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.