Ford Australia confirms production of the Territory will end in “early 2017”, with the Edge arriving “about a year after”. We suspect this will give some time for Ford to sell off any remaining Territory models in the yard.
It’s unknown if Ford Australia will retain the Edge name which is adopted overseas. Ford says the exact naming will be confirmed closer to its launch. Maybe it will be called Territory?
Also new for the update is a 1.5-litre TDCi turbo-diesel engine. It’s unknown at this stage if this unit will make it to Australia, however, in Europe it produces 88kW and offers a combined cycle fuel consumption of just 4.4L/100km.
To further bolster the company’s SUV lineup Ford will be introducing a five-seat version of the ute-based Everest SUV. Currently only available with seven seats, the five-seat model is set to provide buyers with a more affordable version of the SUV while also opening up slightly more cargo space.
In the first half of this year, the Ranger ute-based Everest seven-seater was the second best selling ‘proper 4×4’ – behind the top-selling Prado — in the large SUV sector, in which the Territory was the fifth most popular car-based model behind the dominant Kluger.
“But we have a long-term plan. For example, when I started, Focus was sixth in segment. Now it’s third. The feedback I get from dealers is that Focus [upgraded last year] has become a strong product and I feel like we’re finally on the front foot with it. It’s a long haul and we’ve got to keep working.”