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With Self-Parking Technology And Obstacle Avoidance Capability, Ford Edge Concept Is Tomorrow's Utility Today

To aid the fuel efficiency of a next-generation EcoBoost ® engine with start-stop technology, the Edge Concept has a new high-tech application of Active Grille Shutters. The shutters automatically open and close to maintain ideal engine operating temperature and maximize aerodynamic efficiency. When activated, a panel slips down from above, then two more move into place, appearing as if they radiate from the Ford oval. The brighter finish gives a stunning contrast to the black background.

To improve efficiency further, unique air curtains are positioned on the lower part of the fascia. The air curtains and ducting are designed to guide air from the front of the vehicle, out through the front wheel wells and down the vehicle side.

LED lighting is used on both the headlamps and taillamps of the Ford Edge Concept.

Functional and decorative design elements combine to create a stunning display – these technical graphics are a hallmark of modern Ford design. The headlamps light up in complete white, creating an uninterrupted, homogeneous display. Individual LEDs light up crystal cubes on the high beams.

The turn signal transforms from a chrome-appearing piece into bright amber, lit from behind through microscopic holes in the bezel, adding to the laser-thin appearance of the headlamps. The taillamps are executed in a similar fashion, cleverly and stylishly connected to the backlight.

The exterior is painted in Copper Flame, a modern interpretation of a premium color currently popular on Ford cars.

Elevated craftsmanship, elegant colors and rich materials The interior of Ford Edge Concept is open and airy, with a level of craftsmanship and material quality that consumers around the world will appreciate.

"We wanted the interior to be consistent in its dynamic character with the exterior of the Ford Edge Concept," said Hak Soo Ha, interior design manager. "We call the interior environment Dynamic Sanctuary, because it combines the energetic character of the exterior with a more premium cabin execution. The shapes provide a dynamic, in-motion impression that soothes rather than fatigues."

Premium interior elements include:

  • Leather-wrapped and hand-stitched instrument panel
  • 10-inch touch screen center display with MyFord Touch ®
  • Dynamic center stack with premium mechanical switchgear
  • Unique gear shifter
  • Bright work on the armrest, door-release bezel and air registers
  • Floating binnacle top
  • Unique steering wheel
  • Scuff plate with bright silver finish, matte black paint and LED-lit "Edge"

High levels of craftsmanship and rich materials unify the interior of Ford Edge Concept. Copper is used as the accent color in the carpet, instrument panel and other areas for its premium appearance, complementing the exterior paint color.

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