EDGY: The Territory won't be for sale anymore come early 2017, and Ford fans will need to wait a year for a replacement based on the current global Edge SUV.
EDGY: The Territory won't be for sale anymore come early 2017, and Ford fans will need to wait a year for a replacement based on the current global Edge SUV.

Ford confirms it will offer an all-new large SUV from 2018

WITH Ford's Australian-built Territory SUV ceasing sales in early 2017, a replacement - based on the global Ford Edge - has been confirmed for 2018.  

Ford Australia said the all-new large SUV would be based on the second-generation Edge already on sale in the likes of America, Europe and China. The car we receive in 2018 will most likely be timed to coincide with a mid-life refresh/facelift of the current Edge.  

2017 Ford Edge SUV. Photo: Contributed.
2017 Ford Edge SUV. Photo: Contributed.

What it will be called on our market is unconfirmed, however, suggestions are that our versions may drop the Edge badge in favour of the more recognisable - and highly regarded - Territory nameplate.  

Ford Australia has kept local details about the incoming SUV under wraps for now, but the right-hand-drive variants sold in the UK are five-seaters, front- or all-wheel drive, come in three trim levels and feature either a single- or twin-turbo 2.0-litre diesel engine with six-speed manual or auto gearbox.   

Petrol powered four-cylinder and V6 Edges are on sale in the USA.   

Size-wise, at nearly 4.8m long the Edge is substantially longer than its Kuga stablemate, and not far off the length of the current Territory.   

2017 Ford Edge SUV. Photo: Contributed.
2017 Ford Edge SUV. Photo: Contributed. James Lipman

Ford said the new SUV's interior passenger space would eclipse the Territory's. Edges sold in China are available as seven-seaters, but it's unclear if Australia will score variants with these two extra seats.  

There's more SUV news from Ford Australia too. The aforementioned Ranger ute-based Everest will be available in rear-wheel drive later this year, and as a five-seat model in the first half of 2017.  

Such moves will reduce the price of the seven-seat 4x4 Everest - its current cost a sticking point for many potential buyers. Meanwhile, a new "more style and technology" Ford Kuga will join the SUV line-up in early 2017.  

With Australian SUV sales set to overtake passenger cars as the best-selling vehicles in the next five years, Ford's emphasis on providing a large and varied line-up of new SUVs by 2018 is timely indeed.  

2017 Ford Edge SUV. Photo: Contributed.
2017 Ford Edge SUV. Photo: Contributed.

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