Ford revealed a new version of its not so popular Edge SUV in concept form at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The new Edge is still hardly interesting to look at, but it showcases a number of very serious technology features that will soon be used in Ford’s production cars.
The Ford Edge Concept itself will go on sale in Europe by 2017, joining the Kuga and new EcoSport to make rich SUV lineup. The concept car focuses mostly on Driver-assist technologies and semi-automated features, but its sleek new design and the promises of excellent fuel efficiency hint at the production version.
The car uses a sensor-based Active Park Assist feature to let customers park their vehicles at the touch of a button, or even by remote control. The system can find a perpendicular parking space using ultrasonic sensors and allows customers to wait until the vehicle has pulled out of a tight parking spot before entering. So you can basically get out of the car and as you are going into the shops or into your home, the car will park itself.
Other system the new Ford Edge is previewing in an obstacle avoidance system that detects slow-moving objects or stationary obstacles in the same lane ahead, and applies the brakes and even steers the cars if the driver fail to react in time. There is also a new Adaptive steering makes steering that makes the big SUV a lot more maneuverable at low speed.
The new Ford Edge also benefits from advanced aerodynamics features such as Active Grille Shutters, and boasts a very luxurious interior featuring leather-wrapped and hand-stitched instrument panel, 10in centre display featuring Ford SYNC with Voice Control and Touchscreen, and a dynamic centre stack with mechanical switchgear. If only it looked a bit more interesting.