Ford has taken the wraps off the second generation Edge programmed to go on sale early next year.
Riding on the company's global midsize vehicle platform, the new Edge uses the same architecture as the latest Fusion/Mondeo and draws most of its styling cues from the Edge concept showcased at last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show. It looks considerably different than its predecessor, especially at the back where it adopts a raked window and interconnected taillights.
In North America, the 2015 Ford Edge will be sold with a standard 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine delivering 245 bhp (183 kW) and 270 lb-ft (357 Nm). There's also a beefier 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 with more than 300 bhp (224 kW) along with a naturally-aspirated V6 3.5-liter of yet undisclosed output. All these engines will work with a 6-speed automatic transmission equipped with a SelectShift manual mode.
Front-wheel drive models are equipped with a new MacPherson front suspension working together with an integral-link, independent rear suspension and Ford says body stiffness has increased by 26 percent. Other features include an adaptive electric steering, active park assist, adaptive cruise control along with a 180-degree camera, front & rear parking sensors and heated & ventilated front seats. There are also several active safety systems like blind spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, curve control, inflatable rear seatbelts and an active glovebox knee airbag as seen in the 2015 Mustang.
Interior changes are not significant compared to the previous model as the instrument cluster has kept its dual display while the center stack has received minor revision. It boasts an eight-inch LCD display with support for SYNC and MyFord Touch along with the option of a Panoramic Vista Roof measuring 47.7 inches which makes it one of the largest in the industry. The more spacious cabin offers an additional 1.9 inches of second row legroom and 1 inch of third row legroom while headroom has increased by 1 inch. In addition, it provides 39.2 cubic feet of space behind the second row of seats which represents an increase of 7 cubic feet. Fold down the second row of seats and you get 73.4 cubic feet of cargo space, 4.5 cubic feet more than before.
Set to be produced at Ford’s Oakville Assembly Complex, near Toronto, the 2015 Edge will be sold in four trim levels: SE, SEL, Sport and Titanium and will be available in more than 100 markets.