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Mike Stevens | Dec, 02 2013 | 4 Comments

2015 FORD EDGE

Ford offered buyers a first look at its next-generation Edge in November, revealing the new SUV as a lightly-veiled concept at the 2013 LA Auto Show.

The Edge's existence has largely been irrelevant to Australian buyers in years past, with the locally developed and built Territory filling that slot here.

But, with local Territory (and Falcon) production ending in 2016, Ford will soon be without a medium-to-large SUV offering in the Australian market.

Enter the Edge.

While the larger Explorer has in the past been mooted as a potential replacement for the Territory, it is understood that the new Edge will be Ford's primary player in the global midsized SUV market.

Riding on a 2842mm wheelbase, the Territory is flanked by the Edge at 2824mm and the 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, believed to be 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.

As for the new Edge's styling, Ford's focus on a production-friendly concept strategy - from the EcoSport to the ST hatches and the recent Ka study - suggest little will change.

Previewed here in a new rendering by independent designer 'X-Tomi', 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.

Above: Ford's venerable Territory could make way for a new Edge/Everest partnership.
Above: Ford's venerable Territory could make way for a new Edge/Everest partnership.

 
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