There's a new compact crossover arriving in the Philippines soon, and it will come from the Blue Oval brand. Set to make its Philippine debut is the 2020 Ford Territory. Now while some might associate the Territory name to the now discontinued SUV from Australia, this particular Territory is actually new and does not hail from the Land Down Under.
Instead, the 2020 Ford Territory is a result between the joint venture of Ford and Chinese automaker JMC. You read right, Ford PH's newest crossover will be hailing from China. Once it arrives in the country, the 2020 Territory will sit above the EcoSport and serve as Ford's new compact crossover fighter.
This will be the second Chinese-made Ford model in the country after the EcoSport. This will also be the first time Ford will have a compact crossover since they discontinued the US-made Escape a few years back which in turn succeeded the locally-made Escape.
The Territory has an elongated front grille that is complemented by a sleek pair of headlights. It also has a faux skid plate up front, along with a sloped roofline which appeared to have been inspired by a certain Land Rover. The Territory also gets wraparound taillights, dual exhausts, and a tailgate spoiler. In terms of size, the Territory measures 4580mm long, 1936mm wide, 1674mm tall, and has a 2716mm wheelbase.
Inside the Territory, Ford appeared to have gone for an avant-garde look for the crossover's interior. A massive touchscreen makes its home on the center dashboard, while an array of buttons and controls sit below it. It also has a unique instrument panel that features a large rev counter and speedometer. But perhaps the Territory's most notable amenity is its huge panoramic sunroof which covers both the front and rear seats.
There are no powertrain specs yet for the PH-model Territory. More than likely, however, the 2020 Territory will be powered by a 1.5-liter EcoBoost inline-four that pushes out 163 PS and 225 Nm of torque. A choice between a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions is available for the 2020 Territory.
Ford will be launching the 2020 Territory in the country this August. But some of you might be wondering as to why Ford decided to bring the Territory to the Philippines. Our best guess is that they want to take advantage of the ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement (ACFTA).
Much like the now China-made EcoSport, any automobile that has an engine displacement of 1.5-liters or smaller are eligible for tax breaks. This means they can load up the cars on features while still making them competitively priced. In addition, the Territory will now serve as a successor of sorts to the Escape which is no longer being offered in the country.
With the Philippines the first market in the company's International Market Group (IMG) composed of nearly 100 markets around the world to offer the all-new Ford Territory, the new crossover will reinforce the company's presence in the lucrative segment in the country.