After a teaser campaign and months of speculation, the next-generation 2023 Ford Territory has finally arrived in the Philippines, just three years after the first-generation model went on sale. Completely new from the ground up, the all-new Territory is now bigger, better, and more technologically advanced than ever before.
First and foremost, we have to talk about how it looks. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with how the older Territory looks, it isn’t exactly a looker either. After all, it was simply a rebadge of the Yusheng S330–a vehicle that was developed by JMC, its joint venture partner in China. This time around, the new Territory looks much better and has been upsized quite significantly.
The bolder design comes courtesy of its so-called “coast-to-coast” LED daytime running lights with separate LED headlight clusters. Eschewing the previous model’s curvaceous design is a more upright and boxier design that gives this crossover better proportions. And speaking of proportions, the Territory is a significantly bigger car than before. Whereas it used to compete in the subcompact crossover segment, it’s now right at the heart of the compact crossover segment as it now measures a little over 4.6 meters long. Two variants will be sold: Titanium and Titanium X, with the only external difference between the two being their wheel sizes–18s on the Titanium and 19s on the Titanium X.
Stepping inside the 2023 Ford Territory, you’ll notice the significantly improved design and material quality. Two screens are housed in a single glass panel, in which the Titanium has a 7-inch digital instrument cluster while the Titanium X has a bigger 12-inch instrument cluster. Both variants, however, come with a 12-inch infotainment with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless charging, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, leather upholstery, and a rotary gear knob. Meanwhile, the Titanium X benefits from a panoramic sunroof, a powered tailgate, a two-tone white and grey leather interior, along with heated and cooled front seats.
Under the hood of the new Territory is the same Mitsubishi-derived 1.5-liter EcoBoost 4G15F6C turbo gasoline engine as before, but it’s now tuned to produce 158 hp and 248 Nm of torque. This still drives the front wheels, but it now uses a 7-speed wet dual-clutch automatic.
As for safety, the 2023 Ford Territory comes as standard with a 360-degree camera system, blind spot warning, and rear cross traffic alert. Stepping up to the Titanium X adds automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, an Active Park Assist self-parking feature, and full-speed adaptive cruise control.
The 2023 Ford Territory retails for P1,335,000 for the Titanium and P1,599,000 for the Titanium X.
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