There won’t be a 2018 Ford Territory. This simple fact will come as a disappointment to many Territory owners who may have been looking to upgrade to the latest model.
The Territory won’t be making an appearance in the Australian market thanks to the 2018 Ford Endura being selected as the replacement for the venerable Falcon-based SUV.
While the Territory was loved (and loathed) by many buyers, it was built on the same factory line as the Falcon, so when Ford Australia shut down its local manufacturing operations, the Territory was consigned to the history books.
Ford wasn’t shy in announcing that the Territory would be put out to pasture, confirming that the (Ford Edge), would be the replacement. However Ford today stated that it wouldn’t be using the “Edge” name, but instead will be called Endura.
The reason Ford can’t use the Edge name in Australia is that “Edge” is owned by Toyota Australia, So in keeping with the “E” names for its SUVs, decided on the change to Endura.
The 2018 Ford Endura will be the second largest in the Blue Oval’s SUV lineup – with the EcoSport and Escape sitting underneath and the seven-seat Everest at the top rounding out the offering.
Under the bonnet you’ll find a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine which makes 154kW and 450Nm, and it will be priced at a smidge under $50K to start with.
Like the other SUVs in the range, it’s expected that the Endura will kick off with the Trend from $49,990 (plus on-road costs) and climb through Sport, Titanium and Titanium Plus models, the last of which will possibly be priced as high as $70,000 or more
For those wanting a seven seat option, they’ll have to wait, at least initially. There is a seven-seat Edge available overseas, but Ford won’t launch with that model, meaning it won’t have a direct competitor to the Skoda Kodiaq, Kia Sorento or Hyundai Sante Fe.
Expected equipment is a bit harder to judge on the low grades, however the top of the line car will likely receive leather seats, AEB, 360-degree surround camera, panoramic sunroof, and Ford’s SYNC3 infotainment system.
Safety equipment will also include radar-based cruise control, lane keep assist, lane departure warning and blind spot monitoring.