The Ford Territory is a crossover SUV developed and manufactured in Australia and released in 2004. It rapidly became a best-seller and won the coveted Car of the Year Award of the Wheels magazine in 2004. The latest car news to feature the Territory came in August, when it was announced that the Territory would be exported to Thailand after it made an impact at the Bangkok Motor Show. Traditionally, Rangers, Fiestas, and Focuses traveled the other way. The car has also been well-received by the automotive industry, and the typical Ford Territory review describes it as “hugely popular.”
The Territory is large, but handles like a sedan, so it is both a sporty and sophisticated urban wagon for during the week and a family getaway vehicle for the weekends. It can seat five or seven adults. The Ford Territory can be rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.
The 2012 Ford Territory was the product of an extensive update to the vehicle’s appearance, both inside and out. This made the Territory’s presentation stylish and bold, in keeping with the kinetic design of Ford. Chris Svensson, the design director of Ford for the Asia Pacific and African regions, said the car looks like it’s moving even when it’s standing still.
The Territory is downright rugged. Its front uses an all-new tri-plane front end architecture. The trapezoid-shaped main grille is among the 2012 Territory’s most striking updates. The lights at the front and rear are now slimline, and their projector beam technology is another highly distinctive feature of the car. The bumper and fender have been redesigned, and the fender is now sculpted. Bold wheel lips, a lower rocker and resurfaced door cladding emphasize the Territory’s athletic disposition.
The 2012 Ford Territory has an easily-navigated advanced eight-inch color touchscreen which can be comfortably operated by the driver and passenger. There is USB, iPod, and Bluetooth connectivity, allowing virtually any device to be used. The Interior Command Center allows both front seat occupants to control air conditioning, heating, and ventilation. At its foot is an all-new storage area.
The Territory has a 1.06 gallon petrol or 0.7 gallon diesel engine which both deliver ample power and fine acceleration. The milage – 22.2mpg for the petrol engine and 36mpg for the diesel – is surprisingly low for a vehicle of this magnitude, which resolved the long-standing complaint that the Territory was unduly thirsty, a major consideration in the economy of today.
The Territory’s wheels track the contours of tarmac, so moving from gravel to dirt is virtually unnoticeable. Braking is strong and does not fade. Tire roar and wind noise have been almost eliminated in the new Territory, so the quietness of the cabin comfortably beats its closest competitors. Overall, the Territory feels considerably more expensive than it truly is.
A reversing camera, remote central locking, and powered windows and mirrors are standard, while the Titanium and TS models have sat nav. The Territory can tow 5,950 pounds, leading one reviewer to joke that it could tow a passenger liner. For safety, there are airbags to the front and side and at the driver’s knee, rollover mitigation, a collapsible steering column, hill descent stability control, traction control, and emergency brake assist.
The Territory is quieter than the BMW X5 3.00DT. Unlike the Toyota Kluger, a diesel version is available. The Territory’s engine leaves that of the Holden Captiva 7 CX in the shade. The Ford Territory has been a profound success in the years since its introduction. The new innovations of the latest model build upon a formula that was already well-designed.