2023 Ford Edge Today we’re going to talk about some of the unofficial expectations regarding the all-new Ford Edge 2023, and whether it will be offered for sale in global markets.
So, when are we going to see Edge in an all-new third generation, and is there any possibility of a change to American company production lines due to the coronavirus pandemic affecting the global economy in all markets without exception?
According to what was published in international media, it appears that the All-New 2023 Ford Edge will not be available for sale in the North American market, according to the AutoForecast Solutions website.
As also published by Auto News Canada, Edge car production will be stopped at the Ford factory in Canada, after the possible closure of the Canadian manufacturing facility, Oakville. If this information is correct, no new Ford cars will be made in Canada, and the 4,600 employees currently working at this plant will lose their jobs.
There have been previous rumors that the third generation Ford Edge and later will depend on a new chassis, but whether the decline in sales of Ford cars in America last year will affect the continuation of this model, which competes with the Chevrolet Equinox, Dodge. Durango, GM Acadia, Hyundai Santa Fe, Honda Pilot, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Kia Sorento, Toyota Highlander?
Official Ford information shows that during 2019, 138,515 Ford Edge cars were sold in the American market, compared to 241,388 Escape cars and 184,654 Explorer cars in the same year and the same market.
But even if the new Ford Edge 2023 is discontinued in North America and other markets, it is expected to continue selling in the Chinese market, the world’s largest auto market.
2023 Ford Edge News
Shocking stories are circulating about the Ford Edge and the Edge-based Lincoln Nautilus, claiming Ford has canceled the program to replace the Edge. The allegations come from Sam Fiorani, vice president of forecasting and consulting firm AutoForecast Solutions (AFS).
Fiorani’s predictions, which appear in the AFS report, appear to have been covered by Automotive News Europe in advance, with further reports revealing more of the complexities surrounding the matter.
The kernel is this: Fiorani heard from “multiple sources” that when the current generation of Edge broke down in 2023, production of Edge and Nautical broke down at the Oakville, Ontario plant, which built it for North America. Edge is also being built in China, and assembly can continue there, with Lincoln Nautilus production also shifting to China.
Asked for a response, Ford has switched between stubborn denial and no comment. The carmaker declined to say anything to AutoNews Europe. When The Detroit Bureau asked for comment on the same day, a Ford spokesperson sent an emailed statement, “We have no plans to leave this segment, especially as Edge sales rose 3% to nearly 140,000 Edges in the US last year.
Since then. by 2006, we sold more than 1.6 million Edge in the US Customers loved the all-new Edge ST, with retail sales up 41% in 2019. We also built on that success with the launch of the Edge ST-Line, which is now available to order, plus upgraded features for Edge 2021. ”
When Motor1 asked for comment, Ford did not reply, but Lincoln replied, “The Nautilus is playing and will continue to play an important role in Lincoln’s growing SUV portfolio that includes the Corsair, Aviator, and Navigator. Lincoln is investing in a growth segment such as SUVs and we have no plans for out of this segment.
”When The Detroit News contacted Ford, a spokesperson sent a short version of the statement previously provided to The Detroit Bureau.
Superficially, it’s surprising that we discuss Edge’s possible death. The recession-resistant mid-range five-seat crossover has sold less than 108,000 units just twice since it went on sale in 2006 – the first year, when it moved 2,201 units, and during the dark industrial days of 2009, when it sold 88,548.
However, Fusion has always sold more than the Edge, up to and including last year, but those numbers haven’t prevented Ford from dropping the popular sedan.
Also, despite convincing rebuttals sent to media outlets, Ford was less excited when Unifor, the Canadian auto trade union, asked Ford about the program. According to The Detroit News, Unifor head Jerry Dias “didn’t get a definite answer,” and all Dias could offer about the swap with Ford afterward was, “Undoubtedly, they’re going through a major evaluation of their portfolio, in many ways.”
The theory supports three potential causes for Edge’s potential death. Most harmless is that Ford has too many crossovers of the same size in the pipeline, and with the Edge substantially underperforming in Europe in terms of sales, it is drawing attention (the Nautilus rose 11% to 31,711 units in the US
Taking crowned as Lincoln’s bestseller, but fell 33% at the end of Q1 this year). The Ford Escape, which is about 7 inches shorter than the Edge and also seats five, is more than $ 6,000 cheaper. The Explorer, which is 10 inches longer than the Edge and seats seven, costs just $ 1665 more than the Edge.
And soon to come the Escape-based Bronco Sport and its derivatives – and Ford has wider plans for the Broncodan Mustang than we’ve imagined so far. Then there’s the European Ford Fusion-based soft-roader that calls the Subaru Outback its spirit beast and is thought to be about the size of the current Edge.
Fiorani says Ford probably thinks this segment is very crowded at home and could have a better chance of gaining market share with the new nameplate than the respectable Edge.
Another view sees Ford threatening to kill mid-sized crossovers as a negotiating tactic with Unifor; Automakers and unions are slated to start negotiating new contracts to bring success to the current agreement which expires in September.
The most damaging possibility is that the edge of the Edge and Nautilus means the beginning of Ford’s withdrawal from Canada. The factory lost the Flex and Lincoln MKZ last year. Without anything new to build after 2023, “there is no future for Oakville” and its 4,200 workers.
Closing the 67-year-old Oakville Assembly Complex will leave two Ford engine plants in Canada (Mustang’s Coyote 5.0-liter V8 and the PV-8 family serving F-Series pickups), but no vehicle assembly facilities for the first time in around 100 years.