Ford is pulling out the stops with an onslaught of new models – production and concept. The Edge Concept is the latest offering...BARCELONA, Spain - The all-new Ford Edge Concept made its European debut at Ford’s special “Go Further” event in Barcelona.According to Ford, the Edge is already popular in the US and other markets around the world and will enhance the European range of SUVs available there, such as the Kuga and EcoSport. NO PLANS FOR SAThe Edge is one of 25 new vehicles that Ford will launch in Europe by 2018,but there are no plans to bring the car to South Africa.Ford says the new concept has automated driving technologies such as self-parking and obstacle avoidance systems currently under development by Ford. The company says: “The research and development vehicle can issue warnings if it detects slower or stationary obstacles in the same lane and – if the driver fails to steer or brake the system will do both to avoid a collision.“Adaptive steering makes steering at low speed dramatically easier, and steering in all conditions feel more confident and engaging. The technology controls the relationship between how much the driver turns the wheel and how much the road wheels turn. This means pulling into or out of a parking space will require less effort from the driver."Unveiled by Ford executive VP Jim Farley, the Edge Concept gives a strong indication of the technology, design and craftsmanship direction of the company’s first new large SUV for Europe. NEW TECHNOLOGIESThe concept also showcases potential advanced technologies, including a push-button and remote-operated parking feature customers could use from inside or outside the vehicle.Farley said: “The SUV line-up is a significant growth opportunity for Ford globally. All One Ford SUV’s share the modern design, smart advanced technologies, and true capability. These attributes help to differentiate Ford across the range of our global line-up.”Key attributes included a sleek, sporty appearance, capability, fuel efficiency and technology that assists the driver.The exterior is described as fluid and athletic with strong shoulder lines while the rearwards slope of the grille influences the shape of the bonnet. It also includes active grille shutters which aid the fuel-efficiency of the next-gen EcoBoost engine with stop/start technology. The shutters automatically open and close to maintain ideal engine operating temperature and maximise aerodynamic efficiency. When activated, a panel slips down from above, then two more move into place, appearing as if they radiate from the Ford oval.LED lighting is used in front and rear and the concept unit is painted in what Ford calls Copper Flame.Inside there’s a leather-wrapped and hand-stitched instrument panel; 25.4cm centre display with Ford Sync with voice control and touchscreen; brightwork on the armrest, door-release surround and air vents; floating instrument cluster; scuff plates with bright silver finish, matte black paint and LED-lit “Edge”.