Ford Edge: the high-end compact SUV hit Europe

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One reason, among others, by which we may lament the differences between Ford’s product offering in Europe and the United States is the presence of peculiar models like the Mustang or the range of ATVs. Confirmed – without details – that the Mustang officially come to Europe, our focus is on the Ford Edge, which will also be introduced in Europe in the coming years, a rather large compact SUV that only 15 centimeters in length than the new Ford Kuga aims to position itself as an alternative premium upper-middle range.

The Ford Edge coming to the U.S. market in 2006 with a five-seat body and currently priced at more basic ranges is approximately ($ 5,000) € 4,000 above the Ford Escape, corresponding to the European Kuga. Due to the peculiarities of the American customer, there are currently three mechanics available: a 2.0 Ecoboost inline-four 240-hp, V6 3.5 Ti-VCT 285 hp and a 3.7 V6 Ti-VCT 305 hp for the most powerful version called Sport . It offers standard front-wheel drive and optional for six-cylinder versions with AWD.

ford-edge-2013The success of Ford in Europe also depends on the range SUV / off-road
Ford, like other manufacturers, has found a vein in the compact SUV precisely that reason seeks to find new niches that allow you to recover from the crisis in the automotive industry in Europe. It expects sales to grow by 34% SUV in Europe in the next five years. The goal for both is to sell one million Ford Model crossover / SUV in the next six years, or what is the same, that one in ten vehicles Ford sold belong to this category.

The Ford Edge aims to be the ideal complement to the new Ford Kuga, which will arrive in the coming months, and another novelty to be launched in late 2013 or early 2014, the Ford EcoSport.

Without even the calendar is set the new Ford Edge, presumably this will coincide with the launch of the new generation Ford Edge U.S. and since the early stages of development and have thought about their condition and overall product the need to compete with well-established models in Europe and the Volkswagen Touareg.

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