The Ford Territory Titanium is perhaps one of the coolest-looking compact crossover SUVs in the market today. With its muscular wheel arches, signature Ford mesh grille, quad-LED headlamps, panoramic moonroof, prominent rising belt lines that run all the way to the rear, plus those mean-looking 18-inch wheels, who would not fall in love with this latest offering from the Blue Oval brand?
Undeniably, styling is important to new car buyers—one of the key reasons they’re driving what they own today. And why not? It’s the vehicle they will first see before leaving their house and the same one they will look for in the parking lot as they head back home.
Indeed, the P1.31 million Ford Territory Titanium is an automobile that was primarily designed from the heart, reflecting its target buyers’ sense of style, their personality, their personal values, or all three of these things.
And yet, the Territory Titanium is easily recognizable as a Ford product, thanks to the input of the company’s design studio in Melbourne, Australia. To make the Territory Titanium a true global vehicle, testing and validation were done in both the famous Geelong Proving Grounds in Australia as well as in Nanjing, China.
From urban drive to longer trips
The result is a crossover SUV that is perfect for urban drives and a good companion for long trips thanks to its charming driving demeanor, interior comfort, sound insulation and premium feel.
The engine itself, co-developed by Dunton Campus, Ford Britain and Jiangling Motors of China, is a 1.5-liter EcoBoost (a turbocharged in-line 4 gasoline variant) that generates 141 horsepower and 225 Nm of torque. Paired to a Sport Mode-equipped CVT, the engine provides an excellent balance of power, torque and fuel economy.
With such a well-balanced engine, Ford made sure the Territory Titanium’s occupants will be provided with the most comfortable, quiet escape from the pressures of the daily grind. To make such daily driving an absolute breeze, Ford started with equipping the Territory Titanium with MacPherson strut suspensions in front and multi-link independent suspensions at the rear. Dialled in to soak up bumps and other imperfections in the road—including occasional potholes—This set up is also paired to strategically placed sound deadening materials in order to create the most relaxing cabin ride for all occupants.
Considering the long hours occupants may spend inside the Territory Titanium while in traffic or during long drives, Ford created the most luxurious interior in its class meant to impress even the most demanding buyers. Complementing the Territory Titanium’s perforated leather seats (the two in front even offer have adjustable settings to warm or cool the seat surface) are advanced dashboard design that include an instrument cluster that boast a 10-inch Full Digital Display with 3 Selectable Themes as well as an intuitive 10-inch In-Vehicle Infotainment System that lets one control the audio, air conditioning, ambient lighting, settings and other functions effortlessly. This Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible system features a Quad View that can be customized to adjust the size of each quadrant based on the preference (25 percent, 75 percent or 100 percent viewing modes) of the driver.
Aside from four USB ports (one for data and three for charging) the Territory Titanium also supports Wireless Phone Charging so a compatible mobile phone stays powered up and connected.
The Territory Titanium also comes with Ford Co-Pilot 360, a collection of advanced driving assistance systems that include forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic forward emergency braking, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic warning, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assistance, automatic high-beam headlights, and a reversing camera. It is also equipped with an electronic parking brake system that provides more consistent brake engagement as well as keeps the Territory Titanium stable should the driver need to stop at high speeds.
Completing all these cool features is the Territory Titanium’s panoramic moonroof that offers convertible-style experience for all the passengers.
Despite the global pandemic that changed consumer’s behavior when it comes to car buying and mobility, Ford is finding itself fortunate to have the right package at the right time. Since its launch in August 2020, the Territory has been Ford’s second best-selling nameplate next to the Ranger pickup truck. Its sleek and stylish look combined with feature-rich infotainment, connectivity technology, advanced safety offerings that are usually seen in more expensive vehicles, have become a consistent deal breaker for consumers wanting to have safer travel for themselves and their families.
For these new car buyers having the Ford Territory Titanium is creating their own safety bubble as well as the most comfortable haven while on the road.
Charles E. Buban is an old timer in the Philippine automotive journalism scene. He first started covering the automotive beat in 2003, writing news and reviews of new models and car tech, among other car-related stuff. When not writing about cars, he could often be seen riding his mountain bike or doing long walks in the hope of catching a couple of legendary Pokemons.