Two sources familiar to the American automaker commented on the decision to sell the 2016 Ford Edge globally after its redesign, slotted for 2015.
The midsize crossover utility vehicle will be built in particular versions for the local market in North America and China, according to U.S. automotive suppliers familiar with the program. For Europe, the Edge would be imported from North America and sold in Ford’s European showrooms alongside the redesigned S-Max and Galaxy.
The new Edge, S-Max and the Galaxy will all share a common architecture, known inside Ford as CD4.2, according to suppliers, and all three are slated to go into production about the same time. The first one is expected to go on sale in spring 2015 as a 2016 model in the United States.
On Tuesday, Ford previewed a concept version of the new S-Max that will be displayed next month at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Still, neither the S-Max nor Galaxy will be sold to the U.S., a Ford spokesman confirmed.
The new Edge and the new S-Max have been developed simultaneously, according to U.S. supplier sources, and share the same engineering program code, CD391, used by automakers and suppliers. Still, the two vehicles will look different both inside and outside, with the 2016 Edge being wider and taller than the S-Max, but will be fitted with just two rows of seats. The Edge will have more rugged styling cues and be aimed at utility-vehicle buyers in both Europe and the United States.