After being introduced in concept form at last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, the Dearborn automaker Ford has finally been officially revealed the second-generation 2015 Edge crossover. The new model received a very radical changes compared to the current model.
Although based on the same global midsize vehicle platform as the Ford Fusion aka Mondeo, the all-new Edge still take many design cues from its concept version. It could be said that the full production model is exactly the same as the Edge concept that makes its public appearance at the 2013 LA Auto Show.
Marketing Manager Ford Large Cars & Utilities, Kim Cape, said that Ford is really focused on developing the second-generation Edge with the highest standard of craftsmanship. Their focus is not only creating high quality exterior and interior design, but also provides a premium experience for Ford customers.
Overall, the 2015 Ford Edge comes with a significant change in terms of its design and high-quality materials. Moreover, this crossover has also adopted advanced technology and became the first Ford product backed by an all-new adaptive steering technology, which will make the Edge becomes more fun to drive and easier to maneuver.
Speaking of engine options, the all-new redesigned Edge will be available in three different engine options in the North American market and two of them are completely new engine. All engine options will be offered with a six-speed automatic transmission featuring SelectShift manual mode.
The twin-scroll 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine will be a standard option for this new crossover, with a peak output of at least 245 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. Ford claims that this twin-scroll engine receives a significant improvement compared to the current standard engine – more efficient and offer more capabilities.
The 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine gets a few changes such as a new twin-scroll design to optimize camshaft timing, reduce turbo lag and improve engine performance. In addition, there are also new aluminum balance shaft, lighter engine block casting, newly designed lighter pistons, new high-pressure direct-injection and Auto Start-Stop system.
Meanwhile, the 2015 Ford Edge Sport will be powered by an all-new twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine with a maximum power output of more than 300 horsepower. The Dearborn automaker said that this new engine ensures Edge Sport became the highest-performance Edge in its history, offering better power output and fuel efficiency.
According to Ford, the new 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine utilizes the same compacted graphite iron in its cylinder block with extremely stiff and compact design, as used on the 6.7-liter Power Stroke engine. This enables the 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine to produce more power and torque, as well as more efficient.
In addition to the above two engines, Ford apparently also offers a naturally-aspirated 3.5-liter V6 engine in the Edge crossover. Unfortunately, they have not announced performance figures of the engine – horsepower, torque and fuel efficiency.
Edge’s body stiffness has increased by 26 percent, Ford said. The front-wheel drive models will be equipped with standard new MacPherson front suspension featuring integral-link and independent rear suspension.
The 2015 model year is equipped with several features, including adaptive cruise control, adaptive electric steering, new 180-degree front camera, active park assist and parking sensors. As for safety features, Ford offers Active glove box knee airbag, Inflatable rear safety belts, AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, Curve Control and Blind spot monitoring system with cross-traffic alert.
Moving into the cabin, interior does not get a significant change compared to the current model, but there are some minor updates and cabin layout to be more spacious than before. In addition, the interior is equipped with 8-inch LCD touch screen with SYNC and MyFord Touch features, as well as optional Panoramic Vista Roof.
Just as we’ve said in previous articles, the 2015 Ford Edge will go on sale early next year in more than 100 markets in the world and will be available in several trim levels, including SE, SEL, Sport and Titanium. The new Edge crossover will go into the production line at Ford’s Oakville Assembly Complex, near Toronto.
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