Here we have the 2015 Ford Edge – a crossover which first appeared in 2006 to challenge the Nissan Murano. This second generation is based on the Ford Global Midsize Platform – which underpins the Fusion/Mondeo. Its exterior borrows heavily from the recent Ford Edge Concept, while the interior is close to current corporate cabins.
However, the big story is the addition of new technologies, in particular ones that enhance safety and comfort. Available driver-assist technologies include adaptive steering system; enhanced active park assist; adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support; 180-degree front camera with washer; glove box-mounted airbag system; inflatable rear safety belts; and a hands-free liftgate.
The model will be available in four trims: SE, SEL, Sport, and Titanium. Three engines will be available worldwide. a standard twin-scroll 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder offering an estimated 245 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque and a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 estimated to have more than 300 horsepower. A normally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 engine will also be offered with an unspecified amount of power. All will be equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Both front- and all-wheel drive models have been engineered for greater comfort.
There is a redesigned suspension – front and rear – developed to isolate road imperfection and absorb noise. Ford used more high-strength steel in the body, resulting in up to a 26 percent increase in stiffness. The Edge has adaptive electric steering which Ford claims makes the vehicle more maneuverable and dynamic, but also has an efficiency advantage, and facilitates the self-parking function.
All of these new features will be assets as Ford pitches the Edge to a new, global audience. The vehicle launches in the U.S. in early 2015, followed by launches in South America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific. It will be the first Edge available in Western Europe in a ringing endorsement of the company’s successful One Ford Strategy pioneered by outgoing Ford CEO Alan Mulally.
By Nico Grant