LOS ANGELES -- Ford Motor Co. will make a version of the Ford Edge with three rows of seats for China, Jim Farley, Ford executive vice president of global marketing, sales and service, told journalists last week on the eve of the auto show.
The vehicle will arrive next year and will be assembled in China.
"We're going to build a very specific three-row Edge for China," Farley said. "It's a really bright spot for our company."
A Ford spokesman said the China-built Edge will be about 16 inches longer than the current Edge, which is built in Oakville, Ontario.
The new model will be built by Ford's Changan Ford joint venture and sold through Changan Ford dealerships, Ford said in a statement. For the rest of the world, the Edge is offered with two rows of seats.
When the new Edge arrives, Ford will have three vehicles with three rows of seats: the Edge, Explorer and Everest, a vehicle introduced in April at the Beijing auto show and based on the global Ranger truck platform.
Farley said Ford is on target to sell 1 million vehicles in China this year, "a record for us."