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Next-generation Ford Edge Prototypes on the Move

WHAT: The all-new version of Ford’s surprisingly popular midsize urban crossover. This would be just the first complete redesign of the Edge since its model-year 2007 introduction, and could signal a major shift in powertrain philosophy for the sporty five-passenger SUV. The second-generation Edge shares an underskin platform with the Ford Fusion sedan and could abandon six-cylinder engines in favor of an all-four-cylinder lineup, just as the Fusion did in its model-year 2013 redesign. The current Edge offers two V-6s and, from Ford’s EcoBoost engine family, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. Taking a cue from the Fusion, the next Edge may well be limited to a selection of EcoBoost four-cylinders that could top out with a V-6-like 250 or so horsepower, but with four-cylinder fuel economy. Buyers who demand a six-cylinder would be directed to the 2016 Lincoln MKX, which will continue as the entry-luxury-class version of the Edge. As hinted beneath the camouflage, expect the next Edge to wear an update of Ford’s bold three-bar grille flanked by sleeker headlamps and have a more aerodynamic overall profile. It’ll again appeal to urban professionals and fashion-conscious young families and feature yet another, ever-simpler version of the MyFord Touch infotainment interface. A choice of front- and all-wheel drive will continue, but the transmission is likely to be a nine-speed automatic.

WHEN: Originally scheduled for a November 2014 release as a 2015 model, but some reports suggest a January 2015 introduction, which would allow Ford to market the next Edge as a 2016 model.

WHY: Edge has proved a steady seller for Ford, slotting in nicely above the smaller Escape and providing a hipper alternative to the suburban-staple Explorer. Edge was freshened for model-year 2012, gaining the four-cylinder EcoBoost option for front-drive models only. The turbo 2.0, however, feels overburdened in the 4,000-plus-pound crossover, so Ford will need to put the next Edge on a diet for an all-four-cylinder lineup to be viable. In any case, a full redesign is long overdue.

HOW MUCH: To Ford’s credit, Edge projects an upscale image without premium pricing, so expect the next generation to sustain base prices that begin just under $30,000 and top out just below $40,000.

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