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A more intimate look at the Ford Territory Titanium X

See what features separate it from the base Titanium variant

The Territory is now a beloved nameplate for Filipinos ever since its introduction. PHOTO BY PATTY MORATO-ROA

The Ford Territory was first introduced to the Philippine market back in 2020 as the automaker’s newest addition to its fleet, and moved in as the replacement for the discontinued Escape.

This five-seater compact crossover vehicle has done quite well for itself on our shores, selling over 25,000 units. The successor, however, is bigger, better, louder, and has gained a respectable following. It’s surpassing expectations and reinforcing itself in the local compact crossover scene, and here’s why.

The second-generation model looks even more stately. PHOTOS BY PATTY MORATO-ROA

It’s not hard to spot one on the road. The overall design commands enough attention to give motorists a second look. It’s exceedingly more striking compared to its predecessor, for sure.

The honeycomb style grille, the modern LED headlights, and the daytime running lamps (DRL) are probably the most head-turning features at first glance, which will then lead you to check out the emblem.

Oh, it’s a Ford. But is it, really?

Yes, it's made in China. Despite this, it's a solid product. PHOTO BY PATTY MORATO-ROA

Well, technically it’s a JMC-Ford—a product of China’s Jiangling Motors and Ford. However, this bit of information isn’t new. By this time, it’s an accepted fact and hardly a deterrent.

The Territory, in particular, might prove some preconceived notions wrong, and it has its attractive sporty looks and finish partly to thank for the positive attention, with or without familiar branding in place. Can’t deny that it looks good.

Having two 12-inch displays makes the cockpit look uniform and premium. PHOTOS BY PATTY MORATO-ROA

The sleek 12-inch digital instrument cluster is a noticeable upgrade from the introductory model’s seven-inch screen. Meanwhile, the 12-inch touchscreen comes equipped with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and wireless charging.

The Titanium X gets a classier two-tone cabin. PHOTOS BY PATTY MORATO-ROA

The main cabin is ambient, spacious, and well-ventilated through its dual-zone climate control system. Headroom and legroom are surprisingly generous for a compact SUV—your tall friends would be seriously impressed.

The partial leather perforated seats are inviting, suggesting relaxation from the get-go. But automatic seat adjustments are reserved only for the driver’s seat, which is a bit of a letdown in terms of the car’s futuristic winning streak.

The panoramic moonroof is a standout feature that easily elevates any car. PHOTO BY PATTY MORATO-ROA

The ultra-modern panoramic moonroof more than makes up for this, though, and so far it’s the crowd favorite among the Titanium X variant’s experiential features. In addition, the eight-speaker sound system will complete the full effect of a luxurious atmosphere throughout the ride.

It's a practical hauler for family and personal needs, too. PHOTO BY PATTY MORATO-ROA

Opting toward a more hands-free approach, the keyless entry and the automatic tailgate are just some features of the Titanium X that are designed for nothing but comfort and convenience.

The 448L boot capacity adequately satisfies the needs of an owner with a young family, and can be expanded with the folding rear seats. The conscious effort to elevate well-being and accessibility for both driver and passenger is worth giving credit where it’s due.

Get used to this dial shifter, and be sure to not accidentally change your selected gear while turning the volume up. PHOTO BY PATTY MORATO-ROA

An added difference from the predecessor is the rotary dial shifter, which gets you from Drive to Park with a switch of your fingers. This, along with the electronic parking brake button, is foreseeably driving conventional shifters and pull-levers into obsolescence.

A word of caution, though, the volume dial is situated slightly close to the rotary gear shifter, and could bring some confusion if you’re distracted. It’s probably not the biggest deal, but it’s worth taking note of.

The EcoBoost engine underneath is peppy and economical. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

So, it looks good and it’s comfortable. But the critical factor would be on the Territory’s capability. Well, it has a 1.5-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost petrol engine and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with 158hp and 258Nm.

It’s front-wheel-driven, but it’s accompanied by four driving modes (Normal, Eco, Sport, and Mountain) for a boost of performance. It’s going to get the job done whether it’s a city errand or a leisurely drive out of town.

A lot of tech to unravel in this cabin. PHOTOS BY PATTY MORATO-ROA

It comes with an ample inventory of driver-assist technologies such as a 360° camera, blind-spot monitoring, active park assist, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, automated emergency braking, lane departure warning, and collision mitigation system.

Alongside some protective features like child locks for the rear doors and Isofix anchor points, the Titanium X is loaded with much more tech in comparison with the base Titanium variant.

Ford Philippines is also backing up its product with a comprehensive warranty and roadside assistance. PHOTOS BY PATTY MORATO-ROA

If you’re still feeling cautious over the Territory’s origin story, Ford offers a warranty that will last you up to five years or 150,000km, whichever comes first.

That comes with comprehensive coverage for parts replacements and labor, and 24/7 emergency roadside assistance for peace of mind.

Given all the upgraded visuals, technical features, and details, the efforts to elevate the Territory’s status are intentional in exceeding expectations, and it’s paying off. It seems to have reinforced its position as a viable choice for an affordable but luxurious compact SUV.

Are the additional features worth it over the base Titanium variant? PHOTO BY PATTY MORATO-ROA

The improvements—and there are plenty—are hard to overlook given the price point of P1,599,000 for the Titanium X.

In terms of competition, it might come from within given that the base-model Titanium is priced significantly lower. However, it would be up to that certain demographic of consumers who want the Titanium X’s exclusive add-ons and to “own the moment.”

Patty Morato-Roa

Patty had an early career as a TV and print model. She was also immersed in the motoring world at a young age having spent her childhood around annual car shows. She has worked as an editorial assistant, and dabbles in photography as well. She’s a wife of an avid motorcycle rider and a mom of two.