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. That report was seemingly confirmed back in January after Ford and the Canadian union Unifor came to an agreement that will see the Oakville plant retooled to produce EVs starting in 2025. However, though Ford Edge production was previously expected to end after the 2023 model year, AutoForecast Solutions is now reporting that the crossover will continue to be built into early 2024.
According to that company’s newest product roadmap, Ford Edge production will continue at the Oakville plant through January 31st, 2024, at which point the crossover will no longer be built there. It’s unclear why, exactly, this is the case, but as Ford Authority reported back in May, the forthcoming Ford Explorer EV and Lincoln Aviator EV will be built at that same plant – and in fact, will be the only two models produced there moving forward.
However, those new all-electric crossovers aren’t expected to enter production until 2025 following a retooling in 2024, so perhaps Ford sees this as an opportunity to continue building the Edge in the meantime – perhaps even into the 2025 model year. At the same time, it doesn’t seem as if this will spell the end for the Edge, either, as a next-gen model is destined for China – and perhaps some other markets as well.
The next-gen Ford Edge leaked back in August via China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology website, showing off design cues that closely mimic those present on the China-only Evos crossover. Powertrain details regarding this new model followed earlier this month, giving us a preview of what to expect in that regard, but whether or not the next-gen Edge will be sold in markets other than China remains unclear for now.