The new Ford Edge Concept has been unveiled at the LA Motor Show, a thinly veiled production model that we should see in Europe during 2015. It’ll be part of a family of Ford SUVs ranging from the Fiesta-based EcoSport, through the Focus-based Kuga and capped off by the Mondeo-based Edge.
The current-generation Edge is already sold in markets like the US but we’ve never seen it in the UK before. However, as Ford continues with its global product strategy, called OneFord, we’ll see more continuity between markets over the globe.
“The original Ford Edge offered customers in North America a fresh, compelling choice for an accommodating, efficient and safe utility vehicle,” said Joe Hinrichs, executive vice president and president of The Americas, Ford Motor Company. “The next-generation Ford Edge – previewed in the Ford Edge Concept – will build on these cornerstones to create a global vehicle with technology to make life easier, and design and craftsmanship to appeal to customers around the globe.”
The large chrome grille hides some new Active Grille Shutters, which automatically open and close to keep the engine at its optimum temperature while also improving aerodynamics. The design itself features plenty of next-generation Mondeo-inspired touches, such as the crease in the flanks and the bold grille.
Ford is hoping the Edge will appeal to buyers looking for an upmarket SUV, so the interior features a few luxurious touches like a hand stiched instrument panel, 10-inch colour touchscreen and high quality leather on the door panels.
As well as showing off its design, Ford also wants to showcase some future technology so there’s a Fully Assisted Parking Aid, which allows owners to tell their car to park via remote control. There’s also a refined Obstacle Avoidance system, which can steer or brake in the event of a collision.
There’s no word on what’s powering the Edge Concept but when it makes production we’ll likely see a 2.0-litre diesel on the European engine offerings along with a 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol and a hybrid, too.