The European version of the Ford Edge will make its debut at next week’s 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, as the UK launch… ahem, edges closer. Production kicks off later this year.
The Mondeo-based SUV will sit at the top of a three-branch SUV and crossover tree, above the Kuga and EcoSport. Ford is promising to introduce five new models in the SUV and crossover segments within the next three years, as the public’s insatiable appetite for such vehicles shows little sign of cooling off.
The Edge – which is already available in the US – is part of the company’s ‘One Ford’ strategy, which sees vehicles built for a global market. Ford has previously promised to refine the Edge for European tastes.
Two powertrains will be available, a 180hp 2.0-litre TDCi diesel with a six-speed manual gearbox and a 210hp twin-turbo diesel with Ford’s six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission. Ford is claiming CO2 of as little as 149g/km for its flagship SUV.
All-wheel drive as standard
Cementing its position as an authentic SUV, the Edge will be all-wheel drive as standard, with up to 100% of the torque available to either the front or rear wheels. In theory, this should minimise the impact on fuel efficiency and make the Edge cheaper to run.
The Edge will also offer a host of safety devices as Ford pushes for a full five-star Euro NCAP rating. These include pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, front split view camera and adaptive steering.
Premium SUV at Ford prices
Ford is also promising best-in-class levels of refinement, helped by the introduction of active noise control (available on all models except Zetec) which cancels out unwanted cabin noise using opposing sound waves.
Indeed, the Edge is targeted at the premium SUVs, rather than the more mainstream models. Think Land Rover Discovery Sport rather than Hyundai Santa Fe.
Roelant de Waard, Ford of Europe’s vice president of sales, marketing and service, said: “All-new Edge will deliver more room for passengers than larger competitor SUVs that cost considerably more. The styling and suite of comfort, convenience and safety technologies in Edge rival the premium offerings in Europe.”
How much will the Ford Edge cost?
The Edge is expected to go on sale in the UK next year and although prices have yet to be announced, we’d envisage a starting price around £30,000.
We’ll bring you more news from the Frankfurt Motor Show.