Instead, it will be built and sold exclusively in China.
Slotting between the Escape and the three-row Explorer, the Ford Edge is living on borrowed time. It's been widely reported that Ford is planning to discontinue the two-row crossover after the current-generation ends for the 2022 model year.
But what will replace it? Rumors have claimed Ford is plotting to stretch the Escape into a three-row crossover, which would be an ideal replacement. However, according to a new report, the three-row Ford Escape will not be sold in the US and will instead be built and sold exclusively for the Chinese market.
The three-row Ford Escape is expected to launch in late 2021 or early 2022 and will share the same C2 platform as the current 2020 Ford Escape, 2021 Ford Bronco Sport, Lincoln Corsair, and the upcoming Ford Maverick compact pickup. Compared to the regular model, the three-row Ford Escape will have a longer wheelbase and a less sloped roofline, enabling room for up to seven passengers. Modifications to the roof, C-, and D-pillars will also give China's three-row Ford Edge a boxier appearance than America's two-row model. Apart from the addition of a third row, the cabin will be identical.
If the three-row Ford Escape won't replace the Edge in the US when it gets discontinued, then what will? All bets are now on the Ford Fusion Active. While the Fusion mid-size sedan is dead in America after Ford made the bold decision to ax every passenger car in its US model lineup, the nameplate will live on in the new Fusion Active wagon that will compete with the Subaru Outback. Leaked photos from last month showed the new Fusion wagon will have a similar front fascia to the Edge and a high-tech interior featuring a wide screen spanning the entire dashboard mimicking the layout of Mercedes' MBUX system.