A longer wheelbase = higher standing in society.
Ford has revealed a long-wheelbase variant of the Edge crossover exclusively for China called the Edge L. The three-row crossover has seating for seven and replaces the Edge Plus in the Chinese lineup, slotting in beneath the Ford Equator SUV. The Chinese Ford Edge L looks nothing like the standard compact crossover we get stateside, though, as it is designed in the country for its domestic audience. Its futuristic face is an attractive element, featuring a full-width LED light bar and horizontally stacked DRLs. Various bumper designs are available based on trim, with a sporty ST-Line looking particularly aggressive.
Unfortunately, things get a little awkward in side profile, where the long wheelbase doesn't quite suit the proportions.
The C-pillar meets bodywork with a distinct uptick at the lower end housing an 'L' badge, with this trailing line towards the tail flowing downwards. This design line is mimicked by the rearmost side window, with the upper roof trim tapering down to create a pseudo-coupe-crossover design. However, the flush door handles integrate very neatly into the bodywork.
Dimensionally, at 196.9 inches long with a 116.1-inch wheelbase, the Edge L gains 7.3 inches in length and 3.9 inches in the wheelbase compared to its American namesake. It stands 69.8 inches tall and 77.2 inches wide.
Inside the cabin, that extra length allows it to play host to seven occupants in a 2+2+3 configuration, with a cabin that looks vastly better than what we get here in America.
The dash is a fully digital experience. A digital instrument cluster measuring 12.3 inches is par for the course, but it's the accompanying 27-inch 4K infotainment touchscreen that dominates the dash, underscored by horizontal air vents and a floating center console with an abundance of storage solutions. A head-up display, power sunroof, ambient lighting, tri-zone climate control, and reclining second-row seats with extending footrests are among the available features, as is a Bang & Olufsen sound system.
Standard upholstery options include a light two-tone scheme with copper accents, while the ST-Line derivative gets black upholstery with red details.
Powertrain options include a 2.0-liter turbo EcoBoost four-cylinder (249 horsepower/279 lb-ft of torque) and a hybrid variant with 271 hp and 299 lb-ft on tap. AWD is standard, as is an automatic transmission.
Deliveries begin in April, followed by hybrid models in July. American arrival is unlikely as the Chinese market is notorious for receiving market-specific models that are vastly more premium than ours, like the Chinese Ford Explorer.
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