Ford's new BMW X3 rival confirmed for 2016 launch, priced from £29,995 and packed with new tech
6 January 2016

Ford has revealed that prices for the Edge SUV will start at £29,995 for the entry-level 177bhp 2.0-litre TDCi Zetec model.

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The 177bhp engine is also available in the Titanium and Sport spec levels, priced at £32,245 and £34,495 respectively. A 207bhp, Powershift automatic 2.0-litre TDCi unit is also offered, costing £24,495 in Titanium spec, and £36,745 as the range-topping Sport. 

Intelligent all-wheel drive, pedestrian detection, Active Noise Control, a DAB radio with Ford's SYNC 2 connectivity system, 19in alloy wheels and privacy glass come as standard across the Edge range. Heated front and rear seats, as well as cooled front seats, are available from Titanium spec upwards. 

The new Ford Edge SUV is set to arrive in the UK in early 2016 and will take on the BMW X3 and Audi Q5.

Company sources confirmed they are hoping to launch the medium-sized Edge in spring 2016, but it will not spell the end for the MPV segment.

“The bigger segments are naturally in a period of reduction, but that has mostly been felt in the Mondeo segment to make room for SUVs,” a source said.

“The SUVs complement the range, but they are not a replacement for the MPVs in Ford’s future.”

The Edge is described as an "upscale utility vehicle". It is an all-new design based on the same global C/D platform as the new Mondeo and S-Max models and will in effect become Ford’s European flagship.

Previewed in concept form at the LA motor show in November 2013, the prototype shown at the Paris motor show in 2014 indicates that Ford is planning to stick closely to the design of the concept. A large, multi-barred grille can be seen at the front, as well as a muscular front bumper and raked rear windscreen. 

That large grille is believed to include new active shutters, which automatically open and close to help control temperatures inside the engine bay.

The Edge will slot in as the third SUV in Ford’s showroom line-up above the Kuga and the recently launched EcoSport. Ford says the utility segment of the European new car market grew from 10% in 2008 to 21% in 2013, with sales of the Kuga said to be up 38 per cent year on year for the first five months of 2014. The first generation of the Edge was a US-market-only car but was a significant success for the brand.

Ford says the Edge has been designed “from the ground up to be visually athletic and to meet high expectations for quality in Europe”. It describes the car as “upscale, refined, technologically advanced and spacious”. 

Ford’s European marketing chief, Roelant de Waard, said the Edge offers more passenger space than similar-sized SUVs that cost considerably more. “The styling and suite of comfort, convenience and safety technologies rival the premium offerings in Europe,” he added. Ford also promises its characteristic handling prowess for the Edge.

The new technologies offered on the Edge include Adaptive Steering, Active Noise Cancellation and Front Split View Camera. Ford says its Adaptive Steering system continually changes the steering ratio with the vehicle speed, which it claims optimises the steering response anywhere between parking speeds and motorway cruising speeds.

The Active Noise Cancellation system features three cabin-mounted microphones which it uses to help generate opposing sound waves via the audio system’s speakers. These sound waves act as cancellation against unwanted engine and road noise in the Edge’s cabin.

The Front Split View camera system helps the driver at difficult junctions and when manoeuvring out of parking spaces. It uses individual camera units set to view at 180deg across the front of the car. Additionally, along with familiar technology such as automatic city braking and blind spot warning, one of the more unusual options are inflatable rear seatbelts, which have an airbag inside the webbing strap that runs across the passenger’s chest.

Like the Mondeo, the Edge uses a sophisticated independent rear suspension system. It also comes with the option of an all-wheel drive system that can incorporate Torque Vectoring Control and Curve Control. 

Ford the engines on offer are both 2.0-litre Duratorq diesel units. One version, which produces 177bhp and 295lb ft, drives a six-speed manual gearbox, while the other makes 207bhp and 332lb ft, and drives a six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Both versions are equipped with a stop-start system, and are claimed to deliver 48.7mpg and 149g/km CO2 output when fitted with standard 19in wheels. On 20in alloys, Ford's claimed CO2 figure rises to 152g/km and fuel economy falls to 47.9mpg.

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24 June 2014

What does that make a Hyundai Santa Fe which starts at £25k? Besides, the BMW X3 starts at just over £30k. The Ford needs be more in line with the Korean pricing for it to be competitive, never mind a bargain.

25 June 2014
Shrub wrote:

What does that make a Hyundai Santa Fe which starts at £25k? Besides, the BMW X3 starts at just over £30k. The Ford needs be more in line with the Korean pricing for it to be competitive, never mind a bargain.

After three years the Hyundai is worth thruppence and doesn't look much of a bargain.

6 January 2016
kraftwerk wrote:
Shrub wrote:

What does that make a Hyundai Santa Fe which starts at £25k? Besides, the BMW X3 starts at just over £30k. The Ford needs be more in line with the Korean pricing for it to be competitive, never mind a bargain.

After three years the Hyundai is worth thruppence and doesn't look much of a bargain.

Really? I got 48% for my 5-year old Santa Fe - that's a very high residual.

8 January 2016

According to the Hyundai web site the Santa Fe starts at £31,845.

I do think the Edge seems reasonably priced. It's several thousand short of a base X3 (£33,945) and that's before adding any equipment to bring the specs near even.

8 January 2016
HowdyFolks wrote:

It's several thousand short of a base X3 (£33,945) and that's before adding any equipment to bring the specs near even.

Actually to be fair BMW do put more kit on the base cars nowadays.

25 June 2014

"The first generation of the Edge was a US-market-only car but was a significant success for the brand."
This is not strictly true, I work in the middle east & the Edge is quiet a common site. The existing model is to me as the name implies is "Edgy" which I rather like. Ford have developed the new shape obviously for the European market, but I agree with Shrub starting at 30k seems rather optimistic.

Harvey56

25 June 2014

The previous Edge is sold in the Middle East and it is a really good looking vehicle and is quiet popular here. This new version doesn't stand out from the crowd like the previous version, the front grill and lights look too much like the Hyundai Sante Fe and Kia Sportage. The interior looks okay, but again nothing makes it any different to the looks of other cars competing on the same level (again the other 2 vehicles I have mentioned above). The interior is not good enough to compete against the X3 and Q5, there build and material quality and look of interior components is in another league to the Edge.

25 June 2014

This looks more like a Hyundai, especially with that front grille, or a Kia, while in profile the proportions seem odd, almost as if the rear end looks to big and heavy for the size of the car. IMO the original Edge looked great and was better looking than this new model, as is the new Lincoln MKX.

25 June 2014

Could have hoovered the boot..!


25 June 2014

After looking at how the X series does on the Jdpowers reviews perhaps Ford should be aiming a bit higher!

 

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