The upcoming 2023 Ford Edge could face the end of production. We already wrote about the Edge crossover SUV getting a redesign. Now, the most recent reports are suggesting the end for models such as Ford Edge and Lincoln Nautilus, This is not a surprise, as the two-row crossovers and SUVs are not so popular nowadays.
As you know, the full-size SUVs are taking over, so models without three rows of seats are slowly dying. The same happened with sedans and hatchbacks, not so long ago. Moreover, Ford Edge thas not offer a premium interior as most of the rivals in the segment. We are still waiting for official details, but it seems like the Edge model could face retirement.
Is this the End for Ford Edge?
If the most recent reports are correct, Ford Edge will be discontinued in the U.S. On the other hand, the 2023 Ford Edge will continue with the production in China, in Ford’s Changan Assembly Plant. As for the United States, Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT are left the Oakville plant, so Edge and Nautilus are the only two models remaining.
Reportedly, retooling the plant will begin in two years and the plan is to manufacture all-electric models. This means the Ford Edge will either leave the plant and move somewhere else, or it will be axed.
The fans are still hoping for the next-gen 2023 Ford Edge. This is a possibility, but it seems very unlikely at the moment. The second-gen model is here for a full decade. The third-gen should bring a lot of dramatic upgrades if it happens after all. Edge comes with the impressive build quality. However, tough competition and high prices are the reasons why Edge is not as popular as it was before. We like the level of comfort inside this five-seat crossover.
The styling is aggressive and Edge also provides a lot of trim levels. It also comes with a 12-inch touchscreen and an optional AWD system. There is also the Edge ST variant that delivers more power and a sportier appearance. Even if the redesign occurs, Edge will not offer a third row of seats, which is the biggest issue.
What the Future Holds?
Several reports say that Ford may soon decide to stop making the Edge. Such a decision would make more room for the production of fully electric SUVs that are going to be on the market soon. If the Ford Edge isn’t going to be around for very long, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a sophisticated crossover. It has a sporty personality that stands out in the class.
After getting a new look for the 2021 model year, the 2022 Edge no longer comes with a front-wheel drive. Instead, it comes with an all-wheel-drive exclusively. Every trim level now costs an additional $1,000. As for the 2023 Ford Edge, we are still waiting for official details provided by the Blue Oval manufacturer.