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Ford Endura 2018 confirmed as Territory successor

The Edge will be known as the Endura – short for 'Endurance' – in Australia due to a trademark dispute with Toyota.

Ford Australia has confirmed its successor for the locally built Territory, with the Endura large SUV set to arrive in the fourth quarter of next year packing five seats and diesel power only.

Known as the Edge in other markets, the Endura – short for 'Endurance' – shares its 'E' nomenclature with Ford's other SUV models – the compact EcoSport, mid-size Escape and large Everest.

The name change was prompted by Toyota Australia, which refused Ford's request to use the Edge nameplate given it had adorned special editions of the Corolla, Yaris and RAV4 from 2000 to 2009.

Right-hand-drive production of the upgraded Edge will not commence until the second half of 2018.

The second-generation Edge has been on sale overseas since 2015, but Ford Australia is opting to wait for its mid-life facelift before launching it Down Under.

Expected to be revealed at the Detroit motor show in January, the model update will likely include a refreshed look, mechanical tweaks and a new eight-speed torque-convertor automatic transmission to replace the current six-speed 'Powershift' dual-clutch unit.

Right-hand-drive production of the upgraded Edge will not commence until the second half of 2018.

While the Territory offers five- and seven-seat configurations, as well as petrol and diesel engines, the Endura will exclusively make do with five seats and a diesel power.

Ford has elected to not expand upon these details any further, but the 2.0-litre 'Duratorq' four-cylinder powerplant employed in the United Kingdom is almost a certainty. It is available in two states of tune – 132kW/400Nm or 160kW/450Nm.

Petrol powertrains from Ford's 'EcoBoost' family are offered in North America but will not make their way Down Under – for now.

Similarly, a seven-seat, 70mm-longer Edge is built by Ford in China, but the Aussie version will be manufactured in Canada, where only five-seat examples are produced.

This will could become a disadvantage for the Endura as its hot-selling rivals – including the Toyota Kluger, Mazda CX-9, Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento – all offer seating for seven. Furthermore, the seven-seat Holden Acadia is also preparing to enter local showrooms in 2018.

SUVs have outsold passenger cars in Australia this year for the first time ever.

Endura pricing and specifications will be revealed closer to its launch, but the model is rumoured to start in the mid-to-high $40,000 bracket (before on-road costs) with four variants available.

SUVs have outsold passenger cars in Australia this year for the first time ever, tallying 384,469 units against 376,335 examples respectively to the end of October, with Ford commanding only 2.9 per cent of the local SUV market.

Specifically, Territory sales have declined steadily following the end of Ford's local manufacturing operation in October 2016, with 1748 units sold through the first 10 months of 2017.

Comparatively, 6014 examples found homes during the same period in 2016, representing a 70.9 per cent decrease in sales, which was expected as stocks began to dry up.

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