Los Angeles 2013: 2015 Ford Edge To Go Global

TTAC Staff
by TTAC Staff
los angeles 2013 2015 ford edge to go global

When Ford first introduced the Edge crossover, it was targeted primarily at North America but the dramatic increase in sales of crossovers and SUVs around the globe, particularly in China, has changed the company’s focus with those vehicles. “We no longer look at SUVs as a regional product,” Ford’s chief marketeer Jim Farley told journalists Tuesday at a preview the night before the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Currently SUVs and crossovers are red-hot, and unlike the stereotype of Americans in big SUVs, passenger utility vehicles are particularly popular in China and Russia, which helps with Ford CEO Alan Mulally’s “One Ford” philosophy. The company says that it’s about halfway through with globalizing its utility vehicle offerings. The Edge slots in between the larger Explorer and the smaller Escape/Kuga. The new Edge is expected to be available as a 2015 model.

The Edge concept is filled with features like autonomous driving and parking, allowing drivers to park their vehicles with a remote control without even having to be sitting in the car. The Edge Concept also has a sensor-based obstacle avoidance system that steer a vehicle around potential collisions.

The interior features a 10-inch touch screen, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and hand stitching on the instrument panel. Some features formerly controlled by the MyFordTouch system, which has given some consumers problems, now have mechanical switches.

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  • Slance66 Slance66 on Nov 21, 2013

    Front end is much, much improved. From ugly as sin to good looking. Rear view is improved as well. Doesn't look anything like an Explorer however, where do people get that? Grill is different, creases along the side in the Explorer are not present on the Edge, D pillar is at the rear in the Edge and is moved forward in the Explorer (like an old Bronco). If this new Edge resembles anything (besides the old one) it would be the Evoque and 2014 RR Sport. Especially from that rear 3/4 view.

  • Dave M. Dave M. on Nov 21, 2013

    Perhaps I've been soured by my wife's '10 Edge Limited...her's feels so heavy to drive and maneuver. Perhaps it's the 20" chrome wheels. I expected better than 17 mpg. In 100k, the only thing it's needed was a cooling fan assembly, tires, and brakes. And the rear seat dvd has never worked fully well despite 4 trips to the dealer. The panoramic sunroof is spectacular however.

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    • Bball40dtw Bball40dtw on Nov 22, 2013

      The 20s don't help, but the Edge is still a big, heavy vehicle. However, the Edge has gotten much better since the 2011 refresh. The engines have had HP boosts, and the 2.0T actually does well in the Edge. With the 3.5, I've always been able get the same MPG out of an Explorer, Flex, or Edge. I even get better than 17 MPG with an MkT Ecoboost. The 2.3T should be a perfect fit to replace the 3.5 in the Edge.

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