As Ford Authority reported back in June 2020 and later confirmed early this year, the next-generation Ford Edge has already been canceled, with the 2023 model year representing its very last year of production in North America. However, as has been the case with some other Blue Oval models – including the Escort and Mondeo, to name a couple – it seems as if the next-generation Ford Edge will be happening in China, as that model has appeared on that country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology website.
The Chinese next-generation Ford Edge takes on the automaker’s current styling direction in that country in a number of ways, including its front end, which features slimmer headlights and a front grille design that are similar to the China-only Evos, as well as the refreshed Ford Explorer. Other modern styling cues include flush-mounted door handles, a “crease” in the lower portion of the doors that slims up the crossover’s look, and a new, sleeker taillight design in the rear.
|Next-Generation Ford Edge||2022 Ford Edge|
|2.0L I-4 EcoBoost Horsepower||248||250|
Available in five- and seven-seat configurations, the Chinese next-generation Ford Edge compares favorably to the Explorer in terms of size, as we can see in the chart above. It’s also significantly longer than the current-gen Edge, as well as nearly two inches wider, and an inch and a half taller, while the crossover’s powerplant – the same turbocharged Ford 2.0L I-4 EcoBoost as the current-gen Edge – produces two less horsepower, interestingly enough.
While this particular vehicle likely won’t be coming to the U.S. as the Edge, it is possible that we could be looking at a preview of the Ford Fusion Active, a crossover that was last spotted in prototype form by Ford Authority spies back in May. That model was also sporting some Evos-like styling cues, which have found their way onto the China-only Mondeo and Lincoln Zephyr – both of which were also leaked via the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology site just prior to their official reveal as well.