A seven-seat version of the Ford Edge SUV has been revealed at an event in Guangzhou, China.
From the images it appears as though all the major changes occur aft of the rear axle. To accommodate the extra row of seats, there’s a lengthened rear overhang, an expanded third side window, and a more upright tailgate.
It doesn’t seem like Ford has stretched the Edge’s wheelbase for this seven-seat application.
Features available on the Chinese-made seven-seat Edge will include a panoramic sunroof, 21-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, and separate controls for the rear climate control system.
The seven-seat Edge will be available with the 2.7-litre twin-turbo V6 that’s also set to appear in the five-seat model. In the two-row SUV, the 2.7-litre engine is said to deliver 224kW of power.
In Australia the new Ford Edge is believed to be the car-based replacement for the Territory when Ford shuts down its local manufacturing operations in 2016.
For the moment, Ford claims that the “third row of seating and other features [of this Edge variant are] tailored specifically to the needs of customers in China”.
Just last week, Ford took the wraps off another seven-seat SUV in China, the Ranger-based Everest. The larger, go-anywhere SUV is to confirmed to go on sale in Australia, and should arrive on our shores around the third quarter of 2015.
We’re waiting to hear back from Ford Australia about the possibility of the seven-seat Edge heading down under.