Considering the massive demand for modern, flexible SUVs in Europe these days, it is somewhat surprising that one of the world’s biggest motoring powerhouses has yet to introduce a true mid-sized 4×4 to the old continent. We refer of course to Ford who, after many years of producing top notch family cars such as the Focus and Mondeo have recently been mounting an SUV offensive on our shores. After the launch of the Kuga compact SUV and the all-new EcoSport mini SUV, the blue oval have at last thrown their hat in to the mid-sized SUV ring with the all-new Edge.
First launched in North America in 2007, the Edge was one of the earliest examples of a true Ford crossover. Record sales stateside in 2013 have prompted the US marque to spread its net further afield and now, for the first time, the second generation model of the Kuga and EcoSport’s bigger brother is set to be rolled out globally.
Set to showcase some never-before seen Ford Tech in Europe, the new Edge is a high-tech mid-sized SUV that will go on sale across Europe for the first time in 2015. As with the previous generation US model, the all-new Edge will be offered as a spacious five-seater. A full design overhaul sees the second generation model gain a few inches on its predecessor along with an imposing hexagonal chrome grill, two side air intakes and much more prominent lines stretching along the bonnet and side panels. Also on show are the newly-designed headlamps and tail lamps plus a set of 20 inch alloy wheels whose tyres have been specifically designed to keep road noise to a minimum.
The practicalities don’t stop there, as the Edge benefits from a generous array of techy toys. On the road, intelligent all-wheel drive, adaptive cruise control and adaptive steering will help ensure a smoother ride, whilst other gadgets such as active cabin noise cancellation and a front mounted 180-degree camera system have both been carried over from across the pond for the first time by Ford. Inside too, the Edge does not lack for premium comfort-orientated features including a heated steering wheel, heated-and-cooled front seats and, curiously, inflatable rear seatbelts.
At launch, Ford’s newest SUV will be offered with two versions of its 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel engine. The smaller 178bhp variant delivers 295 lb/ft of torque and comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox whilst the larger 207bhp option offers slightly more power at 332 lb/ft in paddle-shift automatic guise.