Kamis, 21 November 2013

LA Show 2013 Highlights: Ford Edge Concept

The 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.

While 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.

New 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.

Ford 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 wheels.

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 feel.

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.

Ford’s 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

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