Size and capacity have both increased and decreased.
Although it received a facelift for the 2019MY and a standard 12-inch touchscreen for 2021, the second-generation Ford Edge, which debuted in 2015, is showing its age. The 2023MY version of the SUV, with standard all-wheel drive, is already on sale in the United States, but a change is on the horizon for China. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has released photos of the next-generation SUV as part of the homologation process.
There are photos of the updated midsize SUV on the MIIT website, showcasing the convenient electric pop-out door handles. The completely revamped front fascia is based on the Explorer, Equator, Equator Sport, and Evos, all of which have been recently released by Ford in China. The Edge’s modern appearance is helped along by the way the headlights and grille work together.
Interesting too is the way the beltline rises suddenly at the C-pillar and then slopes back down toward the D-pillar. Creating the illusion of a “floating roof” is still popular in the automotive industry, so Ford has covered up the pillars and roof. The chrome strips on the silver Edge’s grille should give it away as the more luxurious of the two. Compared to the blue one, which only has 19-inch wheels, these are much larger at 20 inches. The door mirrors on the China-bound model are mounted lower on the doors than on the current model’s A-pillars.
Even the back of the vehicle has been redesigned significantly, with new taillights and a more understated tailgate handle. Metallic inserts in the plastic black cladding of the bumper and a larger “Edge” lettering below the Blue Oval make even the base model look more luxurious.
As of this writing, interior photos are unavailable, but the MIIT website does provide some technical details. Specs for 2023 in China are revealed. An exact five meters (196,8 inches) in length, the Ford Edge is significantly longer than the current US-spec model (4,779 mm or 188.1 in). It’s even longer than the 2019 facelifted version of China’s three-row Edge Plus, which measures 4,878 millimeters (192 inches).
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The current Edge on the market is 1,961 mm (77.2 in) wide and 1,773 mm (69.8 in) tall, so these measurements are an increase. Wheelbase length is a generous 2,950 mm (116.1 inches), an increase of 100 mm (3.9 in). The base Edge weighs in at 1,945 kg (4,288 lb) with five seats and 1,990 kg (4,387 lb) with seven, while the fully loaded top-tier model is heavier at 2,084 kg (4,594 lb).
Each SUV is powered by a 248-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four gasoline engine (185 kilowatts). Interestingly, the cheaper Edge is only listed with a five-seat layout, while the more expensive one is listed with a seven-seat and a five-seat option.
Although the exact release date of the CN-spec Edge has not been announced by Ford, it is likely that it will be introduced in the middle of November at the 2022 Guangzhou Auto Show. The biggest unknown is whether or not this SUV will be available in North America from Dearborn, or if they will instead sell a different model.
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