Another Chinese-made crossover has entered the Philippine market. This time, though, the vehicle carries a familiar American badge.
This is the Ford Territory, a product of the American car manufacturer’s joint venture with Jiangling Motors Corporation . The vehicle was first introduced at the 2018 Chengdu Auto Show and has since been exported to markets outside the People’s Republic, including Brazil, Argentina, and now, ours.
Locally, the Territory packs a 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine capable of 141hp between 4,500-5,200rpm and 225Nm of torque between 1,500-4,000rpm. This comes paired with a CVT, and this setup will be carried by both the Territory Trend and Titanium+. Both variants have 180mm of ground clearance.
You can check out the vehicle’s complete prices and variants below:
2020 Ford Territory
- Ford Territory 1.5L EcoBoost Trend – P1,179,000
- Ford Territory 1.5L EcoBoost Titanium+ - P1,299,000
Some of the niceties the top-spec Territory Titanium+ gets include 18-inch alloy wheels (the base unit get 17-inch ones), chrome exterior bits, rain-sensing wipers, a 10-inch digital instrument cluster, ambient lighting, power seats for the driver, and safety tech like autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, and a blind spot information system. All units, however, come with a large 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Design-wise, the Ford Territory fits in relatively well with the rest of the brand’s local lineup. A bold-looking face and muscular shoulders help lend the crossover a relatively macho vibe, while the rear—with all of its angles and modern taillight design—is arguably the edgiest for a local Ford yet.
This is a pretty good fit for Ford’s local lineup, offering buyers a more spacious alternative to the long-running EcoSport subcompact crossover. Do you think this vehicle will help eliminate the stigma associated with vehicles manufactured in China? Let us know in the comments.