The Ford Edge set for 2016 UK launch 0

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Whilst America already roams the streets in the Ford Edge, the UK is having to wait a little longer. Part of the company’s One Ford program, in which vehicles are made for worldwide markets instead of region-specific, the new Ford Edge has already found best-selling status in the US.

When the Edge arrives in the UK, it will be offered in three trim levels: entry-level Trend, middle-range Sport, and range-topping Titanium. Each level has different standard features and optional extras, but all come with a solid amount of kit; the Sport comes with 20-inch alloy wheels finished in Dark Tarnish as an exclusive.

At launch, the engine range will be minimal. Ford are only offering buyers the choice between two 2.0-litre Duratorq TCDI diesel engines, with others likely to join the range after. The entry-level engine offers 178bhp and 295lb-ft of torque, with a six-speed manual gearbox and its higher model achieves 207bhp and 332lb-ft of torque, with a six-speed automatic transmission.

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The exterior mirrors Ford’s classic SUV design and iconic grille. The Edge is being built on the same platform as the Mondeo and S-MAX, so we can expect similar under-body work. The distinctive rear profile “features a blade-like lighting element, sports-inspired skid plate, an aerodynamic rear diffuser and twin rectangular exhausts”.

On Ford’s website they say the luxury Edge sits “at the pinnacle of our SUV range, the New Ford Edge is the epitome of modern refinement.” And refined it is. With a sleek exterior and a designer interior, the new five-seater Edge will surely become a UK best-seller when it’s released next year. Claiming more leg and head room for passengers, it also seems to offer a more spacious cabin than its competitors; like the BMW X3 and Audi Q5.

The interior boasts luxury sport seats, ebony door trims, and a simplistic dashboard, with a 10-inch central infotainment screen. The standard and optional features are also hard to fault. Including, but not limited to: Active Noise Cancellation for the inside, Auto City Breaking, Blind Spot Alert, Inflatable Rear Seatbelts, a 180-degree front Camera, working rear Camera, and Adaptive Steering to help with cruising, parking and reversing.

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Expected to launch in early 2016, with a starting price around £30,000 for the entry-level model.

 

 

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http://www.ford.co.uk/Cars/FutureVehicles/NewEdge/#