Ford Edge

Bold, American design distinguishes the 2007 Ford Edge in the red-hot crossover utility vehicle (CUV) market – along with a dynamic driving character and innovative features designed to make it the "crossover of the year." Equipped with an all-new 265-horsepower V-6 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission, Edge will deliver performance, quietness and fuel efficiency. Ford Edge is expected to achieve fuel economy in the mid twenties in highway driving.

Featuring a number of technological innovations, the new Duratec 35 engine delivers 265 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque for acceleration performance. It’s expected to be at or near the top of the medium crossover segment while achieving fuel economy in the mid-20s on the highway. The engine’s intelligent electronic throttle body uses an accelerator pedal sensor to read and interpret the driver’s intentions. This sets the engine to run at its peak efficiency for both performance and fuel economy.

For improved fuel economy and high-rpm refinement, the engine features a forged-steel fully counterweighted crank shaft with induction-hardened journals, fractured-split, powder metal-forged connecting rods and high-temperature alloy, cast-aluminum pistons with low-friction coating. The engine’s intake was designed as a system, all the way from the throttle body to the intake valves, to create optimum flow for peak power and to broaden the torque curve.

Computer-aided engineering (CAE) analysis was used to fine-tune the dual plenum manifold to deliver the required airflow rates without the need for intake flaps or butterfly valves in the plenum. This not only results in a broader torque signature, but eliminates the “hiccup” associated with engines equipped with butterfly-valve intakes.

Source: Ford press

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