldn't have looked twice at, but after reading the articles and looking at the pics l must admit l am seriously interested. With 3 young kids l guess l am very much target market. The optional 3rd row of seating giving a 7 seater really appeals, as does the huge rear load area and additional interior space. It seems Ford have gone to great lengths to optimise ergonomics and practicality. The 3rd row of seats fold up and down easily, the second row of seats split 60/40 and even has fore/aft adjustment, the rear tailgate splits etc. On road dynamics are claimed by Wheels to be better than the Falcon, quieter, smoother and more refined. In fact they reckon it matches or surpasses the BMW X5. That's some achievement. The RWD Ghia is under 50 grand which amazingly is less than a Fairmont Ghia with near identical spec!
Some of the downers are its auto only at this stage with no mention of manuals planned in the future. This l could live with l guess. The lightest RWD version still exceeds 2 ton. Fuel economy on the road test averaged around 13.7lt/100 which is reasonable but nothing to brag about. Other than that, l cant see too many other significant negatives.
So my question is, who is buying or at least considering buying one in the next year or two?
Personally l love the idea of the Territory but couldn't live with the performance of the standard model. As JC has posted on the forum previously, GP has confirmed there will be an FPV turbo version around 270kw, now that l would seriously consider buying. Apparently the R7 concept that did the show rounds in 2002 is representative of what FPV may come up with and l must admit it looks the goods. If its released and comes in around $70k with hopefully a 5 spd auto, l don't think our next car will be a Falcon.