Originally launched in 2006, the Ford Edge was one of the first crossovers, and was limited to the North American and some Latin American markets. Fast forward a few years, and the crossover segment is booming, and the newly redesigned 2015 Ford Edge is destined for the world. It will be marketed worldwide, in more than 100 markets.
Along with the global push, the Edge is going bigger and better. It's now more upscale, and will be offered in Ford's top Titanium trim level. It is roomier, longer, more powerful and more aerodynamic than the version it's replacing. Ford is using the 2015 Edge as a showcase for it's newest technologies. Slotted between the cheaper Ford Escape and the family hauling Explorer, the redesigned 2015 Ford Edge is aimed at a more upscale customer.
Hitting dealerships early next year, the Edge will be the first Ford-branded vehicle to come with tech features normally found only in Lincolns. It comes with a 180-dregree front camera, adaptive steering, a glovebox airbag, pre-collision braking, lane-keeping assist and an enhanced self-parking assist system that works for vertical and parallel parking. Also included are aactive noise cancelling, a giant panoramic moonroof that is nearly 4 feet long, and an infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen.
The 2015 Ford Edge is also the first Ford to get the newly redesigned 245 hp 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine with a twin-scroll turbocharger that optimizes camshaft design for reduced turbo lag and improved engine performance. There are also two other engines available, a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 and a conventionally aspirated 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V-6. The EcoBoost version is the same as what will be found in the new F-150 and is expected to deliver 300 horses. All engines are paired to a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters and a sport mode. Buyers can select from front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive versions.
The five-seater Edge is built on the same chassis as the Fusion mid-size sedan, known as the CD platform. The body is stiffer, against both bending and twisting forces. A new suspension was created to help the Edge perform well on the narrow, twisting roads of Europe. Style wise, the redesigned Edge looks sleeker and more athletic than the outgoing version. Cargo space has been increased by 7 cubic feet, and both front and rear passengers get a little more legroom.
Built in Oakville, Ontario, the Edge will be exported to Europe in late 2015, and China as well. This will be the first version of the Edge to be made available in right-hand drive configurations. Different variations will be available in those markets. Two diesel options will be offered in Europe, where none will be offered in the United States. The Edge will compete with luxury brands overseas, and so it will get a more sophisticated digital dash than what is available to North Americans. Ford says that China will be the biggest crossover/utility market in the world by 2018 and that crossovers are the fastest growing segment in the world.
No pricing has been announced yet.
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca