Big Tick­ets

Ford and Holden re­turn to the large SUV seg­ment with fresh new con­tenders.

Virgin Australia Voyeur - - EXEC STYLE - Words CAMERON McGAVIN

Wind the clock all the way back to 2013 and Ford’s Ter­ri­tory and Holden’s Cap­tiva 7 en­joyed a quar­ter of all large SUV sales be­tween them.

Fast for­ward to this year and nei­ther brand has even been in the fight. The Ter­ri­tory stopped pro­duc­tion in 2016 and Cap­tiva 7 sales have slowed to a trickle as the same old prod­uct has sol­diered on past its log­i­cal use-by date. Unusu­ally, nei­ther has had a di­rect re­place­ment ready to pick up the slack on the show­room floor. By Christ­mas, how­ever, both brands will be back in the large SUV arena with fresh new prod­uct. Ford En­dura

Ford’s new fully im­ported large SUV, due on sale next month, is very dif­fer­ent to the lo­cally con­ceived Ter­ri­tory. Where that car had petrol and diesel en­gines, seat­ing for seven and heavy­duty tow­ing, En­dura is a diesel-pow­ered fiveseater with an em­pha­sis on tech­nol­ogy and style. De­spite the drop in seat­ing, Ford says it’s roomier than its prac­ti­cal pre­de­ces­sor. A full range of trims will be of­fered, from mod­est to lux­u­ri­ous and even sporty. Pric­ing was not con­firmed at press time, but a $40,000-plus starter is likely. Holden Aca­dia

Aca­dia should just have ar­rived in show­rooms, and isn’t likely to be mis­taken for its pre­de­ces­sor, either. Where Cap­tiva 7 could be seen as a big mid-sized SUV or small­ish-large SUV, this is big, brash and promises heaps of fam­ily-friendly space, plus seat­ing for seven. Power will come ex­clu­sively from the same petrol V6 found in the newly im­ported Com­modore. While pric­ing was un­con­firmed at writ­ing, Holden was promis­ing a gen­er­ous serve of toys and tech.

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