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Next-Gen Ford Edge Prototype Spotted With Wrap: Photos

Details regarding the next-generation Ford Edge have been slowly trickling in over the last few months. Bound for the Chinese market, the forthcoming model was leaked ahead of its official debut, giving a good look at its revised exterior styling. Shortly thereafter, Ford Authority spotted the crossover’s interior for the first time, revealing its coast-to-coast interior screen setup. Then, we learned that it will offer a hybrid powertrain for maximum efficiency. Now, we’ve spotted a prototype undergoing testing in the U.S., signaling that the debut of the Edge in China will possibly occur in the near future.

This particular Ford Edge prototype sports a rather colorful body-hugging camouflage wrap, showing off its body lines. It also gives a clear view of its front lighting elements, which were previously obscured on other prototypes. That could mean that this prototype is a promotional vehicle, as a similar strategy was employed ahead of the launch of the all-new Ford Ranger, which was spotted in a similar pattern in Thailand. “The world is very big, the Ford Edge can fit the world in it,” is the statement that is written in Chinese across the front and rear driver’s side doors.

The forthcoming Ford Edge could become a Chinese exclusive, as it is currently unclear if the North American market will offer the next-generation crossover in some form. The Blue Oval is set to convert its Oakville Assembly Plant to produce fully electric vehicles, essentially leaving the Edge without a production home in the western hemisphere. Under the hood, the new Edge features the same turbocharged Ford 2.0L I4 EcoBoost as the current-generation model, but as previously stated, the lineup will be augmented with a hybrid powertrain.

The new Ford Edge is expected to ride on the Ford C2 platform, which also underpins the Ford Evos, another crossover exclusive to China. It shouldn’t be a surprise, then, that designers borrowed heavily from Evos styling when designing the Edge.

We’ll have more on the next-gen Edge soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Edge news and continuous Ford news coverage.

Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

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  1. what

    I actually kind of dig the front, back needs work though.

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  2. Claw13

    I’ve always liked the Edge’s unique shape. This ruins that. It looks like a Durango or explorer. Boring

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  3. Allen

    Come on Ford , Edge Hybrid for china#[email protected]%. Get did u loose all common sense. One of the few lines consumer reports gave good grades on. Bring it here ASAP

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  4. Rick

    Would be great to see ANY in the United States and not just China bound. Doesn’t Ford feel that the Edge can sell here? Bring it in as a hybrid. Start competing with the Toyota, etc….
    Seems Ford is just inclined to build trucks for the US.

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  5. Gary

    Just gotta give it a big old “meh”. That incongruous, disjointed, down-sweeping arc behind the C-pillar does what exactly and enhances the design how? And let’s refer to it as what it is: the Asian market Edge. We’ve seen the Asian market Zephyr tooling around Michigan too. Means little or nothing to the North American market.

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  6. Mike says...

    Gee… all the high school art critics came out for this one! too funny!!!

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  7. Jeff

    Must be the Chinese market that loves this shape, because it reminds me of a Durango or Hyundai Palisade. Isn’t this supposed to be a CUV not an SUV? Why are all vehicles starting to look alike and God awful ugly at that. Where is the design creativity?

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  8. robh

    Its rather of disturbing that Ford seems to be focusing on the china market as much or more than the American market. Well, as long as they don’t make the car in china to be sold here as GM is doing with a buick model. I absolutely would not buy a car made in china and i would give ford or any manufacture severe demerits for trying to peddle a chinese made car in the American public. So Ford…., don’t even think about it! if you make it in china, keep that junk in china

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  9. N

    Bring this to the U.S. Ford. They Edge sells very well here and Edge customers love them! Why would you take it away? Give us the new model!!!!

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