The new Ford Edge SUV is to go on sale in the UK this summer, priced from £29,995.
The US-developed large SUV joins the Kuga and EcoSport to complete Ford’s three-car SUV line-up.
The diesel-only model is expected to have good residual values, with CAP Gold Book predicting a 180PS 2.0-litre TDCi manual Zetec to retain 56.6 per cent of its new list price, after three years and 30,000 miles.
RV % – 3 years/30k miles
(CAP Gold Book Dec 2015)
Zetec 180PS 2.0-litre TDCi AWD 6sp Manual
Titanium 180PS 2.0-litre TDCi AWD 6sp Manual
Titanium 210PS 2.0-litre TDCi AWD 6sp PS Auto
Sport 180PS 2.0-litre TDCi AWD 6sp Manual
Sport 210PS 2.0-litre TDCi AWD 6sp PS Auto
Andy Barratt, chairman and managing director, Ford of Britain, said: “The introduction of the stylish Ford Edge SUV is another incredibly exciting moment for Ford and its dealers. Joining performance products like Mustang and Focus RS and new luxury products like Mondeo Vignale already in showrooms, the Edge makes the Ford product line-up for 2016 never stronger.
“It will deliver more room for passengers than large competitor SUVs that cost considerably more. The styling and suite of comfort, convenience and safety technologies in Edge rival the premium offerings available in the UK,” added Barratt.
Available in Zetec, Titanium and Sport series, the Edge's standard specification includes Ford intelligent all-wheel drive, Active Noise Control, Pedestrian Detection, DAB with SYNC 2 connectivity system, privacy glass and 19in alloy wheels.
10 exterior colours including new Electric Spice and Bronze Fire are available, along with a wide range of interior leather trim options.
In the UK buyers have a choice of 180PS 2.0-litre TDCi diesel engine with six-speed manual transmission, or 210PS bi-turbo 2.0‑litre TDCi diesel with six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission. Both powertrains will aim to deliver 48.7mpg fuel efficiency and 149g/km CO2 supported by Auto-Start-Stop technology.
Technology on offer includes Adaptive Steering, which automatically optimises the steering response according to vehicle speed, making it easy to manoeuvre at low speeds, while remaining precise and intuitive at higher speeds; and Front Wide View Camera, which makes restricted visibility junctions or parking spaces easier to negotiate.
Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection; a camera- and radar-based system that can operate at speeds from 5mph to 110mph to detect vehicles and people in the road ahead. The system can automatically apply the brakes if a potential collision is detected and the driver does not respond to warnings.
Ford’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive (AWD) technology is standard. The system can send up to 100 per cent of engine torque to the front or rear wheels. By only delivering torque where and when it is needed, Intelligent AWD has minimal impact on fuel-efficiency and CO2 emissions compared with permanent four-wheel drive systems.