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Ford Edge Concept can park itself, no valet required

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Ford is on the verge of replacing the Edge.

The automaker has revealed a concept at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show that offers a preview of the style and substance of the next generation of its popular crossover.

The five-passenger vehicle features a sleeker design than the current model, with a swept-back grille, muscular hood and slim LED headlamps.

Inside a leather-wrapped upscale interior is centered around a gigantic 10-inch touch screen for the MyFord Touch infotainment system, augmented with a control knob and more buttons than the current edition.

Ford hasn’t specified what kind of engine under the hood, other than to say that it is a member of the company’s turbocharged EcoBoost family, but its efficiency is augmented by shutters in the grille that improve aerodynamics and temperature control, as well as ducts in the front fascia that direct the airflow through the wheel wells and along the sides of the vehicle to help lower drag.

The vehicle is also a showcase for future driver assist technologies currently under development that include a collision avoidance system that can detect obstacles ahead and autonomously take evasive action with the brakes and steering if the driver fails to act, along with a remote parking feature that can direct the Edge Concept into and out of a space without a driver on board.

No word on when a production version of the Edge Concept will be shown, but the model is expected to be replaced some time in 2015.