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.

Two teens front court after stealing car and setting it on fire

Premium Content Two teens front court after stealing car and setting it on...

TWO 15-year-old boys fronted the Roma District Court after they stole a car from...

Car thief targeted elderly Chinchilla local, stopped with spikes

Premium Content Car thief targeted elderly Chinchilla local, stopped with...

TOOWOOMBA teen allegedly targeted an elderly resident, stole their car before...

46C! State to fry as heat records tumble

Premium Content 46C! State to fry as heat records tumble

Heat records will be broken in Queensland this week