Ford Edge SUV officially revealed

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24 Jun, 2014 11:01pm Luke Madden

Mondeo-based Ford Edge SUV unveiled: 2.0-litre TDCi engine will develop either 188bhp or 207bhp

Ford has taken the wraps off the all-new Ford Edge SUV, set to arrive in UK showrooms next year. And it’ll be the jewel in Ford’s SUV crown, designed to sit above the Focus-based Kuga and Fiesta-based EcoSport in the line-up.

The Edge is already on sale in the US, but has not previously been offered in the UK. However, as part of Ford’s global strategy, OneFord, we’re seeing more models make the trip across the Atlantic – with the Mustang another example.

The Edge is based around the same platform as the new Mondeo – due here in September – and retains the slab-sided styling of the Edge concept unveiled at last year’s LA Motor Show.

A gaping front grille and huge 20-inch alloy wheels amplify its muscular stance, while full LED front and rear lights give an upmarket feel. From launch buyers will 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.

It is also possible that a more premium Vignale variant could be added to the range, which would join the forthcoming Mondeo and S-Max Vignale models. Ford will reserve Vignale badge for only it's most premium vehicles.

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Ford is hopeful of being able to tempt SUV buyers away from the likes of the Audi Q5 and Volvo XC60. More head and shoulder room than both it's main rivals will go some way into achieving that and surprisingly the Edge also offers more passenger space than larger SUV's such as the Audi Q7 and VW Touareg.

Under the bonnet Ford will offer only the 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi Diesel engine, but in two states of tune. The entry-level engine 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. Both versions will be four-wheel drive only. Ford claims the Edge will be comfortable and good to drive, with carefully tuned springs and multi-link suspension at the rear.

A raft of tech, including Cross Traffic Alert and inflatable rear seatbelts, will be offered. The Edge is likely to cost around £30,000 when it arrives next year and is likely to remain Ford's flagship SUV model as senior Ford officials dispelled doubt about a larger seven-seat model being added to the lineup.

Luke Madden and Jonathan Burn

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Should have kept it in America

How confusing is the name? Someone as simple as those around me might mistake a car's name for another car's trim level, after all they're both Fords!

Looks pretty hot and given that SUV's is where the action seems to be these days, makes sense for Ford to do this. Excited to see one on the roads.

isnt it just a massive copy! Im sure hyundia are loving it as im sure its a great compliment.

Looks like Ford's just blown a major hole in Volkswagen-Audi plans for global domination.

Quite interesting SUV! Just love it!

Looks great!

First decent looking Ford for years, should do well if they pitch it right and play on it's American heritage. Shame we didn't get its predecessor here instead of the weedy Kuga. Mustang will shake up the establishment too.

I like the Ford Edge that has been officially revealed

Your absolutely right - its a copy of Honda Civic Tourer/Mitsubishi Outlander at the rear and there is a distinct flavour of Kia Sorrento at the front. Said Asian cars are smart IMO but this shows a complete lack of imagination from Ford - same with all Ford products these days. The design department at Ford appears somewhat lost!

A cure for insomnia.... it's just too american in design, something I'd have thought Ford had learned hard from in the past when launching the Maverick and that other behemoth in the late 1990s whose name escapes me.

This is a Mazda based vehicle, shared platform with CX-9 and Mazda 6 (CD3).

Can't see this being very popular in the UK anyway. Likely to have to be heavily discounted to shift them.

Not true actually. The previous generation Edge used the CD3 platform (alongside the CX9). The new model above uses Fords CD4 platform.

So it's actually a Mondeo with a bloated body.