Back in October, a revised 2021 Ford Edge was revealed for North America with minor exterior styling changes and a revamped interior with a large, 12-inch infotainment screen. Now, some photos of the Chinese 2021 Ford Edge have surfaced over at Rush Lane, showing similar interior updates. However, they don’t look anything like the ones present in the American Ford Edge.
Instead, the interior looks virtually identical to the new Mahindra XUV500. Both feature a horizontally placed infotainment screen, while the American Edge has a vertically-oriented unit. Likewise, the center stack design is completely different, with HVAC vents mounted below the screen instead of on each side of it, while the controls are likewise unique in each model.
The differences between the American Edge and Chinese Edge extend to the instrument cluster as well, where the Chinese version has a horizontal, fully-digital screen compared to the analog and digital unit in the American crossover. Additionally, both the Chinese Edge and Mahindra XUV500 feature a flat-bottom steering wheel, while the American version has a traditional round piece.
While this may seem surprising on the surface, Ford and Mahindra announced that the two automakers would be forming a joint venture last year, and in August, revealed plans to co-develop both a B-segment and C-segment SUV. These moves are just the latest in a partnership that has existed between the two since 2017.
Regardless, it’s certainly interesting that Ford is moving in a completely different direction with its Chinese Edge. The 2021 Edge is expected to launch early next year in China, while the Mahindra XUV500 will follow in mid-2021. The jointly-developed crossovers will arrive later, sometime around mid-2022, according to the most recent reports.