Ford, together with its joint venture partner in China, Jiangling Motors Corporation (JMC), will launch the Territory in 2019. Here are detailed videos shot in China and Brazil (at the 2018 Sao Paulo Auto Show) showing the product.
The 2019 Ford Territory is a new 5-seat SUV targeted primarily at customers in China’s tier 4,5 and 6 cities, where Ford is seeing the greatest growth in terms of consumer disposable income. Together with JMC, it is able to reach from approval to mass production of this model in less than a year.
The reason behind the lightning fast development of the 2019 Ford Territory is that it is not a product developed from scratch. The Blue Oval, under its Emerging Market Operating Model (EMOM), used an existing model from the local market to develop this SUV. What you’re looking at, is essentially a repurposed JMC Yusheng S330. These SUVs sit on the same platform as the Range Rover Evoque rip-off Landwind X7. Needless to say, the Americanised version is the plusher vehicle.
The all-new Ford Territory is equipped with LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, panoramic sunroof, 360-degree camera, 10.25-inch HD virtual instrument cluster, heated and ventilated seats, 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system, panoramic sunroof and Adaptive Cruise Control.
Under the hood, there’s the 1.5-litre EcoBoost145 petrol engine that develops 105 kW (142.76 PS) and 225 Nm of torque. This direct injection turbocharged mill sends drive to the wheels via a continuously variable transmission. Electrified powertrain options (48V mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid) are also planned.
Ford is evaluating the Territory for Latin America, but at the moment, the new SUV is a China-only affair. Sales will commence in early 2019.