Back in June of 2020, Ford Authority reported that the next-generation Ford Edge had been canceled in a surprising move that was seemingly spurred by labor negotiations over the future of the Ford Oakville Assembly Plant, where the Lincoln Nautilus is also built. Ford and the Canadian union Unifor eventually came to an agreement that will see the Oakville plant retooled to produce five new EVs starting in 2025, seemingly leaving the pair of crossovers in limbo. Now, sources familiar with the matter have confirmed to Ford Authority that the Ford Edge will indeed be discontinued in North American following the 2023 model year.
As of right now, the Chinese Edge is not affected by this news, as that model is produced locally at the Changan Ford Assembly Plant in Chongqing. However, Ford ended production of the Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT crossovers at the Oakville plant back in 2019, which left the Edge and the Nautilus as the sole Blue Oval products produced in Canada. Retooling at that plant will begin in 2024, with the first of five new EV models expected to roll off the assembly line one year later, with another model joining it in 2028.
The next-generation Ford Edge was reportedly scheduled to launch on an all-new platform in June 2023, but those plans have now apparently been canceled. Meanwhile, the Edge received some styling tweaks and new tech features for the 2021 model year, while a host of changes have taken place on the 2022 model as well.
As Ford Authority reported back in August, the crossover has dropped its front-wheel drive configuration and will only be available with all-wheel drive for the 2022 model year. As a result, pricing for the crossover has risen roughly $2,000 across the board. The Black Appearance Package is new for 2022, as is the SEL Adventure Package, though the latter received a name change to Sport Appearance Package shortly after its launch.
The 2022 Edge is losing its illuminated glovebox, as Ford Authority reported back in August, while the ST will drop its Ford Performance paint color option in favor of Atlas Blue and the SEL is losing the SecuriCode Keyless Entry Keypad as standard equipment, while all 2022 Edge models have dropped the previously standard rear parking sensors, too.