China’s first fully electric vehicle from Ford is a Territory... Except, the car attached to the Aussie nameplate isn’t built Down Under and won’t be sold here, either.
Instead, the upcoming Territory EV is a mid-size SUV-based electric car destined for the Chinese market and will go on sale by the second half of this year.
Forming part of the “Ford China 2.0” plan, the Territory EV is a joint venture with Jiangling Motors (of which Ford has commissioned to build the electrified SUV).
The Territory’s NEDC range is quoted at a respectable 360km, although further details on the powertrain’s specification are yet to be detailed.
Designed for “young urban families”, the Territory EV’s exterior gains a hero colour, Indigo Blue, as well as C-shaped daytime running lights and a hexagonal honeycomb grille with “golden copper” detailing. The carbonfibre “fan blade” wheels also marry form with function.
Inside there’s a 10.25-inch colour touchscreen for the infotainment with a host of soft-touch materials to create an upmarket feel. The boot floor is also flat to aid practicality.
Globally, there are plans to introduce a Mustang-esque all-electric SUV with a 600km range by 2020, a next-gen Escape SUV plug-in hybrid, and the Transit van will have a pure-electric offering by 2021.
It’s all part of Ford’s new energy plan, with the company pledging to invest USD$11b (AUD$15.8) into accelerating the development of new energy vehicles by 2022.
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