The next-generation Ford Territory finally made its debut here in the Philippines. It has a new look, bigger dimensions, and packed with more features than ever before. It starts at P1,335,000 for the Titanium variant and new for this year is the Titanium X – the new top trim of this small SUV from Ford.
The Ford Territory was a crossover that defied its time. As car sales took a slump because of the lockdowns of the pandemic, the Territory became a hit when it was launched in 2020 and took over its own segment with 10,000 units sold in only two years. Surpassing this is a tall order but Ford Philippines will attempt to do so with its X-factor.
The new Ford Territory has a new look that’s unrecognizable from the outgoing model. Its front and rear are more flat, there’s a bigger grille upfront with a new lighting orientation flanking it. The DRL moved from the fog light housing to its usual position beside the grille, there’s a clearance light under it that doubles as the signal light, while the headlights moved below and now sits beside the fog light. The side profile is also a bit more tame with its straight character lines.
Ford also overhauled the cabin design for the new Territory. It still has the familiar wood trims on the dash and door panels but in front of the driver now is a unified panoramic screen that houses the digital gauge cluster and infotainment touchscreen. There’s the much wanted dedicated aircon controls, and a new premium-look-and-feel rotary shifter for the transmission. Under it is a smaller rotary knob for the volume controls of the Territory’s signature media section for the driver.
As for the size, this new Ford Territory is definitely bigger than the outgoing model. It’s 50mm longer, 32mm taller, has a 10mm longer wheelbase, and sits 10mm higher above ground with a total of 190mm of clearance.
Under the hood of the new Territory is almost the same 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine. It’s tuned differently this time and now puts out 160PS and 248 Nm of torque and comes with a Start-Stop function. They’ve also let go of the CVT for a 7-speed automatic transmission with an electronic shifter. It’s still accompanied with an electronic parking brake with auto brake hold and electronic assisted power steering.
The Territory won’t get a Trend trim this time around and starts with the Titanium variant. It doesn’t look that much different from the higher model except on the wheels with its different spoke design and slightly smaller size at 18 inches.
For its exterior amenities, it has the same features in the front end. Automatic LED headlights, LED DRL, clearance light, and fog light. At the side are automatic folding mirrors with heating and at the back are LED taillights.
The cabin will greet you with a two-tone ‘peacock blue’ and ‘domino’ gray motif on the seats, dash, and door panels. The driver gets a 10-way power adjustable seat, leather seats, and 7-inch digital gauge cluster. Other standard features include the 12-inch touchscreen with Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless charger, electronic parking brake with auto brake hold, and dual zone automatic climate control with rear air vents.
It’s also loaded with advanced safety amenities like Hill Launch Assist with Roll Over Mitigation, Hill Descent Control, Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert, Enhanced Active Park Assist, Tire Pressure Monitoring, Cruise Control, and 360-degree camera system.
As if the Titanium isn’t loaded enough, Ford sets the bar higher with the Titanium-X variant of the new Territory. Outside, it gets a panoramic sunroof with a solid cover, puddle lamps under the side mirrors, and powered tailgate with hands-free function.
The cabin is also distinct from the other variant as this one gets a white and gray interior theme. It also received additional toys like a bigger digital gauge cluster at 12.3-inches, PM 2.5 monitoring and ionizer, both front seats are ventilated, and 8 speakers (vs 6 of the Titanium.)
Safety bits are also increased as the Titanium X receives everything the Titanium has and more. This includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, Automatic High Beam, Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Aid, and Collision Mitigation System.
You can have the Ford Territory Titanium X for P1,599,000.
The new Ford Territory will be available in Lustrous Grey, Blue Metallic, Panther Black, Ruby Red (Titanium only), Star White (Titanium only), and Crystal Pearl White (Titanium X only). It comes with a 5-year warranty or 150,000km whichever comes first. You can see them in the metal at the 2023 Manila International Auto Show until April 16.