Next-Gen Ford Edge Captures Cold Weather Testing With Funky Camouflage

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The new Ford Edge was leaked in China last August. It’s a big change from the current model, and it’s unclear whether it will replace the aging Edge on sale today in the US. New spy photos capture the crossover’s cold weather testing while wearing funky camouflage that covers its lower body.

The new crossover is much larger than the model bearing the same name in the US. The Chinese Edge is 8.7 inches (220 millimeters) longer than the US version – 196.8 (5.0 meters) to 188.1 (4.78 m). This means the wheelbase is 3.9 inches (100 mm) longer, allowing the model to offer two or three rows of seats for five or seven passengers. The new Edge is also taller and wider than the US version.

Leaked information reveals that the new Edge will draw power from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 248 horsepower (185 kilowatts). In the US, Ford offers the Edge with two engine options – the four-cylinder EcoBoost on most of the range and the EcoBoost V6 on the ST.

Camouflage hides the crossover’s lower body, but doesn’t overshadow the new grille which is flanked by sleek headlamps and topped with full-width daytime running light slats. At the rear, the taillights are visible, but Ford has hidden the make and model branding. The camouflage even tries to hide the stylish belt line on the C-pillars, which is very visible in the leaked images.

Photos haven’t revealed the interior of the new Edge, but it should adopt the layout and styling of the redesigned Evos and Explorer. Both feature large screens with spanning dashboards, minimalist instrument panels and sleek center consoles.

Ford has launched a lot of new metals in recent years, but Edge has languished in the lineup. The crossover launched for the 2007 model year, with a second generation arriving in 2015. The crossover received a modest refresh for 2021, featuring a new 12.0-inch infotainment screen as standard equipment, but the Edge was late for any significant changes. A June 2020 report alleges that Ford will be discontinuing the Edge, but in the meantime it’s moving on.

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