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First units of new Ford Territory officially land in South Africa

The first units of the new Ford Territory officially touched down in South Africa this week.

The Blue Oval’s new five-seater SUV is scheduled to land in dealerships at the end of the month with pricing starting at R576,000 without and R590,000 with a service plan.

Available in three trim levelsthe Territory marks Ford’s re-entry into the fiercely competitive mid-size SUV segment and it’s expected to be the biggest volume mover in the automaker’s now three-strong SUV family which includes the flashy Puma and the off-road-focused Everest.

Trekking into new territories

The new Territory is coming to the domestic market in Ambiente, Trend, and Titanium specifications with a generous level of kit accompanying each one.

At the bottom, the Ambiente is shipped with keyless entry and start, a 12.3-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 7-inch digital driver’s display complemented by analogue gauges, cruise control, rear parking sensors, ABS with emergency brake assist, hill-launch assist, hill-descent control, six airbags, all-round LED lights, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The mid-spec Trend kicks it up a notch by providing automatic headlamp activation, rain-sensing wipers, vinyl seat covers, a leatherette steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, a wireless charger, a reverse camera, and an electronic tailgate.

Buyers looking to get themselves into the best that the Territory range has to offer can opt for the flagship Titanium, which additionally brings full leather upholstery, electric front seats, a twin-panel panoramic moonroof, multi-colour ambient lighting, a 12.3-inch instrument cluster, two more speakers for a total of eight, front parking sensors, chrome door handles, and exclusive 19-inch wheels.

Over and above these fittings, the pack leader is the recipient of Ford’s suite of advanced assistance technologies that comprises adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, lane-departure warning, lane-change assist, and traffic jam assist.

Under the hood, the entire Territory portfolio sports the same turbocharged 1.8-litre petrol mill generating 138kW and 318Nm.

Power is channeled exclusively to the front wheels via a seven-speed automatic gear changer in every model, and four selectable drive modes – Normal, Eco, Mountain, and Sport – optimise power, torque, and fuel efficiency according to the driving conditions.

Average fuel usage for the configuration is set at 7.0l/100km resulting in a claimed 857km range on one 60-litre tank.

Price

The South African pricing and model line-up of the new Ford Territory are as follows:

Model Price excl. service plan Price incl. service plan
Ford Territory Ambiente R576,000 R590,000
Ford Territory Trend R632,600 R646,600
Ford Territory Titanium R707,000 R721,000

Each purchase carries a 4-year/120,000km warranty and 4-year/unlimited-kilometre roadside assistance. The optional service plan starts at 4 years/120,000km.

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