Lately, Ford Philippines has been focusing its resources on crossovers, SUVs, and pick-ups. Most recently, they had just launched the F-150, but they’re not quite done yet.
Just over a week ago, Ford Philippines announced that it will be expanding its crossover range this year. The American automaker plans to do that with the upcoming Territory. It is slated to arrive next month, although the exact date has yet to be announced. What wasn’t known that time was the exact specifications... until now.
While the Territory’s badge is American, its region of origin is Asia. That’s because this crossover hails from China as it was co-developed with JMC. It will be positioned above the EcoSport and, in some ways, serve as the indirect successor of the discontinued Escape in the country. With Ford Philippines dropping sedans and hatchbacks, it appears that they are trying to hit two birds with one stone with the crossover and SUV approach.
In terms of dimensions, it could be said that it sits in the C-segment crossover category. It measures in at 4,580 mm long, 1,936 mm wide, and 1,674 mm. Those measurements bring it close to other crossovers such as the Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, and Toyota RAV4.
For the Philippines, the Territory will be available in two variants. In Ford tradition, these variants will be called the Trend and Titanium. The Trend serves as the entry-level model, while the Titanium will be the top-spec version. Both models will come with features such as ventilated seats, a 10-inch infotainment screen, wireless charging, just to name a few. Other standard features include adaptive cruise control, automatic parallel and perpendicular parking function, and multi-view cameras. Opt for the Titanium and it gains a panoramic sunroof plus 18-inch alloy wheels.
The Territory is powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine, but Ford Philippines isn’t saying just how much power it’s making. However, one quick trip to the Ford China website revealed the numbers. Power is rated at 140 PS while torque is rated at 225 Nm. Ford of China claims that it can do 15 kilometers per liter in mixed driving conditions. Shifting on the other hand comes courtesy of a continuously variable transmission. There is no all-wheel-drive option in China, so it seems that may be the case here too.
Pricing has yet to be announced but the segment it would compete in typically has prices between PhP 1,400,000 to PhP 1,800,000. But, because it would qualify for the free trade agreement and the huge economies of scale in China, Ford could end up undercutting many competitor models.
As to how much, we'll try to find out.