After years of rumors, it’s finally been confirmed that the Ford Edge mid-size crossover will begin sales in Australia, replacing the similarly-positioned Ford Territory there.
Australian website Drive reports that there will be a bit of a lapse between the switchover; the Territory will cease production in October when all Australian plants shutter their doors for good, while the Ford Edge won’t begin selling until some time in 2018, says Ford Australia President and CEO Graeme Whickman. He wouldn’t disclose the reason for the delay, but Drive believes that it may be to allow for a forthcoming mid-cycle product refresh.
The Ford Edge has already been adapted for right-hand drive models, as the mid-size crossover broke into the UK market just earlier this year. The outgoing Territory model differs significantly from the global Ford Edge in that it offers both two-row and three-row seating – a feature currently offered only on the Chinese-market Edge. To better serve the Australian market, it’s possible that a third row version could be extended there, possibly reaching additional markets.