The Ford Territory made its Philippine debut last August 2020. Ford Philippines had brought it in as its entry into the ever-competitive compact crossover segment. Size-wise, it’s a five-seater model that sits just above the Ford EcoSport. It also shares a platform with the Chinese-made Yusheng S330 crossover.
To have an edge against its competitors, the Ford crossover model comes with a lot of high-tech features. There are two variants available in the Philippines right now. The higher-spec variant is the Territory 1.5-liter EcoBoost Titanium+, and the entry-level trim is the Territory 1.5-liter EcoBoost Trend. They share the same engine and transmission, but they are a bit different when it comes to on-board features.
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So which Ford Territory should you buy? Which one can suit your needs better? Let’s find out.
Ford Territory Variants: Exterior
Starting off with dimensions, the Territory Tend and Titanium+ are identical. Both measure 4,580mm long, 1,936mm wide, and both are 1,674mm in height. Style-wise, both the Titanium+ and the Trend feature a gloss black grille. The latter variant however, comes with chrome inserts, which the Trend lacks.
The top-spec variant rides on a larger set of 18-inch alloy wheels, while the entry-level trim has 17-inch wheels. The Titanium+ also has rain-sensing wipers and a power-adjustable and power-folding side mirror. The Trend in comparison comes with standard variable intermittent wipers, as well as a pair of power-adjustable side mirrors.
The Philippine-spec Territory Titanium+
Apart from those exterior differences, both variants of the Ford crossover do get LED headlamps and daytime running lamps, LED taillights, a shark fin antenna, roof rails, a rear spoiler, and a panoramic sunroof.
Ford Territory Variants: Interior
Inside, both variants of the Territory feature similarly arranged interiors. The biggest visual difference however, is that the entry-level trim gets a smaller 3.5-inch LCD gauge cluster, while the top-spec variant comes with a larger 10-inch digital gauge cluster.
The Ford Territory's cockpit
The Titanium+ also comes standard with a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, and a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat. The Trend meanwhile, has a tilt-only steering wheel, and a 6-way manual adjust driver’s seat.
For passenger comfort, both variants of the Philippine-spec Territory are equipped with a 10-inch touchscreen headunit. It can connect via USB, Bluetooth, and it also has wireless Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. For sound, the Trend only has six speakers, whereas the Titanium+ comes with eight speakers.
Both variants come with an automatic air-conditioning system with rear vents. Both the Trend and the Titanium+ also come with perforated leather seats, illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirrors, a CN95 cabin air-filter, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror with a high mount USB port, and a push-to-start button.
It's got a spacious trunk to boot
Ford Territory Variants: Engine and Performance
Propelling both variants of the Ford Territory is a 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine. On both trims, the said engine can produce up to 141 horsepower and 225 Nm of torque. For the Ford-made crossover, power is sent to the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
The Territory's 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine
Also common on both variants is a MacPherson strut front suspension and a multi-link independent rear suspension. Braking is then handled by vented discs at the front, and solid discs for the rear. Both variants also come equipped with an electronic parking brake, and electronic power steering.
Ford Territory Variants: Safety
When it comes to safety, both the Territory Titanium+ and Trend come with what you’d expect from a modern car and more. Both have anti-lock braking with electronic brake-force distribution, hill-start assist, speed-sensing door locks, ISOFIX child seat tethers, high-mount stop lamps, and traction control. Both these trims also come standard with six airbags, smart keyless entry, a tire pressure monitor, as well as a rear parking camera.
The Territory Titanium+ however comes with a load of driver-assist features, which the Trend lacks. This includes adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning, a 360-degree view camera, lane departure warning, and a blind spot information system. Moreover, the top-spec Territory Titanium+ trim can park itself with the enhanced active park assist system.
Of note, the Trend also has cruise control, but the adaptive cruise control that’s standard on the Territory Titanium+ is much more advanced.
Ford Territory Variants: Pricing
Ford Territory Variants
Territory Trend 1.5 EcoBoost CVT
Territory Titanium+ 1.5 EcoBoost CVT
Ford Territory Variants: Conclusion
To sum it up, the Titanium+ variant is Php 100,000 more expensive than the Trend. Seeing that both of these trims employ the same mechanical bits and engines, that difference in price might account for the top-spec variant’s high-tech driver-assist and convenience features.
So, with that said, a driver that needs a bit of hand holding can make great use of what the Titanium+ is offering. Moreover, the rain-sensing wipers and the power-folding side mirrors on the top-spec trim can also do wonders in terms of convenience.
The Territory Titanium+'s adaptive cruise control is also great for long roadtrips
The Territory Trend however, provides a whole lot more than its similarly priced competitors. While it doesn’t have the fancy gadgets found on the top-spec Titanium+, it's already notable for being one of the few crossovers in its price range that comes with a panoramic sunroof, a tire pressure monitor, as well as a ten-inch touchscreen. As such, the Trend might suit people who are looking for a comfortable crossover but aren’t fond of driver-assist features.
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Know more about Ford Territory 2021
The Territory for the Philippine market is a five-seater crossover built from the joint venture between Chinese car company JMC and American multinational automaker Ford. It is positioned just above the Ford EcoSport in terms of size, and it uses a 1.5-liter EcoBoost inline-4 gasoline engine.
There are two variants for the Territory in the Philippines. The top-spec trim is the Territory Titanium+, which features active parking assist, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and other driver assist features. The second variant is the Territory Trend. This particular trim lacks the aforementioned driving features avialable on the top-spec model, but for the most part it comes standard with the same comfort features.
Cesar G.B. Miguel