New images of the Europe-bound Ford Edge have been revealed, along with a raft of details on the forthcoming SUV.

The blue oval is talking up the latest addition to its model range as the company’s most technologically-advanced SUV ever. That said, the Kuga and Ecosport were hardly at the forefront of new car tech.

Let’s not be snooty though, because the list of kit set to appear in the Edge is decent.

Technology is used to make journeys more comfortable and less stressful, using camera- and sensor-based driver assistance systems to help road users avoid or mitigate the effects of collisions.

As such, it will come with post‑collision braking, evasive steering assist and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go and lane centring assist.

Under the bonnet of the Edge will be Ford’s latest powertrain technologies, honed to deliver effortless performance, as well as fleet-friendly fuel-efficiency and lower CO2 emissions.

One of the units available will be a new 234bhp two-litre EcoBlue bi-turbo diesel engine, which delivers the power, torque and driving performance of a larger-capacity engine and the kind of fuel return and low CO2 output you’d expect from a smaller unit.

Ford will also offer two other two-litre diesels – a 148bhp front-wheel drive unit, linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and a 187bhp variant with all-wheel drive, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.

Sport variant

Because Brits love nothing more than a sporty-looking motor, an ST-Line variant will deliver styling inspired by the Ford Performance division.

That means this particular Edge will come with body-coloured lower door, wing and body side mouldings, a front upper grille and black finish on the horizontal bars and surround.

Other fierce styling tweaks include chrome-topped dual exhausts, perforated partial leather seats with ten-way power front seats, a perforated leather steering wheel, aluminium sports pedals and premium velour floor mats.

The ST-Line Edge will ride on 20-inch wheels or optional 21-inch, premium, painted aluminium upgrades.

Expect Ford’s latest SUV to arrive in UK showrooms later this year.

Ben Robb, brand manager at The Fuelcard People, commented: “SUVs are the fastest-growing vehicle segment right now and Ford are Britain’s biggest-selling car maker, so the Ford Edge SUV is virtually guaranteed to be a success.”

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