Ford continues to struggle to gain the sales numbers it had hoped for in China. However the Blue Oval has come up with a strategy to introduce as much as 50 new models in the country from now and 2025. One of the first will be the new budget friendly Ford Territory crossover. The plan seems to be making sense as it seems the world can’t have enough of crossover vehicles at this moment. This may be the vehicle that really gets the ball rolling for the automaker in the country again.
The model that we are talking about will be called the Territory — not to be confused with the SUV of the similar name for the Australian market, which is a rear-wheel drive based on the Ford Falcon. The name alone marks it as a new type of Ford SUV since its name doesn’t start with an ‘E’.
Aimed at the Chinese market, this midsize model has been constructed in conjunction with Ford’s Chinese partner JMC. Though information is scarce for now, it has been said there will be three different engines available: a conventional petrol unit, a Miller-cycle-style engine with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system attached, and a plug-in hybrid.
While JMC consulted with the automaker on what sells best in the country, the model, engineering and testing of the new Territory were noted to be all Ford-led. The vehicle will be produced in China at one of JMC’s factories.
In fact, the Chinese company may have had more to do with the construction than the American automaker is currently revealing. That’s because Car News China has informed that the Territory appears almost similar to an SUV already on sale in China called the S330, which is produced by a brand called Yusheng, which is owned by JMC.