I’m not entirely sure what’s going on, but China appears to have more long-wheelbase versions of regular-wheelbase cars than any other market in the world. The latest one to join that list is the Ford Edge L—which actually is the third-gen model and most likely a replacement for the China-only Edge Plus. At the time of publishing this story, both models were listed on Ford’s official Chinese website, but that might change in the coming days.
The Edge L looks significantly different compared with the Edge the world is familiar with or even the China-only Edge Plus. The design language—especially the front fascia—is similar to that of the EVOS coupe-SUV and 2022 Mondeo sedan. The taillight design and the connecting bar are thick and seem a bit overdone, but so is the rest of the vehicle with unnecessary creases and edges. According to reports, the Edge L rides on the same platform as Evos and Mondeo. For those interested to know the dimensions, the Edge L measures 5,000 mm long, 1,961 mm wide and 1,773 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,950 mm.
On the inside, the dashboard is full of displays—as is the case with a lot of premium SUVs these days. The driver display measures 12.3-inches, and next to it is a 27-inch display that covers the front passenger side as well. Each row appears to get a generous amount of legroom, and the second-row in this particular example features reclining captain’s chairs with a deployable footrest. Notice that the centre console in the second-row features two wireless charging pads. Being a modern SUV means, of course, you can expect all the latest technology and ADAS.
The Edge L offers two powertrain options for Chinese customers. The first one is a 2.0L 4-cylinder EcoBoost (turbo petrol) engine with 185 kW (252 metric hp) and 378 Nm (279 lb-ft), coupled with an automatic transmission.
There’ll also be a hybrid powertrain that combines a 2.0L 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine, an electric motor and an automatic gearbox, offering combined figures of 202 kW (275 metric hp) and 405 Nm (299 lb-ft). If I understood correctly, the hybrid version offers all-wheel-drive options. However, it is unclear if the e-motor sits at the rear or is integrated into the gearbox, but will update once the information becomes available.