Ford Motor Co. has unveiled the new Ford Edge crossover SUV expected to take Europe by storm this year. Revamped from head to toe, the all-new Edge now appears more athletic, more high tech and of higher quality.
Aside from that, the carmaker redesigned the all-new Edge to meet the high requirements expected of any Ford product. Now that Ford of Europe has the all-new Edge as one of its newest offerings in this part of the world, the carmaker’s European unit will be able to compete in a new segment.
Ford has described the all-new five-seater Edge as refined, upscale, technologically advanced and spacious. The carmaker will start selling the crossover in North America early next year and in Europe, South America and Asia Pacific later in 2015.
On its latest version, the Edge offers several advanced technologies designed to support drivers. One of these technologies is the Adaptive Steering, which helps optimize the steering response in all conditions by continually matching the steering ratio at par with vehicle speed.
At highway speeds, Adaptive Steering allows the Edge to respond more seamlessly and precisely according to the driver’s steering input. At lower speeds – like when maneuvering in tight quarters or trying to get onto a parking spot -- Adaptive Steering makes the Edge more agile and easier to turn.
The all-new Edge also features the Active Noise Cancellation and Front Split View Camera systems. New to Europe, the Front Split View Camera system utilizes a 180-degree camera system mounted at the front of the all-new Edge to allow drivers to better view obscure surroundings, thereby making it easier for them to drive through difficult junctions or blind parking spaces.
On the other hand, Active Noise Cancellation makes use of three microphones in the cabin and produces contrasting sound waves through the vehicle’s audio system to improve the overall engine sound and cabin ambiance.
Meanwhile, the sides of the Edge don specially designed ducts that create an “air curtain” for improved aerodynamics. Aside from these advanced technologies, the all-new Edge also features a hands-free tailgate, the Ford Sync 2 infotainment system, inflatable rear seatbelts, heated steering wheel and heated-and-cooled front seats.
Further technologies include Adaptive Cruise Control with Collision Mitigation and Forward Alert, Intelligent All Wheel Drive with Torque Vectoring Control and Curve Control, Enhanced Active Park Assist with Perpendicular Parking and Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Information System, Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Keeping Aid and Active City Stop.
On the other hand, the European version of the Ford Edge will be available with two variants of 2.0-liter Duratorq TDCi diesel engine. Lower-powered variant of the diesel engine – mated to a six-speed manual transmission -- provides 180 PS in output and 400 Nm of torque while returning an estimated 149 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer.
Meanwhile, the higher-powered version – mated to a six-speed PowerShift automatic gearbox and paddle-shift controls – delivers 210 PS in output and 450 Nm of torque and returns 159 g/km of carbon dioxide.
According to Roelant de Waard, vice president for Marketing, Sales & Service at Ford of Europe, the styling, comfort and technologies offered in the all-new Edge simply challenge those found in similarly sized premium vehicles in Europe.
He also noted that the all-new Edge provides more passenger space than large and more expensive rival SUVs. When launched, the Edge will be Ford’s third SUV offering in Europe, next to the new Kuga medium-sized SUV and the all-new EcoSport small SUV.
Ford first launched the Edge in 2007 in North America. Since then, the crossover SUV has been a top-seller in the region with record sales reached in 2013. The carmaker is also selling the Edge in select markets in South America, Russia and eastern Asia.