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Next-Generation Ford Edge Reportedly Cancelled In A Surprising Move

By all accounts, the Ford Edge has been a successful model for The Blue Oval. It has seemingly sold in good numbers, and even spawned a couple of interesting variants in the Edge ST and Edge ST-Line. But if a recent report proves to be true, the next-generation Edge might not ever happen, as the automaker has already reportedly decided to nix the model altogether.

The rather surprising bit of news comes to us from an interview conducted by Automotive News Canada with AutoForecast Solutions, a U.S. global forecasting and consulting firm located in the U.S. “Unless Ford decides on a different program to replace the Edge, there’s no future for Oakville,” said Sam Fiorani, vice president of global forecasting at AutoForecast Solutions.

Fiorani is referring to the Ford Oakville Assembly Plant in Oakville, Canada, which is where the current Ford Edge and its stablemate, the Lincoln Nautilus, are produced. Just last year, Ford ended production of the Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT crossovers at the Oakville plant, which left the Edge and the Nautilus as the sole Blue Oval products produced in Canada.

As for the future of the Nautilus, Fiorani said that Ford is planning on shifting its production to China in 2023. The next-generation Ford Edge was reportedly scheduled to launch on an all-new platform in June 2023.

Ford sold a total of 138,515 Edges last year in the U.S., which is not an insignificant number. However, Fiorani pointed out that many of those sales went to fleets, not the hands of private owners.

The other issue at hand is Ford’s rapidly expanding family of SUVs and crossovers that may make the Edge obsolete. This includes the forthcoming Ford Bronco, Bronco Sport, a newly updated Ford Escape, and the Ford Fusion replacement that’s slated to essentially exist as the same type of vehicle as the current Edge – a tall crossover with car-like driving characteristics.

“All those new models and a couple of others that are EVs and non-EVs coming over the next three to five year are all filling in the same space [as the Edge],” Fiorani said. He did note, however, that the next-generation Ford Edge might live on in China, where it’s produced at the Changan Ford Hangzhou Assembly Plant for that market.

But there is one big caveat regarding this reported decision to cancel the next-generation Ford Edge. Ford’s Unifor labor contract covering the Oakville plant, the Ford Essex Engine Plant, and the Ford Windsor Engine Plant expires in September. As such, Fiorani notes that this entire thing could just be a ploy meant to gain leverage in upcoming negotiations.

There’s also the little problem that. following the upcoming closure of the Romeo Engine Plant in Romeo, Michigan in 2022, Essex and Windsor will be the only plants producing the Ford 5.0L Coyote V8 and Ford 6.2L Boss V8, that power the Ford Mustang, Ford F-150, and Ford Super Duty, so it’s unclear how it plans to proceed in that regard.

We’ll have more on this as soon as it’s available, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford business news and continuous Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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Comments

  1. JOHN MAJDALANI

    While I am no fan of SUVs or pick-ups I not at all surprised this poorly managed company may discontinue the Edge. The Edge is a victim of this poorly managed company’s strategy of putting all their eggs in one basket.

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  2. trailhiker

    Ford could do a few things to replace this.
    They could go the Honda way, and do a shortened 2 row based on the Explorer
    They could make an extended Escape and Corsair
    They could make an extended Bronco Sport (May be cheaper being made in Mexico)
    And yes, the electric Mustang platform could be utilized with some modifications to replace the Lincoln Corsair.

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  3. GlenU

    Rather strange comments here for the 21st century.
    1- who doesn’t like electric vehicles?? there is a problem- recharging, once this is solved there will be no limit.
    2- vehicles that make noise? Who wants that?
    3- RWD? Oh my gosh lets go slipping & sliding with a gas eating V8??

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    1. Ford Owner

      There is no recharging problem becaude there are hundreds of millions of electrical outlets everywhere. Just swap gas pumps with chargers! And every home has outlets. Many homes get their electricity for free!

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  4. KR

    Sounds like fun to me.

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  5. Jay Lovas

    I was a Ford enthusiast forever. I have had thunderbirds, mustangs, explorers, Lincoln, Mercury, edge, Taurus. As of today I’m finished with Ford. Everyone thinks electric cars are fantastic but I think its a mistake. But who am I. Leadership at Ford and other manufacturers are rushing to electric without any strategic thinking. Short term is what they care about. Wait till there is a shortage of materials to make batteries. Let’s see what happens. Takes a fortune to replace a battery and where do you dispose of them. It will be interesting to see how electric plays out in the long run.
    Has anyone worked with our power producers to see if our electric grid is being expanded and improved to handle increase in electricity demand to charge these toys. Maybe they have, maybe I’m wrong. Goodbye Ford, my Edge is my last Ford product. Lexus seems to be a good alternative.

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  6. Rudy

    Sometimes I wonder what Ford execs are thinking, If at all. First, they decide to do all SUVs. Without a cheap car to entice first time buyers, a shot at creating brand loyalty is lost. I can’t speak to the Fiesta but my Focus served me very well for over a decade and it was reasonably priced. Now these are gone and the line up they have is not that great. The Ecosport is a vehicle that can be outgrown very quickly…. I outgrew my rental in about four days. The Escape is also space confined… I had more cargo space in my Focus. The Explorers are too big and they are shelving the Edge in North America, without a replacement option in sight. I’m scratching my head.

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