The Ford Edge will join the blue oval’s European SUV line-up as part of an expansion of its global ‘One Ford’ strategy.
The next-generation Edge, due in the second half of 2014, will be produced in both right- and left-hand drive, opening it up to every Ford market around the world, including Australia.
But Ford Australia says it has no plans to bring the Edge down under, insisting the similar-sized and locally manufactured Ford Territory fills that role in our market.
Ford Australia announced a $103 million investment into the Territory and Falcon in January, promising an update for the large SUV in 2014 and shoring up its future until at least the end of 2016.
The Territory’s fate beyond that point remains under a cloud, however, and the next-generation Edge would be an obvious replacement if Ford winds up its local production operations.
The Edge will join the Ford Kuga and the all-new EcoSport baby SUV in Ford of Europe’s line-up as the manufacturer seeks to sell more than one million SUVs in the region within the next six years, with SUVs accounting for 10 per cent of the brand’s total sales.
The Edge is currently produced by Ford in Ontario, Canada and sold throughout North America. It is available in both front- and all-wheel drive configurations with either a 2.0-litre EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engine or a 3.5-litre petrol V6.
The second-generation Edge will also be offered with a diesel powerplant to satisfy customers in Europe.
Ford says the next-generation ‘One Ford’ Edge will combine “design leadership with capability, fuel economy and unmatched in-car technology” as well as “style and first-in-category features”.