Slotted between the compact Escape and Explorer, Edge concept in the utility vehicle segment, is slated to make its way into markets at the end of this year for 2015 model year.
While no details about engines, transmission or fuel efficiency figures have been revealed, the concept abounds in technology and comes with a unique Remote Self Parking feature, thus taking Ford Edge Concept to the next level.
This system allows the driver to control parking from outside of the vehicle allowing Edge Concept to ease itself carefully into narrow parking spaces. After Park Assist locates the spot, drivers can get out of the vehicle and continue parking using remote key fob. The car can accelerate, steer and brake on its own while the entire parking process can be controlled in the event of a difficult situation.
Ford is also working on Obstacle Avoidance System which automatically steers around obstacles in cases when applying brakes suddenly is not possible. This technology is useful to drivers specially in situations when pedestrians and other obstacles suddenly appear in the path of the car in motion. However, this is still in development stage and will not be seen in the new Ford Edge.
FORD EDGE CONCEPT PREVIEWS NEW LARGE FLAGSHIP SUV FOR EUROPE
The Edge – already popular in the U.S. and other markets – will add to Ford’s range of SUVs in Europe alongside the new Kuga medium SUV and new EcoSport small SUV
Vehicle includes advanced, automated driving technologies such as self-parking and obstacle avoidance systems under development by Ford and previews semi- and fully autonomous driving options
Ford has revealed the all-new Ford Edge Concept to give a strong indication of the technology, design and craftsmanship direction of the company’s new large SUV for Europe.
The Edge Concept also showcases potential advanced technologies, including a push-button and remote-operated parking feature which customers can use from inside or outside the vehicle.
Already popular in the U.S. and other markets, the Edge will be Ford’s first large SUV developed for Europe, one of 25 global vehicles that Ford confirmed last year will go on sale in Europe by 2017. With the Edge, new Kuga and new EcoSport, Ford will offer a comprehensive line-up of redesigned SUVs.
“The original Ford Edge offered customers in North America a fresh, compelling choice for an accommodating, efficient and safe utility vehicle,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas. “The next-generation Ford Edge previewed here will build on these cornerstones to create a global vehicle with technology to make life easier, and design and craftsmanship to appeal to customers around the globe.”
Key attributes of the Ford Edge Concept – a sleek and sporty appearance, capability, fuel efficiency and technology that assist the driver – are in line with what customers value around the world, which is driving global growth in the SUV segment.
In Europe, where higher specification models currently account for 70 per cent of all Ford S?MAX sales, the Edge will meet demand for upmarket, technologically advanced SUVs with great road presence and driving dynamics. SUVs in the region grew from 6.5 per cent to almost 12 per cent of vehicle sales between 2005 and 2012, and Ford projects that between 2013 and 2018 sales of all SUVs in Europe will increase by 22 per cent.
Advanced features to make smarter vehicles and better drivers
Driver-assist technologies and semi-automated features on the Ford Edge Concept hint at a future offering even more intelligent and capable vehicles from Ford. These sensor-based technologies form the building blocks for the future of automated driving, and will help make driving safer and more efficient.
Fully Assisted Parking Aid, a prototype technology which builds on Ford’s Active Park Assist feature to let customers park their vehicles at the touch of a button, or even by remote control. The system can find a perpendicular parking space using ultrasonic sensors and allows customers to wait until the vehicle has pulled out of a tight parking spot before entering.
Ford also has begun a research project designed to refine advanced Obstacle Avoidance systems. The research and development vehicle can issue warnings if it detects slow-moving objects or stationary obstacles in the same lane ahead and – if the driver fails to steer or brake following warnings – the system automatically steers and brakes the vehicle to avoid a collision.
Adaptive steering makes steering at low speeds dramatically easier, and steering in all conditions feel more confident and engaging.
Sleek and athletic exterior design defines Ford Edge Concept
The new Ford Edge Concept exterior is carefully sculpted, fluid and athletic. Strong shoulders add to the feel and appearance of a runner in the starting blocks. The rearward slope of the grille influences the shape of the bonnet, which is both muscular yet more compact.
The Edge Concept has a new high-tech application of Active Grille Shutters. The shutters automatically open and close to maintain ideal engine operating temperature and maximise aerodynamic efficiency. Unique air curtains on the lower part of the fascia guide air from the front of the vehicle, out through the front wheel wells and down the side of the vehicle.
Premium interior elements include a leather-wrapped and hand-stitched instrument panel, 10in centre display featuring Ford SYNC with Voice Control and Touchscreen, and a dynamic centre stack with mechanical switchgear. High levels of craftsmanship and rich materials unify the Ford Edge Concept. For example, black Nubuck leather wraps the upper instrument panel, centre console and door elements.
“The Ford Edge Concept is the latest example of a utility vehicle that delivers the attributes global customers value most – design; fuel efficiency, driving dynamics, and customer-focused technology to help the driver feel more confident,” Hinrichs said.