New SUV due in 2018

Ford New Zealand has announced that it will be launching the Edge in New Zealand in 2018, but the final name of the medium-sized SUV is still to be decided.

The 2018 Ford Edge

The 2018 Ford Edge

Managing director Simon Rutherford announced this week, Driven reports, that the Edge will join the EcoSport, Kuga and Everest in its new SUV lineup.

Production of the Australia-built Territory SUV is soon to end, so Ford is looking at replacements.

The seven-seater Everest is already selling as many units as the Territory, Rutherford says.

SUVs continue to dominate the local market, with a prediction that by 2018 this segment will account for more sales than passenger vehicles.

Available in North America and Europe, the Edge also looks set to also move into Territory territory. But it is not confirmed that the Edge will have its current badge when it goes on sale in New Zealand.

“Toyota owns the right to the Edge name,” Rutherford says, “so we can’t disclose what it will be at this point. We are exploring all the options, one of which is the Edge, if not a local name.”

Ford NZ has also confirmed updates to the Kuga and EcoSport.