The Ford Escape may have been discontinued for the Philippine market, but the Blue Oval has found a suitable contender for the gap that exists between the EcoSport and the Everest.

This is the 2021 Ford Territory, the automaker's newest compact crossover.

Hailing from China, the 2021 Ford Territory takes advantage of the ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement (ACFTA) and was co-developed by Ford and JMC. It now also serves as the second model to come from China following the EcoSport and is chock-full of standard amenities, and we mean full.

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Ford says the 2021 Territory was designed by Ford in Melbourne, Australia. It has a blacked-out front grille, LED headlights/taillights, and daytime running lights (DRLs). Stylish 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels are also available on the Territory, along with its distinct pair LED taillights.

If the exterior looks sleek, the interior of the Territory appears high-tech. Dominating the center of the dashboard is a 10-inch touchscreen display with SYNC 3. With it, the system comes with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, USB, and wireless charging for smartphones on the Titanium+ version.

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Leather upholstered seats are equipped as standard and can come with heating and cooling functions. On the high-end variant, the front seats are power-adjustable too. Keeping the passengers cool inside the Territory is an automatic climate control system.

Under the hood of the Territory is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine. It puts out 143 PS at 4500 - 5200 rpm along with 225 Nm of torque at 1500 - 4000 rpm. No dual-clutch or automatic transmissions here as the Territory is fitted with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Territory is front-wheel drive only. 

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A wide array of standard safety features are fitted on the Territory. These are anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, hill-launch assist (aka hill-start assist), electronic stability control, traction control, six airbags, parking sensors, reverse camera, and a tire pressure monitoring system.

Only available for the top-spec version of the Territory is the Ford Co-Pilot 360 suite of driver-assist technologies. With it, the Territory benefits from several smart features like autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with forward-collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot information system, and an active park assist system

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The all-new Territory is available in two distinct variants, 1.5L EcoBoost Trend and 1.5L EcoBoost Titanium+. The entry-level Trend retails for PhP 1,179,000 while the top-of-the-line Titanium has a sticker price of PhP 1,299,000. Both prices are introductory, and will go up to the normal SRP that Ford has yet to announce.

Available colors for the 2021 Territory include Ruby Red, Diffused Silver, and Panther Black for both variants. Serving as an exclusive color for the Trend is Star White, while the Titanium+ version can be specified with Moonstone Blue or Crystal Pearl White.

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As a special deal for those looking to buy the all-new Territory, all customers purchasing the SUV from August 14 to September 15, 2020, will get a free 3-year scheduled service plan (SSP) for a worry-free ownership experience.

Do you think the Ford Territory will sell well in our, uh, territory?