After three years of rumours Ford has finally confirmed the Edge will replace the Territory in its Australian SUV range. However, it will be another two years before the Edge actually hits showrooms.
Ford Australia boss Graeme Whickman announced this week that the Edge will not go on sale down under until 2018, approximately a year after sales of the locally-made Territory are expected to finish.
Ford Australia’s decision to hold out on the Edge, a vehicle that has already launched in left-hand-drive markets in 2014, is also curious given that a Canadian-built five-seat right-hand-drive version of the SUV is already on sale in Britain.
However, the carmaker is believed to be sitting on the Edge so that it can potentially launch it here with a fresh mid-life update to what will be a four-year-old vehicle, as well as adding a seven-seat spin-off of the vehicle (pictured, below) that is currently only made for, and sold in, China.
Ford Australia will be hoping for big things from the new-look Kuga. The current model has seen a 6.7 per-cent increase in sales year-to-date (YTD), up from 2585 at the end of July last year to 2757 in 2016, but that figure represents just 3.5 market share in the segment.
By comparison, the ever-popular Mazda CX-5 holds 18.2 per cent of the segment with 14,526 sales YTD – although that’s down slightly from 14,712 and 20.6 per cent for the same period last year.