A brand new Ford crossover has been spied testing in Spain, and it’s unclear if that is the long-rumoured Fusion Lively.
The decidedly wagon-like car bears a robust resemblance to the brand new Edge, of which pictures from China’s Ministry of Trade and Data Know-how have been printed on-line by Ford Authority.
It’s potential this prototype may very well be a China-market Edge present process closing testing, although the dearth of manufacturing tail lights on the prototype is considerably uncommon for a car set for an imminent launch.
The Ford was spied testing with a car that includes a broadly related form however totally different particulars, together with the C- and D-pillar remedy and lights, which may very well be an as-yet unseen platform-mate for the posh Lincoln model.
Lincoln at the moment sells a mannequin referred to as the Nautilus which is carefully associated to the present Ford Edge. Whereas it solely entered Chinese language manufacturing in 2021, it’s been in manufacturing in Canada since 2016 underneath each the Nautilus and MKX nameplates.
Based on the MIIT submitting, the brand new Chinese language Edge measures 5000mm lengthy, 1961mm broad and 1773m tall on a 2950mm wheelbase.
The outgoing Edge – beforehand bought right here because the Endura – measures 4834mm lengthy, 1928mm broad and 1733mm tall on a 2850mm wheelbase, although it arguably has a extra upright, conventional SUV profile.
The Changan Ford joint-venture at the moment produces a boxier, three-row model of the Edge referred to as the Edge Plus, which measures 4878mm lengthy on an equivalent wheelbase.
The joint-venture has been chargeable for a spread of autos not bought outdoors of China.
Ford of Europe has dominated out promoting the brand new Mondeo, whereas Ford in North America has switched to a lineup consisting solely of SUVs, pickups and the Mustang and outgoing GT; Lincoln, likewise, sells solely SUVs there following the axing of the MKZ and Continental sedans.
That also leaves the door open for a extra SUV-style spinoff of those fashions for world markets, given the sturdy demand for crossovers in each Europe and North America.
Including weight to the speculation that this new Edge may very well be bought outdoors of China is the reported loss of life of the present Edge in 2023 or 2024 as Ford retools its Oakville, Ontario plant to supply electrical autos from 2025.
That may even reportedly spell the tip of North American manufacturing for the mechanically associated Lincoln Nautilus crossover.
The axing of the Edge would go away a niche between the mid-sized Escape and enormous, three-row Explorer. Whereas the Endura (née Edge) was a poor vendor right here, it has lengthy been a well-liked mannequin for Ford in North America.
Ford additionally has a niche in its European SUV lineup because the Edge was additionally axed there resulting from poor gross sales, although it’ll quickly introduce two mid-sized electric SUVs based mostly on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform.
The Blue Oval model could also be reluctant to supply one other overtly wagon-styled SUV within the North American market, nonetheless.
Its boxy, retro Flex was bought for round a decade however was all the time outsold significantly by its extra historically SUV-styled Explorer platform-mate, whereas its Freestyle predecessor – restyled and briefly bought because the Taurus X – wasn’t a robust vendor, both.
If the Chinese language-market Edge doesn’t spawn a world model, it wouldn’t be the primary Ford SUV to stay largely in China.
Ford additionally has a more moderen three way partnership with Chinese language automaker JMC, and sells the Equator, Equator Sport and Territory SUVs, which slot into the decrease finish of Ford’s Chinese language-market lineup.
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