Ford's Edge crossover is a popular model in the automaker's lineup and one enjoying strong sales, but it's never really piqued the interest of green car buyers.

That could change with the next generation model, which could be offered as a hybrid, according to some sources.

Ford's current lineup lacks a hybrid crossover option, since last year's Escape switched to Ecoboost four-cylinder turbocharged units. For those who enjoyed the previous Escape Hybrid's impressive mileage, utility and longevity, the current Fusion and C-Max hybrids are slim consolation.

It's the current Fusion Hybrid that could form the basis of an Edge-based hybrid, says The Detroit News. The existing Edge is based on the previous Fusion, and it's likely the current Fusion will lend its workings to the next Edge model.

The new model will be previewed by a concept shown at next week's Los Angeles Auto Show. A production model is due some time in late 2014.

The model it replaces has changed little since its introduction in 2006, but sales have remained steady. The new model is expected to coincide with increased demands in emerging markets like China and Russia--and will join a wide range of crossovers and minivans offered in those markets--like the subcompact EcoSport and B-Max, and the larger S-Max minivan.

As with the current model, the next Edge is also likely to offer a range of EcoBoost engines.

Styling will incorporate a mix of current Edge design cues, and details found on more recent Ford vehicles--the Fusion's narrow headlights are expected to make an appearance, and the familiar chrome grille will be restyled.

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