While this isn’t a new generation Kuga and essentially a continuation of the same vehicle launched in 2013, it is a heavily revised version which broke cover at the Los Angeles motor show in 2015.
Speaking this week at a media event this week, Ford Australia boss Graeme Whickman confirmed the facelifted Kuga arrival.
Ford manufactures the Edge in right-hand-drive (for sale in the UK) at its plant in Ontario, Canada but only as a five-seat version.
There is a seven-seat Ford Edge made in China but, while Ford Australia President Graeme Whickman says the version we eventually see on-sale here is unlikely to come from China. So far from launch, production details remain unclear and Whickman would not be drawn into speculation as to the sourcing of the Edge for this market.
The second-generation Ford Edge will be the Blue Oval’s most advanced SUV, featuring the brand’s adaptive steering system, which changes the steering ratio with vehicle speed, and active noise cancellation technology, which uses microphones positioned in the cabin and generates opposing sound waves through the audio system.
The SUV category in Australia has grown by a significant 71 per cent over the past five years, while passenger cars sales have fallen by 12 per cent. According to Ford’s numbers, this has placed SUVs on a trajectory to overtake passenger cars as the top-selling vehicle type in local showrooms within the next five years.