Ford Edge Concept is the new large SUV for Europe

The Ford Edge Concept made its European public debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

Already popular in the U.S. and other markets, the Edge will be Ford’s first large upscale SUV for Europe, one of at least 25 new vehicles that Ford will launch in the region in the next five years.

The new Ford Edge Concept exterior is carefully sculpted, fluid and athletic. The rearward slope of the grille influences the shape of the bonnet, which is both muscular and more compact.

The Edge Concept has a new high-tech application of Active Grille Shutters. To aid the fuel-efficiency of a next-generation EcoBoost engine with start-stop technology, the shutters automatically open and close to maintain ideal engine operating temperature and maximise 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.

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.

The exterior is painted in new Copper Flame, a modern execution of a premium colour currently popular on Ford cars.

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