The Ford Edge and Lincoln Nautilus for the U.S. market are constructed on the Ford Oakville Meeting Complicated (OAC) in Ontario, Canada. Carscoops noticed that the union chapter that works the plant, Unifor 707, provided an update to its employees about what’s forward in 2024 because the OAC retools to construct 5 new electric vehicles. The third sentence within the replace is that this: “As communicated by the Plant Supervisor the final Edge is scheduled to be constructed on April twenty sixth.” The Edge has been on dying look ahead to at the very least 4 years, the summer time of 2020 seeing the first public reports that Ford had killed its program to develop a next-generation Edge. In a span of 24 hours, Ford ignored the report, then denied it, then ignored it once more, then talked round it to inquiring media and to Unifor 707. Insiders anticipated the execution to occur in 2023 or 2024, and though the speculated date has moved round a bit, right here we’re on schedule on the finish of the highway.
The 2024 Edge is the 2023 Edge, for apparent causes, and you’ll purchase one for some time longer. The bottom SE begins at $39,960 after the $1,495 vacation spot cost, the highest tier ST begins at $48,700. This pricing is one other signal of the Edge’s not being comfy within the lineup. Once we wrote in 2021 about purported causes for the Edge’s demise, we stated, “The Edge is claimed to be useless for good, because of Ford having 4 two-row crossovers within the lineup with the arrival of the vastly in style Bronco line, and a three-row Explorer that is solely $175 costlier in the meanwhile.” That Explorer is now almost $1,600 lower than the Edge in base kind, an Explorer XLT not even $200 greater than an Edge.
So ends 14 years of life for a very fashionable crossover. For the reason that Edge’s first full yr on sale in 2007, the midsizer has fallen wanting 100,000 gross sales within the U.S. on simply three events: The Nice Recession yr of 2009, and the Covid restoration years of 2021 and 2022. And even these years weren’t dangerous, the Edge doing numbers within the mid-to-upper 80,000s. In 2023, the Edge was at cruising altitude once more with 106,098 models moved within the U.S.
The one remaining Edge would be the trendy, three-row Chinese language-market model that debuted final yr as the Edge L, constructed in-built Ford’s manufacturing unit in Changan, China. The Lincoln Nautilus will proceed for our market as a Lincolnized model of that Chinese language Edge. The 2024 Nautilus debuted last year, Ford lately utilizing to announce the 48-inch show known as the Lincoln Digital Experience.
Subsequent yr, the Escape is slated to observe the Edge into the abyss. Assuming that occurs, Ford’s combustion-engined SUV lineup could be right down to the Bronco Sport, Bronco, Explorer and Expedition.