Ford Edge Concept points to the imported 2016 Territory replacement

At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Ford has taken the wraps off its Edge Concept, which, if you play around with the details, is the next generation Ford Edge, the SUV that’s highly tipped to replace the locally designed and produced Ford Territory in 2016 when Ford’s Victorian factories close.

The good looking Edge Concept is very clearly an evolution of the styling used on the current car mated to the underpinnings used on the latest generation Fusion/Mondeo, which has yet to launch in either Europe or Australia.

If you add frames to the door glass, larger wing mirrors and proper door handles to the Edge Concept, you’ll have the second generation Edge pretty much bang on. Similarly if you remove the neon blue interior mood lighting, iPads, rear command console, the leather on the dashboard and door trims, and the show car seats, you’ll have the new Edge’s interior pretty much down pat.

Right now Ford isn’t saying anything about what’s powering the Edge, but we’d hazard to guess that it’ll be the same 2-litre and 2.5-litre turbocharged (sorry, EcoBoost) 4-cylinder engines from the Fusion. These engines will probably mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission and front- or all-wheel drive.

According to Ford, the Edge Concept has a fully automated parking system that when activated can pick out a perpendicular parking space, and wait for the current car to exit before parking itself. Other tech in the Edge Concept includes a 10-inch entertainment and nav system, lane keeping assistance, blind spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]