Ford Edge SUV has been revealed at the LA motor show.
The large SUV, seen here in concept form, closely previews a new model which will be launched in Europe in 2015.
When it goes on sale, the Mondeo-based Edge will form the third entry in Ford’s European SUV range, behind the Fiesta-based EcoSport and the Focus-based Kuga. The model also forms part of Ford’s plans to launch 25 global vehicles in Europe by 2017.
powertrain and transmission options have yet to be revealed, Ford says
the Edge will feature a number of semi-autonomous and assistance
technologies to make driving easier.
Among these technologies is
Ford’s fully assisted parking aid, which builds on the already in-use
active park-assist system. The firm says using the parking aid means
drivers can use the prototype system to park the Edge remotely, even
outside the vehicle. The parking aid searches for a parking space using
ultrasonic sensors and parks itself.
Ford is also using the Edge
concept to refine its advanced obstacle avoidance system, which issues a
warning if it detects drivers of slow or stationary obstacles in the
same lane. If the driver fails to correct the speed of the car, the
system can apply brakes and steering to avoid a collision.
Adaptive steering also features on the concept, which changes its weighting and feel depending on the driving conditions.
active grille shutters are also fitted, which automatically open and
close to help control temperatures inside the engine bay by maximising
the flow of air.
says the exterior of the Edge is designed to be fluid and athletic,
with a relatively muscular appearance. The car sits on 21-inch alloy
Inside, the Edge concept features a ten-inch touchscreen
central display for infotrainment, which also comes with Ford’s Sync
system. A part-leather trim is intended to give the Edge a more upmarket
The company says high-specification models currently account for 70 per cent of sales of the S-Max
MPV, with Ford looking to offer the same package of technology and
upmarket materials in the SUV market. Ford says it expects sales of SUVs
in Europe to grow by 22 per cent before 2018.
The Edge SUV will rival the likes of the Volvo XC90 and Volkswagen Touareg in this country.
American boss Jim Hindricks told Autocar: "This concept is a not too
distant look into the future", while technical boss Raj Nair said: "This
concept combines great design, driving dynamics and technology. It's
sleek and has a confident appearance with the new face of Ford. It is
based on a global platform and will be efficient and fun to drive".
Thanks to: Autocar