Ford says that the new Edge model has been “designed from the ground up to be visually athletic and to meet high expectations for quality in Europe and around the world".

The Edge will join the new Kuga medium-sized SUV and all-new EcoSport compact SUV in Ford’s expanding SUV line-up.

Ford’s all-new Edge model features four doors, a five-seat configuration, and a host of advanced technologies.

Such features include Adaptive Steering, which makes it easier to manoeuvre the model, along with Active Noise Cancellation technology and Front Split View Camera.

Other technologies that will feature on the all-new Ford Edge include Hands-Free Tailgate, SYNC 2, Adaptive Cruise Control, Inflatable Rear Seatbelts, 20-inch alloy wheels, heated steering wheel, and heated and cooled front seats.

Ford will offer the Edge in Europe with two versions of its 2.0-litre Duratorque TDCi diesel engine. A 178bhp version, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, will generate 400Nm of torque and is projected to emit 149g/km of CO2.

In addition, a more powerful 207bhp unit, fitted with a six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission and paddle-shift controls, delivers 450Nm of torque and is claimed to emit 159g/km of CO2.

With an SUV range that is growing, Ford has stated that it expects to sell three times more SUVs in Europe than it does today by 2018.