Ahead of its local arrival in December, local pricing and specifications for the 2019 Ford Endura have been announced. Pricing kicks off from $44,990 plus on-road costs for the entry level Trend model with front-wheel drive, and extends to $67,990 plus on-road costs for the top-spec Titanium with all-wheel drive.
The Endura is only named so in Australia and New Zealand – everywhere else it is sold, it is called Edge. For now, a 140kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbo diesel and eight-speed automatic is the only drivetrain offered on Australian Enduras.
“Endura presents Australians with an SUV unlike anything we’ve offered before in terms of equipment, design and sophistication,” said Ford Australia and New Zealand President and CEO, Kay Hart.
“It builds on our extensive SUV portfolio, which now spans from the urban-friendly EcoSport, family sized Escape and through to the off-road capable Everest. Endura sits in its own space as a premium offering that we’ve previously not offered.”
Almost two years since the last Territory SUV rolled down Ford’s Australian production plant, the Endura is being billed as a part-replacement for the much-loved soft roader. Despite replacing the seven-seat Territory, the Endura is only available with five seats – buyers looking for five seats should consider the seven-seat Everest off-roader, according to Ford Australia.
Built in Canada, the 2019 Ford Endura is only available with a single engine – a 140kW/400Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel. Matched solely to an eight-speed torque converter automatic transmission, the Endura is available in front-wheel drive or $4,000-optional all-wheel drive formats. Ford claims that the Endura will use as little as 6.7L/100km of fuel on a combined cycle.
At 4,550mm in overall length, the Endura is 80mm shorter than the Territory. Yet its 2,849mm long wheelbase is actually 7mm longer, which Ford claims gives the Endura comparable interior space to its former bigger brother. The Endura’s height is 1,742mm, and its width is 1,928mm. Bootspace is listed as 800-litres or 1,111-litres measured to the roofline, while folding the seats gives a huge 2,078-litres of space.
Those searching for petrol power in their large SUV will be disappointed to find that the Endura is only available with a diesel engine, which will remain for the foreseeable future. Overseas, available engines include a 154kW/450Nm twin-turbo 2.0-litre diesel, as well as a 183kW 2.0-litre turbo petrol, a 227kW 2.7-litre turbo V6 petrol and an uprated 250kW/515Nm version of the same 2.7-litre V6 in the ST variant of the Edge – the latter especially we feel would do well in Australia.
Local pricing kicks off at $44,990 plus on-road costs for the Trend FWD, or $48,990 for its all-wheel drive equivalent. Despite being an entry level model, the Trend is well equipped for the money, and standard safety kit includes eight airbags, forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, evasive steering assist, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition and tyre pressure monitoring.
The Trend also offers 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless start, power-folding mirrors, dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights and wipers, LED tailights, LED front and rear foglights, automatic high beam, silver roof rails, a 10-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat, a leather steering wheel and gearknob, an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Ford’s SYNC3 software, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite navigation with live traffic reports and DAB+ digital radio functionality.
Stepping up to the $53,990 ST-Line (AWD: $57,990) adds a number of sportier details, including 20-inch alloy wheels with firmer suspension, suede upholstery with leather inserts, heated and ventilated front seats, a perforated leather steering wheel, aluminium pedals, more aggressive front and rear styling, black roof rails and grille surround treatments, as well as a hands-free electric tailgate, memory functionality for the driver’s seat, a rear cargo blind and ambient lighting.
Sitting atop the local 2019 Ford Endura range is the Titanium, which is priced from $63,990 plus on-road costs (AWD: $67,990). The Titanium adds adaptive bi-LED headlights, a panoramic glass sunroof, full leather upholstery, heated rear seats, blind-spot monitoring with cross traffic alert, automatic parking and a power adjustable steering column with memory functionality.
2019 Ford Endura Australian pricing (plus on-road costs):
Trend FWD: $44,990
Trend AWD: $48,990
ST-Line FWD: $53,990
ST-Line AWD: $57,990
Titanium FWD: $63,990
Titanium AWD: $67,990
Prestige paint: $600
Tow bar (2,000kg braked trailer limit): $1,000
19-inch alloy wheels (Trend): $1,000
Panoramic sunroof (Trend and ST-Line): $2,500
Twin-screen rear entertainment system: $1,600
Active parking package (ST-Line): $1,000
Bang & Olufsen 12-speaker sound system with a 180-degree front camera: $1,000
The 2019 Ford Endura is due to go on sale in December 2018. Stay tuned to Chasing Cars for more Ford news and reviews.