The 2012 Ford Edge will be powered by the new EcoBoost 2.0-liter engine, reducing the fuel consumption of the crossover to an EPA rating of 30 mpg highway. This engine had previously been used on the Explorer.
This makes the 2012 Ford Edge as the most economical SUV of its size or larger, aside from cars like the Honda Civic Si and the Saab 9-3 automatic. Ford said that the advanced new EcoBoost engine delivers an output similar to that of a normally aspirated V6; however, it offers the same fuel efficiency as a four-cylinder.
The unit has an output of 240hp at 5,500 rpm and 270 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,000 rpm.
Ford said that the Edge with EcoBoost has a fuel economy rating that’s comparable to the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain. However, the Edge offers a 58hp lead over these compact General Motors offerings.
The power unit features direct gasoline injection and twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT). Its efficiency is improved further with the use of low-friction 5W-GF5 motor oil, a variable-displacement air conditioning compressor, electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) and a unique 6F35 six-speed automatic transmission that’s meant to raise efficiency and lessen friction.
Active grille shutters that are unique to its category are also used by the Edge with EcoBoost. Aerodynamics and fuel efficiency are improved upon the closure of these variable grille slats when the vehicle speeds up.
Amy Marentic, group marketing manager, Large Cars and Crossovers, said that its customers put a lot of value on fuel efficiency. She said that with the addition of the EcoBoost engine to the new Ford Edge crossover, it means that Ford has 13 vehicles in its showroom that deliver 30 mpg or more.