Ford's entry into the mid-size crossover happened in 2006. Almost a decade later, the all-new generation lands in Europe with engines and suspension tailored to local tastes. While the build quality is not that impressive, the Edge is a huge crossover the size of a BMW X5. Riding on the same platform as the Mondeo, it should be enjoyable to drive.
Thanks to the "One Ford" philosophy, the Edge is very familiar, like a bloated Mustang. The gaping front grille is the first of many muscular features that put other 5-seat crossovers to shame. Large 20-inch wheels and substantial body cladding amplify the look.
Inside, many of the buttons and switches are borrowed from the Mondeo. However, there is new tech coming from America as well, like inflatable rear seatbelts and Active Noise Cancellation.
The engine range is probably not going to be fully revealed until 2016. However, we know that two diesel engines from the Duratorq family will be offered. The base unit is a single-turbo 2.0L that delivers 190 PS and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque. It will only be available with a six-speed manual.
The other mill will be a twin-turbo 2.0 TDCI with 210 PS and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque matched to a six-speed automatic. When the crossover goes on sale early next year, three trim levels will be available: Trend, Sport and Titanium. Ford officials told us they expect over two-thirds of customers to opt for the flagship since it will cost about the same as a basic BMW X3 xDrive20d.