Ford’s next-generation Edge SUV has entered the final stages of testing, ahead of a late 2014 or early 2015 market launch.
Our latest spy photos reveal the new Edge in its full production body, and while camouflage obscures the finer details, it is clear that little has changed since it first appeared as a concept late last year.
The new Edge’s coming could have extra significance for Australian buyers, with Ford believed to be considering the 2015 model as a successor to its locally produced Territory SUV.
Ford has so far declined to comment on which new model will replace the Territory when its Australian production ends in 2016, although the Edge is an obvious contender.
Another option would be the larger Explorer, although it is believed that the new Edge - unlike the Explorer - has been developed for a proper global launch, suiting both left- and right-hand-drive markets.
The Territory, riding on a 2842mm wheelbase, sits between the current 2006-generation Edge at 2824mm, and the 2011-generation Explorer at 2860mm.
The new Edge however will share its platform with the same C/D-segment platform that underpins the recent S-Max concept, riding on a 2848mm wheelbase.
The new Edge will be an all-round larger offering than the outgoing model, but while a longer wheelbase will appear, the concept's 4689mm overall length falls well short of the Territory's 4856mm.
Buyers looking for a larger offering in the high-riding wagon market will instead be pointed to the larger seven-seat Ford Everest, destined for an Australian debut in early 2015.
Ford has yet to offer any details on powertrains and measurements for the new Edge, although we can likely expect a range of EcoBoost engines to provide motivation.
The Edge will likely retain the overall shape and character lines of its concept forebear, with conventional headlights replacing the all-LED units shown in LA.