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SEVEN-SEATERS have ac­counted for the ma­jor­ity of Ter­ri­tory sales but Ford now says many Ter­ri­tory buy­ers are down­siz­ing to a com­pact SUV or switch­ing to a Ranger ute as needs change and chil­dren grow up.

It will in­tro­duce a reardrive ver­sion of the Ever­est seven-seater later this year to try to ap­peal to Ter­ri­tory cus­tomers. Apart from be­ing less car­like than the Ter­ri­tory to drive, it is ex­pected to cost sub­stan­tially more.

The Ter­ri­tory has pre­vi­ously sold for less than $40,000 and the Ever­est cur­rently starts at $53,990 drive-away. Rear-drive, five-seat Ever­ests are ex­pected to be avail­able for about $45,000 next year.

Be­fore the end of this year the Kuga com­pact SUV will get a new nose and a new look, in line with up­dates the model re­ceived overseas ear­lier this year.

Ford is un­der­stood to be plan­ning a more con­certed ef­fort with the up­dated Kuga in the boom­ing seg­ment.

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