Back in 2013 at the LA Auto Show, Ford unveiled the Edge Concept and promised that it will create a newl vehicle with technology to make life easier and which will appeal to customers around the globe. According to Ford, the 2015 Edge revealed today in North America and Europe is all-new form wheels to roof and was designed to set a new standard in the two-row utility vehicle segment.
The 2015 Edge, which will be sold in more than 100 markets across the globe, is based on the same global platform as the Ford Fusion that was introduced in North America in 2012. The front-wheel-drive Edge keeps a MacPherson-type front suspension but features a new and sophisticated integral-link independent rear with coil springs and a 23-millimeter antiroll bar.
Thanks to the use of more high-strength steels, the solid body structure of the 2015 Edge shows a 26 percent increase in stiffness when reacting to bending forces and a 16 percent increase in stiffness when reacting to twisting forces.
Also, the 2015 Edge is the first vehicle from Ford to get the new adaptive steering technology. 2015 Edge Sport and 2015 Edge Titanium series come as standard with a new feature where adaptive steering changes the ration between a driver’s actions at the steering wheel, the numbers of turns and how much the front wheels turn. The current steering systems feature a fixed steering ratio.
Under the hood, the 2015 Edge will offer three engine options in North America. There is a new 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine offered as standard, which delivers 245 hp and 270 lb-ft (366 Nm). This engine is available with the Auto Start-Stop system that shuts it down to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
2015 Ford Edge also gets a bigger all-new 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine that develops more than 300 hp. For those who want a naturally-aspirated engine, Ford offers a 3.5-liter V6 engine, but didn’t release any details regarding the output. All engines are bolted to the SelectShift six-speed automatic transmission with paddle-shift activation which delivers the power to the front wheels or to all four wheels.
Ford says that the 2015 Edge will its technology leader as it will arrive with enhanced active park assist, side parking sensors and front camera with washer. The 2015 Ford Edge, will be offered in four trim levels: SE, SEL, Sport and Titanium.
In terms of safety, the 2015 Edge will get the Active glove box knee airbag, which made its debut on the 2015 Mustang, but also the AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, Curve Control and Inflatable rear safety belts. Inside, the dashboard and center console were carefully designed to look like one streamlined piece.
The dash is dominated by a central 8-inch LCD touch screen that comes with SYNC with MyFord Touch. Ford Edge will continue to offer the Panoramic Vista Roof, one of the largest in the segment, that measures 47.7 inches front to back. Legroom increased in the first and second row by 1.9 inches and 1.0 inch, respectively. Comparing it with the outgoing model, the 2015 Edge is longer and taller, while the wheelbase increased by 1.0 inch, to 112.2 inches.
The new 2015 Ford Edge could be availed in four trim levels: SE, SEL, Sport and Titanium. Kim Cape, marketing manager for Ford Large Cars and Utilities, remarked that in developing the new Edge, the carmaker focused on meeting the highest craftsmanship standards, with an aim to give the vehicle a high-quality exterior and interior as well as to provide the customer a premium experience.
Cape remarked that The Titanium trim level has proven to be a real success story for Ford products like the Fusion, Escape and Flex. With customers demanding for more technology and a more premium appearance and feel, Ford decided to bring the Titanium trim to the new Edge.
Ford has ensured that the 2015 Edge represents a major advancement both in terms of material and visual quality. Seams have been made tighter and more consistent, while visual cutlines have been reduced. Ford’s design paid attention even to the smallest of details, like how the front doors would meet the instrument panel. This was achieved by simplifying merging points while reducing possible alignment issues.