By Nat Shirley
Wednesday, Feb 13th, 2013 @ 5:30 pm
 
Ford has accidently published a thumbnail image of the next-generation Edge crossover in a powerpoint presentation prepared for last month's Deutsche Bank Global Auto Industry Conference.

The image reveals that the next Edge - which is expected to launch as a 2015 model - will ditch the current model's rounded look for a sharper, more chiseled appearance.

Up front, the crossover sports an aggressive hexagon grille that bears a resemblance to that of the Taurus in shape, if not size. Other notable details include prominent character lines and what looks to be a fairly steeply raked windshield.

Underneath the sheetmetal, the new Edge will ride on the same midsize C/D platform as the new Fusion. A slight increase in overall size is likely to reduce overlap with the latest Escape, which is one of the larger crossovers in the "compact" segment.

The existing 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder will almost certainly continue to be offered, but the fates of the current model's 3.5- and 3.7-liter V6s aren't as clear-cut due to Ford's ever-increasing emphasis on efficient, downsized powerplants. If the Blue Oval decides to make fuel economy a major focus, the Fusion's 1.6-liter EcoBoost four and hybrid powertrain could end up under the Edge's hood.

Official details on the 2015 Edge are probably many months away, but we'll keep our eyes peeled in the meantime for new leaks.