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Friday, July 4, 2014

2015 Ford Edge gets honed to a sharper crossover SUV


2015 Ford Edge

2015 Ford Edge
Since its debut in 2006, the Ford Edge has been a perennial best-seller for the blue oval brand, a success among soccer-hauling parents that's masked what had quietly become one of the older vehicles in Ford's lineup. Today, Ford revealed an all-new version of the midsize crossover SUV, and vowed to make the Edge as much of a global player as it is here in the United States.

Visually, the Edge retains that chunky sharpness which elegantly disguises just how big vehicles in this class have become. Underneath, Ford has switched the Edge onto a variation of the chassis that underpins the current Fusion, promising a handling upgrade made more noticeable in part by adaptive steering, an electronic setup that changes the steering ratio based on speed.

Under the hood, the 2-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder base model gets its own makeover for less noise and thrashing, with 240 hp and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. While there's also still a 3.5-liter V-6 available, Ford says that's been usurped at the top of the range by a new 2.7-liter V-6 EcoBoost turbo mill, good for more than 300 hp.

 All engines still come yoked to a six-speed automatic and optional all-wheel-drive, and while Ford promised some gain in efficiency it declined to share any specifics.

The biggest changes come on the inside, where the Edge gets a new cabin, a more plush Titanium trim line and the full raft of Ford tech gadgets, like automatic parking, blind-spot monitoring and hands-free tailgate.

 When the climate controls aren't enough, drivers can heat and cool the front seats, warm the steering wheel or heat the back seats, all while giving voice commands to MyFordTouch.

The new chassis brings a bit of added size outside, but Ford managed to thin some components for more interior space, with cargo capacity behind the second row growing by 7 cubic feet to 39.2 cu. ft.

The new Edge goes into production early next year, and most of its business will still be here in the United States, where buyers demand the kind of vehicle that can haul five people to Costco and back in silent near-luxury.

 But Ford says it will now sell the Edge in 100 countries worldwide, betting that whether they cal it soccer or football, harried parents around the globe need a chunky SUV.