Why the Ford Edge Concept Matters:
You might think it strange that Ford would ponder a follow-up to the 5-passenger Edge crossover SUV, as evidenced by the Ford Edge Concept that debuted at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Just below the Edge sits the 5-passenger Escape, which is on track to hit 300,000 sales this year. That’s huge, especially for a vehicle with a poorly received infotainment system and a “Poor” rating in the new small overlap frontal-impact crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Just above the Edge sit both the Explorer and the Flex, each with three rows of seats, and each with a distinctive design all its own. It would seem there’s not much room in between, no?
No. I mean, yes. No, that’s not true and yes there is. In fact, Ford says Edge sales are on the rise, despite basic engineering that dates to the 2007 model year. Naturally, then, a replacement is being readied, and the Edge Concept points clearly in the direction that Ford is heading with its next redesigned crossover SUV.