Their demise was predicted over a year ago.
The Edge competes with a number of other SUVs within Ford.
The Lincoln Nautilus may get a second life.
Rumours of the demise of two of Ford’s midsize two-row SUVs date back over a year. But now, it seems that the Ford Edge and its twin, the Lincoln Nautilus, are in fact not going to live beyond 2023.
At the very least, this will be the Edge’s fate. Sold alongside the new Bronco, Bronco Sport, Escape, and the Explorer, the Edge has lost its foothold where design, technology, and capabilities are concerned. It was due for a revamp in 2023 but it won’t return.
As for the Lincoln Nautilus, it may yet survive the end of the Edge, at least the name might be affixed to another vehicle. Lincoln is expected to launch new small and midsize fully-electric crossovers in 2025, according to Autoblog, and one of these could potentially sport the Nautilus name. The Oakville assembly plant, where the Edge and Nautilus are currently built, is expected to build a new EV by 2025 and another four by 2028.
Meanwhile, the Ford Explorer and its non-identical twin, the Lincoln Aviator, will get a fully electric version. It’s unclear as to what platform will underpin these electric SUVs but it could come down to the GE2 evolution of the Mach-E’s GE1 platform, from Rivian or possibly Volkswagen’s MEB.