The arrival of the new Territory heralds Ford’s entrance into the five-seater small sport utility vehicle segment with a stylish and compelling package that provides exceptional space, comfort, smart technologies and safety.

“The Territory is an exciting addition to our South African line-up, with a modern design and advanced technologies that will appeal to young, smart and connected customers,” says Doreen Mashinini, General Manager for Marketing at Ford South Africa.

“With a commanding presence on the road, exceptional space and practicality inside, and an extensive range of high-tech features, we expect the Territory to be a popular addition to the fast-growing small SUV segment in South Africa,” Mashinini says.

Progressive design

The new Territory features Ford’s ‘Progressive Energy in Strength’ design philosophy, which embodies three fundamental design principles: commanding, agile, and responsive.

From front to back, a strong shoulder line enhances the power and progressive energy of the new Territory’s contemporary design language. The elements in the body and rear of the vehicle emphasize 3D floating graphics and represent youthfulness and energy. Innovative LED lighting technology is used for the headlamps and 3D taillights, giving this model a unique and distinctive identity.

The Territory’s front-end is framed coast-to-coast by the integrated grille and LED daytime running lights, creating a signature light effect. The strong corners with integrated main lamps enhance the new Territory’s look of readiness, purpose, and stability.

From the side, the Territory appears highly expressive. Its sculpted body side, combined with the sharp crease that runs under the beltline and the powerful rear haunch, lend a dynamic aesthetic and sense of agility. Attractive alloy wheels across the range continue this theme, with 18-inch versions on the Ambiente and Trend derivatives, and 19-inch rims on the range-topping Titanium.

The panoramic moonroof is finished off by a floating rear-pillar graphic adding to the streamlined look of the vehicle in profile.

Advanced technologies

At the centre of the new Territory experience is a panoramic display that integrates a 12.3-inch high-definition digital instrument cluster on the Titanium model, or a 7-inch TFT cluster with primary analogue gauges on the Ambiente and Trend.

Across all models a 12.3-inch landscape infotainment touchscreen is nestled into the soft-touch instrument panel. It can be operated by the user’s finger or a rotary controller on the centre console and helps to declutter the cabin by moving many vehicle controls onto the screen.

On the safety front, all Territory models are equipped with an extensive range of standard driver assist and collision mitigation features, including Electronic Stability Control with Traction Control, Emergency Brake Assist and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Hill Launch Assist, Hill Descent Control and Ford’s Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). A total of six airbags are provided, comprising dual front side, and curtain airbags. Vehicle security is taken care of with the smart key Passive Entry and Passive Start (PEPS), supported by a Thatcham-grade alarm system and immobiliser.

Additionally, the Titanium model gains the Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Forward Collision Warning with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure Warning and Lane Change Assist. It also boasts a Traffic Jam Assistant, Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) and Adaptive Cruise Control.

Refined EcoBoost performance

The new Territory is powered by a 1.8-litre four-cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost petrol engine that delivers a superb blend of performance and efficiency. It produces 138kW of power matched to a substantial 318Nm of torque.

The EcoBoost engine, which has Auto Start-Stop across the range, is matched to an advanced seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) that delivers exceptional responsiveness and performance while maximising fuel economy. In keeping with the high level of technology deployed in the Territory, gear selection is by means of a rotary e-Shifter located in the centre console, in combination with an electronic parking brake.

Drive is delivered to the front wheels with four Selectable Drive Modes available, comprising Normal, Eco, Sport, or Mountain to optimize power, torque, and fuel efficiency according to the driving conditions. This is complemented by handy driver assist technologies such as Hill Launch Assist and Hill Descent Control for optimal control on steep gradients.