Ford has revealed the all-new Ford Edge Concept, to give a strong indication of the technology, design and craftsmanship direction of the company's new large SUV for Europe.
The Edge Concept also showcases potential advanced technologies, including a push-button and remote-operated parking feature customers could use from inside or outside the vehicle.
Already popular in the US and other markets, the Edge will be Ford's first, large upscale SUV for Europe, one of 25 global vehicles that Ford confirmed last year will go on sale in Europe by 2017.
With the Edge, new Kuga and new EcoSport, Ford will offer a comprehensive line-up of redesigned SUVs.
"The original Ford Edge offered customers in North America a fresh, compelling choice for an accommodating, efficient and safe utility vehicle," said Joe Hinrichs, Executive Vice President and President of the Americas, Ford Motor Company.
"The next-generation Ford Edge – previewed in the Ford Edge Concept – will build on these cornerstones to create a global vehicle with technology to make life easier, and design and craftsmanship to appeal to customers around the globe."
In Europe, SUVs grew from 6.5% to 11.9% of vehicle sales between 2005 and 2012. Ford projects that, between 2013 and 2018, sales of all SUVs in Europe will increase by 22%.