Article: What’s Next For The 2013 Ford Edge
The Ford Edge was introduced for model-year 2007 and underwent a midcycle freshening in model-year 2011. It’s expected to undergo a full redesign for model-year 2014, though some sources hint the big change won’t come until model-year 2015. When it does, that second-generation Edge will be based on Ford’s global midsize vehicle platform, which will also provide the underpinnings for the next-generation Fusion sedan.
The next Edge will likely be a bit smaller than the current version but it will also be lighter and more nimble in the bargain. Styling, particularly at the front, could be even more dramatic-looking though the body will probably retain a similar “two-box” design. With Explorer and the niche-appeal Flex wagon furnishing Ford dealers with a pair of three-row crossovers, the next Edge almost certainly will remain a five-passenger SUV.
It’ll also repeat with a choice of front- and all-wheel-drive, and will likely offer a new selection of engines with increased fuel economy as a goal to help meet increasingly more stringent federal standards. Expect a powertrain lineup centered around four-cylinder engines. EcoBoost and non-turbo fours of around 2.0-liters displacement will be mainstays as standard or optional, depending on model. If a V-6 remains in the lineup, it would probably be exclusive to the next-generation Sport model or its top-of-the-line equivalent.
Ford’s committed to being a major player among providers of electrified vehicles and the next-generation Edge may be offered as a plug-in hybrid that can operate solely on electric power for a set limit, perhaps 20 miles or so, then act as a regular gas-electric hybrid to deliver 60 mpg or better. Depending on market demand and availability of remote charging stations across the U.S., the Edge could eventually also be offered in a full electric version that runs exclusively on battery power.
Also expect Ford to position the next-gen Edge as another leader on the connectivity and infotainment front. Possibilities include integration of a full-blown dashboard personal computer for Internet and email access — at least while the vehicle is parked. Routine interfacing with Web apps via smartphone connectivity is probably a given. So is mobile Wi-Fi-hotspot status for connecting laptop computers and other portable devices to the Web. The optional backseat entertainment system could receive select TV channels, either by satellite transmission or via a mobile Internet service. Coming safety systems could take over control of the vehicle’s steering and/or braking to avoid a collision or at least lessen its effects.
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