Previously seen at Geneva in US guise, the Ford Edge been delayed after initial reports of a summer 2015 release. Based on the platform of the new Mondeo, the Edge will sit above the Kuga and Ecosport in a three-pronged SUV lineup. It's pitched to provide a better value yet more spacious alternative to the Audi Q5 and BMW X3.
The Edge may look familiar to some because it's already on sale in the US. It's part of the firm's global 'One Ford' strategy, which sees a model being designed to meet the demands of worldwide customers rather than region-specific vehicles.
Although the centralised business model is controversial, it's one reason why cars such as the Edge and the Mustang, which is on sale here for the first time, can be offered in the UK. And Ford assures us that the European Edge has been sufficiently improved to suit our demands.
The gaping front grille is a raised-up version of the Mondeo's, while the muscular lower bodywork and large 20-inch wheels amplify its stance to make it seem larger than it is. The clamshell bonnet is a design cue borrowed from Land Rover, too, while distinctive single-bar tail-lights mark it out from the rest of Ford's UK range.
The five-seat interior claims to offer more passenger space than midsize SUV rivals, even rivalling larger models such as the VW Touareg. Much of the dashboard and centre-console layout is borrowed from the Mondeo, and borrows new tech such as inflatable rear seatbelts and Active Noise Cancellation.
Engines at launch will be limited to a pair of 2.0-litre 'Duratorq' TDCI diesel engines. The entry-level unit develops 188bhp and 400Nm of torque and has a six-speed manual gearbox, while the more powerful version gets 207bhp and 450Nm of torque plus a six-speed automatic transmission.
Buyers will initially be able to choose between Trend, Sport and Titanium trim levels, with Ford predicting over 80 per cent of buyers will opt for the range-topping variant. We expect the edge range to start from just under £30,000 when it goes on sale in the UK in summer 2015.
Ford is also planning to update the Ecosport again for the 2017 model year, while the Kuga will also receive mild tweaks and the latest Sync 2 infotainment system next year.
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