Ford Motor Co. is expected a global rollout of its Edge midsize crossover when the model is redesigned in early 2015, two sources privy with the carmaker’s plans told Reuters. Ford announced in 2012 plans to sell the Edge in Europe, and recently plans to bring the midsize crossover to China is emerging.
Ford plans to produce versions of the new Edge in North America and China for local customers, according to US auto suppliers privy with the program. For Europe, Ford will import the Edge from North America and will sell it on its European showrooms alongside the redesigned S-Max and Galaxy, which will be underpinned by common platform known inside Ford as CD4.2, according to suppliers.
The suppliers added that the redesigned Edge, S-Max and Galaxy will go into production about the same time. Ford is expected to sell the Edge in the United States in spring 2015 as a 2016 model, suppliers disclosed to Reuters.
A Ford spokesman confirmed to Reuters that Ford will not sell the redesigned S-Max and Galaxy in the US. The carmaker, however, declined to comment on convergence of the three models on a shared platform. Ford recently provided a glimpse of a concept version of the new S-Max that will be showcased at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September.
According to suppliers, the new Edge and the new S-Max have been developed simultaneously and share the same engineering program code CD391. They added that although the Edge and the S-Max share the same architecture, they will look differently inside and outside, and will not be "will not be mirror images" of one another.
The source disclosed that the 2016 Edge will be wider and taller than the S-Max, and will only feature two rows of seats. The Edge will also have more rugged styling cues and will be targeted at utility-vehicle buyers in both Europe and the United States.