Ford reveal the all-new ‘Edge’
Spacious and smart SUV
Ford has revealed the all new ‘Edge’ which is a smart and spacious SUV which will go on next year. The Edge will join Ford’s SUV line up in Europe which already includes the new Kuga and the all new EcoSport.
Stephen Odell, president, Ford of Europe, Middle East and Africa said “we are leveraging our One Ford portfolio to offer a broader range of products to our customers in Europe. This year we have already launched EcoSport, with new Mondeo and Focus on the way, next year, we will launch all-new Edge, new Mustang for the first time in Europe as well as our Vignale range.”
The ‘Edge’ was first launched in North America in 2007 and helped reshape the industry’s definition of a traditional SUV, establishing the “crossover SUV” segment. Today, Edge is consistently a top-selling vehicle in the segment in North America achieving record sales in 2013 and is offered for sale in select markets in South America, Russia and eastern Asia, including China. With the all-new Edge, Ford in Europe will enter a new segment, offering customers a refined, technologically advanced and spacious SUV. Featuring a four-door, five-seat configuration and Ford’s intrinsic fun-to-drive DNA, all-new Edge will first go on sale in North America early next year, followed by Europe, South America and Asia Pacific later in 2015. Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing, Sales & Service, Ford of Europe said “all-new Edge will deliver more room for passengers than large competitor SUVs that cost considerably more. The styling and suite of comfort, convenience and safety technologies in Edge rival the premium offerings in Europe. We are delivering a truly technologically advanced SUV that can meet and exceed expectations in this growing segment, and complement new Kuga and all-new EcoSport to offer a complete SUV range. Over the past few years we have seen a dramatic shift among customers from cars to SUVs around the world. The time is right for a larger, more upscale SUV at the top of our European line-up.”
In Europe, Ford will offer for Edge two versions of Ford’s 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel engine; the A 180 PS version delivering 400 Nm of torque and projected 149 g/km CO2, with 6-speed manual transmission and the A 210 PS version delivering 450 Nm of torque and projected 159 g/km CO2, with 6-speed PowerShift automatic and paddle-shift control. The exterior boasts a charismatic design featuring a prominent chrome grille, the thin and chiselled front LED headlamps, and the three-dimensional blade shape rear LED tail lamps complete the look together with the pronounced wheel openings that house 20-inch alloy wheels.