DETROIT-- Ford is touting the 2015 Edge crossover as a showcase for its latest technologies.
It will be the first Ford-branded vehicle offered with such features as adaptive steering, a 180-degree front camera, an enhanced parking assist system and a glove box airbag.
Ford showed the vehicle to journalists last week at a daylong preview here. A concept version was shown in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
The new vehicle is roomier, more powerful and more aerodynamic than the first-generation Edge, which debuted in 2006. Ford hopes to move the vehicle upscale.
"We're attracting new and affluent customers," said Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of the Americas.
The Edge is to appear in U.S. dealerships early next year. Although it has been sold in a few foreign markets such as Canada and Latin America, the 2015 model will for the first time be exported from Ford's Oakville, Ontario, plant to such markets as China and Europe, the company said.