by Scott Lew
he all-new Ford Edge demonstrates what happens when a proven leader gets even better. The original crossover utility vehicle from Ford is loaded with more technology, higher levels of craftsmanship and greatly improved vehicle dynamics. Here are the 8 exciting new things about the all-new 2015 Ford Edge.
8 – The Edge represents the first Ford vehicle to feature standard EcoBoost power.
The twin-scroll 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine offers an estimated 245 horsepower. Beyond efficiency advantages, this new engine will also provide more capability. The EcoBoost engine is a twin-scroll design enabling optimized camshaft timing for improved engine performance and reduced turbo lag. A new, lighter engine block casting along with new aluminum balance shaft assembly shaves six pounds from the engine’s gravitational weight. The all-new Edge has the power you’re looking for with the added advantage of fuel efficiency.
7 – The Edge is not only more luxurious and comfortable, but also quieter.
This is achieved by better sealing of the body, sound insulation improvements, and powertrains that are better isolated from the cabin which makes for a quieter ride. So now your long drives can be more peaceful than ever.
6 – The Edge will be the first Ford to feature adaptive steering technology.
A standard feature on the Edge Sport and available on the new Titanium series, adaptive steering changes the ratio between your actions at the steering wheel – the number of turns – and how much the front wheels turn. In traditional steering systems, this is a fixed steering ratio. With Ford adaptive steering, the steering ratio continually changes with vehicle speed, optimizing steering response in all situations. At lower speeds the new system makes the vehicle more agile and easier to turn. At highway speeds, the system further optimizes steering response, enabling the Edge to react more smoothly and precisely to your input. And more control means a more responsive and fun drive.
5 – An all-new body and suspension.
The Edge has a new body structure and redesigned suspension – front and rear – developed specifically to better isolate road imperfection and absorb noise without compromising handling. As a result, the Edge is well suited for an everyday commute, but ready to attack when the road opens up.
4 – Manually select gears with race-inspired paddles on the steering wheel.
The SelectShift transmission features two modes of operation – drive and sport. Sport mode offers a more aggressive shift pattern, allowing the engine to rev higher during acceleration, and hold lower gears longer to support spirited, fast-paced sessions.
Unlike many paddle-shift systems, the Edge six-speed automatic is always “live in drive,” so you won’t have to select sport mode to enable operation. SelectShift puts you in complete control of the all-new Edge.
3 – Quality craftsmanship inside and out.
Overall, the 2015 Edge represents a significant move forward in both material and visual quality. Throughout the vehicle, seams are tighter and more consistent, and the design has been executed in a way that reduces visual cut lines. Ford designers and engineers worked out the smallest of details, such as rethinking how the front doors meet the instrument panel, simplifying merging points and reducing potential alignment issues. And thanks in part to smart design work and next-generation seats that are thinner and more supportive, the interior of the new Edge is larger and more spacious.
2 – Built in Canada.
In preparation for 2015 Edge production, Ford’s Oakville Assembly Complex has been fitted with more than 250 new, more advanced robots to improve the build quality and repeatability performance of the equipment. Many of these robots have been installed to work to the most demanding levels of precision – with duties that require thousandths of an inch accuracy to ensure repeatable, high-quality assembly. Production for the 2015 Edge will take place in Canada, but the vehicle will be sold in over 100 markets.
1 – The Edge represents a new level of technology for better driving.
The 2015 Edge will be a technology leader for Ford with a suite of standard and available technologies designed to improve the driving experience and the level of occupant comfort. Technologies being offered for the first time include adaptive steering, enhanced active park assist, side parking sensors and a 180-degree front camera with washer. The 2015 Edge will also have available Ford driving technologies like reverse sensing systems, foot-activated liftgate, SYNC® with MyFord Touch®, and lane-keeping system.
*Available early 2015. Pre-production vehicles shown. Vehicles may be shown with optional features. Check with your dealer for availability in your area.