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Ford Territory 2020 goes global: China-focused SUV will now be sold in other markets

Ford's once China-only SUV will now be sold in other markets.

The new Ford Territory might have begun life as a China-only SUV, but the brand is set to increase its global footprint, confirming the Territory will be sold in Brazil and Argentina in 2020.

While the name will be only too familiar to Australian car buyers (given the Territory was the nameplate attached to the locally built SUV that found itself parked in garages across the country), Ford's new version bears no resemblance to that home-grown hero.

This one is heavily based on the Yusheng 330 built by Jiangling Motors (Ford's local partner), and will be offered in China with petrol and hybrid powertrains, as well as a full EV.

But despite the new Territory being part-developed in Ford's Melbourne R&D centre, before being built at a plant in Xiao Lan, there is no plan for it to be sold here. More than that, there is no plan for any Territory to ever be offered here, with Ford retiring the nameplate - like with the Falcon - to protect that vehicle's local legacy. 

Details are thin on the ground or now, but we'd expect South American markets to take the Territory's petrol engine: a turbocharged 1.5-litre, four-cylinder unit paired with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Top-end tech - like a 10.0-inch touchscreen and a built-in modem - also arrive on the options list.