Arriving in quarter two this year, the Ford Territory will be offered with three levels of trim and serve in a crucial place within the Blue Oval’s passenger vehicle hierarchy.
Arriving in South Africa to bolster Ford’s lineup of passenger vehicles, the latest Territory will serve as an attainable five-seater SUV.
“This is an important new volume seller for Ford that slots in between the Everest and Puma as we expand our presence in the fast-growing SUV segment,” says Doreen Mashinini, the general manager for marketing at Ford South Africa.
To be offered locally in three levels of trim, the model will be powered solely by a 1.8l EcoBoost petrol engine, producing 138kW and 318N.m, driving the front wheels via a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission. Four drive modes are selectable namely, Normal, Eco, Sport or Mountain, which optimises power, torque and fuel efficiency according to driving conditions. Models will also feature aids like Hill Launch Assist and Hill Descent Control.
Pricing is vague, with Ford stating the Territory will start from R610 000 for presumably the entry-level Ambiente spec; while Trend and a top-tier Titanium model are also on offer.
All models are categorised by comfort and aesthetic changes both inside and out. In addition, 18-inch alloys sit on the corners of the first two models, while larger 19-inch designs adorn the range-topping Titanium.
A panoramic moonroof is central to the Titanium’s interior, while a panoramic display integrates a 12.3-inch high-definition, digital instrument cluster. A 7-inch TFT cluster with primary analogue gauges is the difference in the Ambiente and Trend. Across all models, a 12.3-inch, landscape-orientated infotainment touchscreen, that can be touch-operated or controlled via a rotary dial in the centre console, handles media duties.
The Trend and Titanium models include wireless charging.
There are 20 storage spaces stashed around the inside of Territory, while the boot offers up to 448l of cargo volume. This can be expanded to 1 422l with the 60/40 split rear seats folding completely flat to load bulkier items. Despite being the most affordable in the line-up, the entry-level Ambiente boasts Passive Entry and Passive Start, privacy glass in the second row of seats with a rear air vent, a Bluetooth audio system capable of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and rear parking sensors.
The middle-of-the-road Trend derivative features automatic headlamps, rain-sensing windscreen wipers, a dual-zone climate system, wireless phone charging and an integrated reversing camera.
The top-tier Titanium model features chrome trim on the exterior, heated and folding side mirrors and front parking sensors in addition to the rear. On the tech side, Blind Spot Information System, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Forward Collision Warning with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Change Assis are included.
The new Ford Territory will offer seven choices of exterior colour, namely Star White Tri-coat (solid), Panther Black Metallic, True Blue Metallic, Ruby Red Metallic, Lustrous Grey, Moonlight Blue Metallic, and Crystal Pearl White Metallic Tri-coat.
On the safety front, all Territory models are equipped with Electronic Stability Control with Traction Control, Emergency Brake Assist and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, and Ford’s Tyre Pressure Monitoring System. A total of six airbags are provided, comprising dual front side, and curtain airbags.
Ford Territory pricing
- Ford Territory – starting from R610 000 including VAT.