The next-generation Ford Edge is shrouded in some mystery, but some details about the upcoming crossover have trickled out. Aside from its appearance, Ford Authority has previously reported that the first-ever Ford Edge hybrid will debut with the new model, which is projected to grow in size and offer a seven passenger variant. Now, Chinese automotive site Xincheping gleaned some additional details from the China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology site, and a firm timetable as to when it will be officially revealed.
The upcoming Ford Edge hybrid will utilize a turbocharged 2.0L engine combined with an electric motor, potentially a hybrid version of the 2.0L EcoBoost I4. Obviously, a battery will also be included with the hybrid, but the site did not have any details about it. That said, the hybrid powertrain will apparently offer 275 horsepower, or 25 more than the American Edge and 27 more than the non-hybrid next-gen engine the Edge is expected to offer. Additionally, it appears that the hybrid variant will boast a standard or optional all-wheel drive system, as images show an Edge with a “Hybrid AWD” badge on the tailgate, the exact badge used on the Ford Escape hybrid. It also appears that certain Edge models will feature an “L” badge on the C-pillar, a possible indicator that the new model will be sold alongside the outgoing Edge. The badge may also be used to separate the five passenger version from the seven passenger model.
The Ford Edge hybrid, along with the rest of the lineup, will feature interior bits from the Ford Evos and Ford Mondeo, which also utilize the Ford C2 platform that the Edge will no doubt also utilize. It is expected to officially debut at the Guangzhou Auto Show, which is scheduled to begin on December 30th, 2022. At this point, the Edge may be solely offered in China, as the Oakville Assembly plant will stop producing the current generation crossover next year to make way for electric variants of the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator.