THE FRANKFURT motor show is Europe’s largest gathering of cars, technology and accessories that are making their way to British roads. And one of the biggest exhibitors is Ford, Britain’s bestselling brand on four wheels.
This year it will be showing a large new sport utility vehicle (SUV), which will provide drivers with an alternative to the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Volkswagen Touareg and Volvo XC60, not to mention the Land Rover Discovery Sport. The five-seat family car is expected to cost more than £30,000 and is already on sale in America.
The question is, what is it called? We’ll give you a clue: the new car shares its name with a well-known guitarist in one of the world’s largest supergroups. Scroll down for the answer …
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The answer is … drum roll … the Edge. The Ford Edge is larger (4,810mm long) and more expensive than the Ford Kuga compact SUV, and comes with gadgets such as adaptive steering, making it easier to park, and active noise cancellation, making it quieter. Four-wheel drive is standard, and there will be a choice of two 2-litre diesel engines, with 178bhp and 207bhp.
It shares much of its technology with the latest Galaxy, S-Max and Mondeo. That includes a collision-avoidance and pedestrian-detection system, and front-mounted cameras that help drivers see more clearly when they are pulling out of a parking space or obscured junction.
Roelant de Waard, Ford’s marketing boss for Europe, declares that the Edge will have more room for passengers than rival car makers’ SUVs with considerably heftier price tags. Perhaps even enough room for a modestly sized Irish rock band.