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Ford swaps leather for cloth in hot climates

By WhichCar Staff, 24 Mar 2017 Car News

Ford swaps leather for cloth

Is leather the new vinyl? Ford’s buyers in sunburned US states think it is

FORD has started fitting top-spec cars sold in the US with cloth seats after discovering buyers in hot climates don’t like searing ther arses on sun-kissed leather.

The first model to introduce the new “downgraded” seats is the Ford Edge,a  five-seat SUV that will arrive in Australia early next year as a replacement for the locally made Ford Territory.

2017 Ford Edge (US model shown)“The decision to offer a cloth interior on a higher series model that features more standard equipment and technology comes at the request of customers who reside in markets with more extreme weather conditions,” Ford said in a statement after revealing the edge at the Dallas Fort Worth Auto Show in Texas.

“Dallas averages more than 230 sunny days a year, and because cloth seating materials tend to be more comfortable in the heat, Edge sells about five percent more non-leather seats in Dallas than the national average.

“With the Edge SEL Sport Appearance Package, customers no longer have to choose between leather-bound comfort and technology,” it said.

Dallas temperatures range between an average of about 14 degrees Celsius in winter, and around 36 degrees in the height of summer.

The cloth-seated Edge comes well equipped, featuring a dark-accented exterior, 19-inch 10-spoke wheels, grille, mirror caps and rear spoiler. Inside, it gets grey fabric seats with contrasting suede-like fabric inserts that Ford says stay cooler in the heat.

Is this something Ford Australia would like to offer here with the all-new Edge due on sale next year? WhichCar has asked the question.