Presented as a concept last November in Los Angeles, the production-spec 2015 Ford Edge has been revealed. As expected, the all-new edition of Ford's popular 5-passenger crossover shares much in common with the show car. Visually bolder, offering more interior space, greater technological refinement and promising even better performance and handling than the current model, the 2015 Edge will be a formidable rival to the Chevrolet Equinox, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, Nissan Murano and Toyota Venza. Available in SE, SEL, Sport and a new luxury Titanium grade, the Gen II Edge also will be the first Ford to feature standard EcoBoost power across its entire lineup.
New from the ground up
The 2015 Edge is based on an all-new core structure from Ford's global architecture underpinning the Fusion. Greater use of high-strength steel increases the new Edge's overall stiffness by 26 percent and torsional rigidity by 16 percent, creating an even more solid foundation for its heavily revised suspension. Now tuned for better control and responsiveness, it also provides enhanced isolation. Bolstered by AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control and new Curve Control, this fully independent setup has a notably tauter character in the Edge Sport which comes with Ford's new Adaptive Steering technology (optional on the Titanium) that enhances maneuverability at all speeds.
Employing cues from Ford's latest styling language, the new Edge features a bolder but sleeker exterior appearance set off with LED lighting and aero-enhancing elements that include flow-optimizing Air Curtains and Active Grille Shutters on select models. The new design philosophy carries over into the Edge's cabin, which shares that same flair, with a more premium look and feel whether fitted with cloth or leather. Redesigned seats provide even greater comfort and support while extensive sound-abatement also make this the quietest Edge ever. All versions have acoustic windshield glass and the Edge Sport comes with Active Noise Cancellation while the Titanium features acoustic glass in the front doors. A 1.0-inch stretch in wheelbase and a taller roof helps increase legroom and headroom for all passengers in the new Edge, while cargo space rises by 7.0 cu ft with the 60/40 rear bench up and by 4.5 cu ft when down.
Standard EcoBoost power
The 2015 Ford Edge will offer a choice of three engines, each backed by a 6-speed Shiftronic automatic with Normal/Sport modes and shifter paddles on the steering wheel. A smoother, quieter and comprehensively redesigned version of the 2.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost inline-4 that makes an estimated 245 horses and 270 lb-ft of torque will be standard in the SE, SEL and Limited and offer an economy-enhancing Start/Stop system. The Edge Sport gets its own exclusive version of Ford's all-new 2.7-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 projected to crank out "at least 300 horsepower" as well as V8-level torque and while a 265-horse naturally aspirated version of the current 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6 also will be on offer. Buyers can upgrade from front-drive to a seamless on-demand all-wheel-drive system that can send up to 100 percent of the available torque to either axle as traction conditions dictate with any engine.
The 2015 Edge introduces a new 180-degree front camera with washer to complement its rear-view camera as well as Ford's new active glove box knee airbag, an enhanced active park assist with parallel/perpendicular back-in capability plus an obstacle-sensing side-parking warning system. Other available features include heated/cooled front seats and the automaker's inflatable rear-seat shoulder belt. Standard on Sport and Limited trims, SYNC with MyFord Touch also will see expanded availability in the SEL.
The 2015 Ford Edge arrives in showrooms here early next year and will ultimately be sold in over 100 markets around the world. Additional product details as well as pricing and EPA numbers will be released closer to the on-sale date.
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