It’s been a long time com­ing, but the Blue Oval’s new SUV will reach NZ next year, writes Rob Maetzig.

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"The Endura will be a real stand­out of­fer­ing in what is a fiercely com­pet­i­tive mar­ket."

Ford NZ man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Si­mon Rutherford.

Ford has fi­nally an­nounced its New Zealand re­place­ment for the Australian-built Ter­ri­tory SUV.

The ve­hi­cle is the Endura, a Cana­dian-built ve­hi­cle that is known in other parts of the world as the Edge, but which can’t be called that in this re­gion be­cause Toy­ota Aus­tralia has dibs on the name.

So the de­ci­sion was made to call the new SUV Endura, in keep­ing with a strat­egy of giv­ing all Ford SUVs sold in New Zealand and Aus­tralia a name start­ing with E: the small EcoSport, medium-sized Es­cape, and large Ever­est.

The new model will go on sale dur­ing the first half of next year, and will be sold in a sin­gle pre­mium sports-ori­ented ST-Line only. It will carry a rec­om­mended re­tail price of $73,990.

Ford New Zealand says the Endura ST-Line will fea­ture an en­hanced de­sign with dis­tinc­tive al­loys, body styling kit, unique badg­ing, up­graded sports sus­pen­sion, and a twin­tur­bocharged 2.0-litre diesel en­gine that will de­velop 154kW of power and 450Nm of torque.

‘‘The Endura will be a real stand­out of­fer­ing in what is a fiercely com­pet­i­tive mar­ket,’’ says Ford NZ man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Si­mon Rutherford.

‘‘While SUVs con­tinue to grow in pop­u­lar­ity, the ca­pa­bil­ity, de­sign and tech­nol­ogy that comes with the ST-Line gives the Endura an edge over its com­peti­tors and is a fan­tas­tic way for Ford to in­tro­duce the new name­plate to New Zealand.’’

The Endura will be the sec­ond ST-Line ve­hi­cle to ar­rive in New Zealand, join­ing the Mon­deo STLine due to be in­tro­duced this year.

In ad­di­tion to the per­for­mance­ori­ented pow­er­train, the Endura will boast a num­ber of pre­mium fea­tures in­clud­ing ac­tive noise con­trol and ac­tive park as­sist.

It will also have a num­ber of ad­vanced safety fea­tures in­clud­ing pre-col­li­sion as­sist with pedes­trian de­tec­tion, a cam­era- and radar­based sys­tem that can de­tect ve­hi­cles and peo­ple on the road ahead. This sys­tem can au­to­mat­i­cally ap­ply the brakes if a po­ten­tial col­li­sion is de­tected and the driver does not re­spond to warn­ings.

The Endura will also fea­ture Ford’s in­tel­li­gent all-wheel drive tech­nol­ogy as stan­dard, that seam­lessly tran­si­tions from fron­twheel drive to AWD to pro­vide a more se­cure foot­ing on the road es­pe­cially in slip­pery con­di­tions.

This AWD sys­tem mea­sures the ve­hi­cle’s trac­tion every 16 mil­lisec­onds - 20 times faster than it takes to blink - and can send up to 100 per cent of en­gine torque to the front or rear wheels.

Ford says that by de­liv­er­ing torque when and where it is needed, in­tel­li­gent AWD has min­i­mal im­pact on fuel ef­fi­ciency com­pared with per­ma­nent AWD sys­tems.

The Endura ST-Line will have a num­ber of noise con­trol de­vices. Ac­tive noise con­trol si­lences un­wanted cabin noise by cre­at­ing in­audi­ble ‘‘white noise’’ to can­cel out any un­wel­come noises. Acous­tic wind­screen glass and lam­i­nated glass on both front door win­dows will fur­ther re­duce wind noise, while un­der­body pan­els and wheel-arch lin­ers will help keep road noise down.

The new SUV will fea­ture an ad­vanced 2.6 TDCI en­gine with two tur­bocharg­ers. The pri­mary turbo works at lower speeds, giv­ing ex­tra boost when needed. The sec­ond turbo op­er­ates at higher speeds such as over­tak­ing a slower-mov­ing ve­hi­cle.

Ford NZ says lim­ited num­bers of the En­dure ST-Line will go on sale in May.


The Ford Endura STLine, due in New Zealand in May next year.


This over­seas photo of the Edge gives a side view of the ve­hi­cle we will know as the Endura.


There will be plenty of noise can­cel­la­tion tech­nol­ogy aboard the Endura.

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