Out to shake up SUV market
Ford Australia’s high-performance arm, FPV, has launched a new hot SUV, the F6X, based on the Territory Turbo.
The car runs the F6 270 turbo, 4.0-litre DOHC, in-line six-cylinder engine, developing 270kW of power and 550Nm of torque.
The Australian designed and engineered F6X is the first non Falcon-based vehicle produced by FPV.
It extends the FPV brand into new markets.
It will go on sale here in the next few weeks; its on-sale date in Australia is February 29.
FPV says the F6X was designed for families who want a competitively priced, high performance luxury SUV.
The engine is matched to the smooth-shifting ZF six-speed automatic transmission and a full-time all-wheel drive system.
Through a unique spring and damper calibration, FPV engineers have re-tuned the ride and handling to produce a firmer sports feel.
Further complementing the performance sports suspension is an upgraded brake package featuring premium front Brembo six-piston calipers and 355mm by 32mm ventilated rotors, and rear 328mm by 26mm ventilated rotors with single piston sliding calipers.
The Alpine Silver finish on the18-inch five-spoke alloys is also exclusive to the F6X.
To match the higher engine outputs, sportier suspension and bigger brakes, FPV engineers also developed a unique Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) calibration for the F6X.
It’s designed to be not too intrusive during spirited driving, while providing great control during emergency manoeuvres.
The F6X’s active and passive safety features include four-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with traction control and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD).
Standard equipment includes side curtain airbags and dual-stage driver and front passenger airbags, a Reverse Sensing System and reverse camera.
Inside, the seats have a unique Shadow and Pumice two-tone trim, with the striking F6X logo embroidered on the adjustable head rests.
The two-tone treatment is continued through to the third row on the seven-seat variant.
The instrument cluster features the FPV logo, an engine speed red line and distinctive FPV blue illumination, while FPV scuff plates and alloy pedals add to the list of interior appointments.
Each vehicle comes with its own unique build plate mounted on the gear selector surround.
The premium Interior Command Centre (ICC), with dual zone automatic climate control and large colour screen, is finished in a unique Molten Metal accent colour, while the leather door trim inserts are finished in Pumice.
Unique F6X exterior styling cues include a high-tech front mesh grille insert with Molten Metal highlight, as well as a rear spoiler and alloy running boards with a matching body colour surround.
The exterior design also features Molten Metal accents on the front skid plate, bonnet air scoop, door mirror scalps and rear skid plate.
The vehicle features distinctive F6X 270 badging, and a unique F6X 270 stripe package is available as an optional extra.
Exterior paint colours on the F6X include Ego, Lightning Strike, Nitro, Seduce, Sensation, Silhouette, Velvet and Winter White.
New Zealand pricing for the S6X is yet to be announced.