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2015 Ford Edge debuts with fresh tech inside and out

Ford officially unveiled the all-new, second-generation Edge today at its Dearborn home, announcing that the latest version of the popular crossover will ride on the same CD4 architecture that underpins the Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ. The Edge will also be the first Ford-badged product to come standard with EcoBoost power.

The most noticeable thing about the 2015 Edge is, of course, its all-new sheetmetal. The exterior shows a rather substantial change from the face-lifted first-generation CUV, sporting something new from each visible angle. The back of the vehicle offers the most dramatic departure, with a steep rake to the rear window and a body-spanning taillight array that’s not unlike what we’ve seen on the Lincoln MKC (though in fairness the design appears to borrow more heavily from the Fusion). This aggressive rear is most apparent in the car’s profile, although our first impression wasn’t positive from every angle. The front end looks somewhat questionable to our eyes, lacking the drama of the rear while appearing narrower, taller and less athletic. The new hexagonal grille is slatted as per Edge convention, but this time around, it’s framed by lights that can seem a bit large.

Inside, the changes are far less dramatic. The cabin will be largely familiar fare to owners of the current-generation model. The instrument cluster retains the same dual displays of the current model, while the center stack has been given a light redo. Gone are the controversial touch-capacitive switchgear that were found on high-end versions of the last-gen Edge. Overall, changes in the cabin focus on material quality, and it strikes us as healthy improvements over the current vehicle.

The base mill is a new version of Ford’s increasingly familiar EcoBoost 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder. It churns out 245 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque thanks to its twin-scroll turbocharger design. Ford will also offer an optional start-stop system for the 2.0T, making it the de facto choice for Edge owners who value efficiency (the EPA fuel economy figures, of course, have yet to be released).

The 2.0T is joined by Ford’s 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6, although there are no official power figures for this engine. We’re wagering the Edge’s V6 won’t stray too far from the 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque found in the Explorer and Taurus.

The Edge Sport, meanwhile, has perhaps the most exciting of the available engine trio, packing Ford’s new 2.7-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 under its hood. For those who need a refresher, the 2.7T is slated to arrive first in the next-generation F-150 before reporting for duty in the Edge. It boasts a block made from the same compacted graphite iron found in the F-Series Super Duty’s big-dog 6.7-liter PowerStroke diesel. In such a small engine, Ford says a CGI block does wonders for the car’s noise, vibration, and harshness characteristics, not to mention durability. Sadly, Ford isn’t offering specifics on this engine’s performance, aside from saying it will produce over 300 horsepower when it finally goes on sale.

Regardless of engine, a six-speed automatic with Ford’s SelectShift manual mode is the sole gearbox (paddles come standard). The 2.0T can either send its power to the front axle or through a full-time all-wheel-drive system. The 3.5 and 2.7 are AWD only.

Not only should the Edge be a more impressive straight-line performer, we can expect it to behave better in the bends thanks to increases in the amount of high-strength steel. Ford claims that the new Edge is 26 percent stiffer when dealing with bending forces and 16 percent stiffer with twisting forces.

Underpinning all of this is a new MacPherson front suspension for FWD models. It’s tied together with an integral-link, independent rear suspension, which replaces the old CUV’s trailing-arm setup. Firmer coil springs and stiffer sway bars promise a ride that is more composed in turns, with less body roll.

Critically, the Edge will be the first Ford products to offer an adaptive steering system. Available as standard equipment on the Sport and as a cost-extra on the Titanium model, adaptive steering essentially varies the steering ratio constantly, adjusting for vehicle speed, in order to provide an appropriate level of turn-in for the required situation. We sampled Ford’s system in late May and came away impressed with the impact it had at low speeds, although it had less of an influence as speeds climbed, a move to counter skittishness.

Befitting of a fresh redesign, the second-generation Edge will have no shortage of additional tech items, many of which focus on improving fuel economy, safety and passenger comfort. At the top of the list are two big aerodynamic aids – active grille shutters and an air curtain system. The grille shutters are only available on “select models,” but they should help deliver increased fuel economy. The air curtain system, similar to what has been used rather extensively on newer vehicles from BMW, improves the high-speed aero around the wheels by reducing the amount of turbulent air. These systems, combined with the stop-start-equipped 2.0-liter, should present a nice bump in fuel economy for the 2015 Edge.

On the convenience front, the new Edge will be rich in available goodies. Heated and air-conditioned front seats, heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel will be available, as well as adaptive cruise control, a hands-free liftgate, active park assist with fore and aft parking sensors, Sync and MyFord Touch and a 180-degree front camera. Active safety systems, meanwhile, include blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, Curve Control (part of Ford’s stability control system), inflatable rear seatbelts and a glovebox knee airbag.

The next-gen Edge modifies the current CUV’s trim scheme, retaining the base SE, volume SEL and Sport models by adding a top-of-the-line Titanium trim. Ford hasn’t gone so far as to release what sort of standard equipment will be found in each trim tier, though.

The 2015 Ford Edge will enter production at the Blue Oval’s Oakville Assembly Complex outside of Toronto with sales slated to begin in the North American market in early 2015. The Edge will also be exported to Europe, South America and Asia, although estimated dates to reach those markets have not been hammered out quite yet.

Scroll down for the full press release and official images on the 2015 Edge, and then be sure to go up top for our live images from today’s unveiling.

Source: [AutoBlog.com]


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