Looking to build on the success of the soon-to-be previous generation, Ford pulled the wraps off the Edge Concept at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. Although still in concept form, this preview of the next-generation Edge boasts the latest styling cues seen on other Blue Oval products and some technology that's new to the brand. A sleek exterior design partners with Ford's next-gen EcoBoost engine and a slew of other upcoming fuel-saving technologies to boost fuel efficiency.
Start-stop technology and Active Grille Shutters are also expected to make the cut and help with fuel efficiency, too. The Active Grille Shutters automatically open and close to keep the engine temperature manageable while further enhancing fuel economy. When the shutters spring into action, a panel slides down followed by two more blades and all three look as if they originated from the Blue Oval's emblem. Topping off the fuel efficiency portion of the next Edge are air curtains that sit below the lower part of the front fascia. These curtains direct air from the front of the vehicle out through the wheel wells and then out the side.
All this new technology isn't limited to what's underneath the hood, though, as the next-gen Ford Edge will also feature active park assist, which aids the driver while parallel parking with the help of sensors. Another first for Ford found in the Edge Concept is a fully assisted parking aid, which allows the driver to park the vehicle by simply touching a button. This prototype technology builds upon the active park assist feature currently found in some Ford vehicles and works by using sensors to search for parking space. Another new technology being developed along with the Edge Concept is a refined obstacle avoidance system which, if the driver fails to act, will apply the brakes and steer the vehicle away from a collision. Ford also hinted that the next Edge will feature adaptive steering, which builds on the Blue Oval's electric power-assisted steering system and, as Ford promises, will make steering feel more engaging. Other safety tech expected to appear on the next Edge but already seen in select Ford models today include a lane-keeping system, adaptive cruise control and a blind-spot monitoring system.
Not to be forgotten is the Ford Edge Concept's sleek, sculpted exterior styling and an array of LED lights, both up front and in back. The Edge Concept's side profile draws inspiration from a runner standing on starting blocks, while the slope of the grille dictates the shape of the hood. Looking at the Edge Concept head-on, it's apparent that the grille runs into LED headlights similar to that seen on the Taurus. Out back, the Edge Concept's taillamps share similar styling traits with that of the Ford Fusion but indicate a turn sequentially like the Mustang does.
Inside, the Ford Edge Concept has tons of open real estate and the glass roof makes it feel even more airy than it really is. Although still in concept form, soft-touch materials such as leather blanket the instrument panel and perforated seats, while a bright silver scuff plate showcases "Edge" in LEDs. Copper accents can be seen in the carpet, instrument panel and other places within the interior. A premium black Nubuck covers the upper instrument panel, center console and door inserts.
Being that this is still a concept, Ford withheld the usual information pertaining to fuel figures, pricing, and a production start date. We expect all that to be made public once Ford gives the next-gen Edge the green light for production.
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