Ford hints at next Edge with Los Angeles concept

By Frederick Olson, Automotive Contributor
Published On: Nov 20 2013 05:51:05 PM EST
Updated On: Apr 30 2014 02:22:51 PM EDT

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Ford Edge Concept

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The Ford Edge is getting a redesign soon, and we got to see what the new SUV will look like with the Edge Concept.

Ford revealed the concept SUV Wednesday at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Much of the SUV’s radical interior won’t make it into production. However, the exterior styling is likely to translate into the next Edge.

As a concept, the Edge is filled with technical gizmos, some of which will likely show up in future Ford vehicles.

Among those gadgets is a self-parking system that not only parks the car by itself into a tight spot, but the car can also leave that tight spot automatically, making it easier to get back into the car.

Steering in the Edge Concept is also refined by varying the amount the wheels respond to the steering wheel. If you’re driving at slow speeds, like in a parking lot, the tires will turn more with a slight adjustment from the steering wheel. At higher speeds, the tires don’t need to move as much.

The concept also includes a collision-avoidance system that’s becoming more common on cars. In this example, the vehicle will warn the driver of an obstacle, but if the driver doesn’t respond, the SUV will automatically steer and/or brake to avoid a collision.

"The rate of change in vehicle technology right now is unprecedented," said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president of global product development. "Our engineers around the world are advancing the systems that will ultimately help make drivers smarter, safer and more efficient."

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