Just as Ford announced that it has sold more than 400,000 Edge CUVs since late 2006, the company prepares to release the next generation 2011 Ford Edge. The new Edge will be available with a choice of two new drivetrains to go along with the standard 3.5 liter V6 engine. The new options include a 2.0 liter EcoBoost that can generate 285 horsepower and a 3.5 liter 3.7 Ti-VCT V6 which is for the Edge Sport.
Design improvements to the exterior of the Edge gives it a more prominent grille that resembles the Fusion sedan, a choice of 18-inch and 20-inch alloy wheels, a revised suspension, and upgraded brake hardware which is expected to improve stopping distance. There is also an all-new interior that features higher quality materials and better soundproofing. In addition, the new Edge will include the newest Sync and a new infotainment control system called MyFord Touch.
MyFord Touch was all the rave when it was introduced at the International Consumer Electronics Show in January. Many consumer electronics enthusiasts call it nothing less than "awesome!" The MyFord Touch features an 8-inch touchscreen display in the center stack of the gauge section of the dashboard. There are also two 4.2-inch LCD screens on the right and left of the analog speedometer and two five-way button controls on the steering wheel. The system allows the driver to control the infotainment system by voice, touch or steering wheel controls.
The system actually breaks down non-driving tasks into four groups -- the phone, climate, navigation and entertainment. The 8-inch touchscreen includes a button for one of the four groupings and they are color coded -- the button for the phone is brown, navigation is green, entertainment is purple and climate is blue. And you can change the colors if you prefer. The 4.2-inch LCD screen on the left side of the cluster holds mileage and fuel information, trip computer information, radar cruise control distance indicator, vehicle information and a tachometer. The 4.2-inch screen on the right has information from the four MyFord Touch groupings. You will know which group information you are looking at based on the color code.
And the MyFord Touch has some really extraordinary features. For example, you can take the settings you have created using one MyFord Touch system and carry them over to another car equipped with a MyFord Touch using an SD card or flash drive. So you can transfer from one car to another your customized color scheme, radio presets, music tags, seat position and more. The 2011 Edge is also equipped with the newest generation Ford Sync, a system that allows you to control elements of the car via voice commands. The new Sync can now recognize up to 10,000 voice commands.