Ford Territory has been sold in Australia, but it is going to be replaced by the newly-named Endura which is going to arrive in late 2018. According to the sources, Ford Australia has debated between two names – Endura and Equator – but have selected the first option, whereas the nameplate will be officially announced in the following weeks.
It is too early to talk about the price tag of the new Endura since the arrival of the new car is still a year away. The reason for this delay is because the company’s Australian branch is waiting for a mid-cycle refresh of the Edge, which is the name of the car in Europe and the US.
Meanwhile, we expect to see the modified Endura/Edge model at the Detroit Motor Show early next year as the company is looking to improve the design of both front and the rear end of the vehicle and install new technologies. Among other changes, we will probably see a new 10-speed automatic transmission as well.
Furthermore, Ford Australia is waiting for Ford Canada to produce a seven-seat Edge, which is only assembled in China at the moment. The carmaker’s three-row Edge, whose length is 4850mm, is about 70mm longer than the five-seater version. Adding the third bench is important to increase sales in the Australian market as the new Endura is going to compete against Holden Acadia, Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Kluger and Hyundai Santa Fe.
It is essential to note that Ford Endura arrives in Australia only as a seven-seat model, while the starting price is expected to be under $50,000, but above the Escape’s $28,490. The Endura’s engine range is a mystery at the moment, but perhaps some of the units used to power the Edge in Europe and the US could be carried over. These powerplants are naturally-aspirated 3.5-liter petrol and turbocharged 2.7-liter petrol V6. On the other hand, this vehicle might be offered only with diesel engines and the most likely will be a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel good for 154 kW and 450 Nm.
Compared to the Ford Everest, which is an off-road vehicle, the new seven-seat crossover wagon will have a significantly lower towing capacity, lower fuel consumption and there will be no dual-range transmission. In the meantime, the latest tech will be installed, including autonomous emergency braking, leather trim, rear entertainment system, SYNC3 infotainment unit with 10.1-inch color LCD screen and panoramic glass roof.
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