When the original Ford Edge hit the streets in 2006, it was one of the first of what was then a new segment of crossover utility vehicles, or those that feature the tall ride height, seating space and cargo capacity of an SUV while retaining more comfortable car-like driving dynamics. A brand-new second-generation Edge coming for 2015 seeks to refine that formula with a larger footprint, more cargo space, a plethora of useful technology and new engine options. In a segment now filled with quality players from every major automaker, the new Edge will need to stand out, and it looks like Ford will deliver.
A masculine front-end design features the Edge’s trademark horizontally split front grille, now with active grille shutters for better efficiency and framed by massive headlamps. A steeply raked rear windscreen helps show off a sporty profile where the wheels are pushed toward the extreme edges, creating an athletic stance.
Three Engine Choices
A trio of available engines will come with EcoBoost turbocharging technology standard, and each should offer up excellent fuel efficiency. The base 245-horsepower 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder now features twin-scroll turbocharging for seamless power delivery plus active stop-start for efficiency, and will come with the buyer’s choice of FWD or a new AWD system that can send 100% of torque to the front or rear wheels depending on current traction needs. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost will carry over with in the neighborhood of 295 horsepower and standard AWD. Finally, a brand-new 2.7-liter EcoBoost will be found on the Edge Sport, packing a compacted graphite iron block like that of Ford’s own PowerStroke diesel. Power output will be well in excess of 300 horsepower, and AWD will come standard. All engines will come mated to 6-speed automatic transmissions with standard paddle shifters.
New Technology for a New Edge
A number of promising technologies new to Ford will make their debut on the new Edge. An adaptive steering system varies the amount the wheels are turned compared with steering input based on vehicle speed, which will improve maneuverability at low speeds while also increasing stability at higher speeds.
A new front-facing camera with a washer joins a standard backup camera, and a revamped active park assist system allows automatic parallel and perpendicular parking while feature sensors front and rear, and at the sides. You'll also find the requisite lane-keeping assist, cross-traffic sensors and blind-spot information systems.
Ford has ensured the new 2015 Edge’s interior will be a nice place to spend some quality time with the family. Fit and finish have been significantly improved with less tolerance for panel gaps, and front and rear legroom have increased along with cargo capacity. Safety systems such as inflatable rear seatbelt airbags and a new passenger knee airbag in the glovebox should help the Edge receive a Top Safety Pick Plus rating.
Moreover, the newest generation of Sync with MyFord Touch will run on a beautiful, high resolution 8-inch in-dash touchscreen. Available heated and cooled leather seating will be among the list of features found on the new top-of-the-line Edge Titanium trim level.
Pricing and Release Date
The all-new 2015 Ford Edge will hit a Ford dealer near you in the first quarter of 2015. Pricing should rise just ever so slightly from the current 2014 model, which starts at $28,100.