The Ford Territory – a crossover that’s essentially just a rebadged version of the Equator Sport sold in China – has thus far spread to a number of other global markets, a list that includes Mexico, Vietnam, Peru, the Middle East, Brazil, and Argentina. Now, the Ford Territory is officially heading to South Africa as well, the automaker has announced, where it will rejoin a rapidly changing lineup that has also recently added a variety of Ford Everest variants and the Ford Puma.
The Ford Territory is set to launch in South Africa in the second quarter of 2024, where the five-seat utility model can be had in seven exterior colors – Star White Tri-Coat, Panther Black Metallic, True Blue Metallic, Ruby Red Metallic, Lustrous Grey, Moonlight Blue Metallic, and Crystal Pearl White Metallic Tri-Coat. Customers can also choose from one of three trim levels – Ambiente, Trend, and Titanium.
In South Africa, the Ford Territory will be sold with just one powertrain option – the turbocharged 1.8L EcoBoost engine, which in this market generates 185 horsepower and 235 pound-feet of torque. That powerplant is mated exclusively to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, which drives the front wheels. Pricing for the South African Territory starts out at R610,000 ($32,336 USD).
“The new Ford Territory was built for young, smart, and connected customers. It has a modern design and advanced technology features that deliver an exciting and progressive customer experience,” said Doreen Mashinini, General Manager for Marketing at Ford South Africa. “Our design team focused on three key areas that we felt were important for our customers when designing the new Territory. It had to have a commanding presence on the road, a sense of spaciousness inside, and smart technology that was integrated into the design. This is an important new volume seller for Ford that slots in between the Everest and Puma as we expand our presence in the fast-growing SUV segment.”