- Ford unveils the 2015 Edge midsize crossover today, highlighting an exhaustive list of technology features.
- The new Edge also will be the first vehicle to use a new, 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 that will generate in excess of 300 horsepower.
- A Titanium trim level will be available in the Edge lineup for the first time, as will Ford's intriguing new adaptive steering system.
DEARBORN, Michigan — Ford today unveiled the production version of the 2015 Edge, an all-new generation of the company's popular midsize crossover flaunting chunky, assured styling barely backed off from last November's Edge Concept and fronting a list of available high-tech features that exceeds those of many current luxury cars.
The 2015 Edge will hit dealer showrooms sometime in the first quarter of next year.
In addition to a handful of first-for-Ford technologies, the 2015 Edge also offers three engine choices, one of which is a new twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6, yet another addition to the trend-setting EcoBoost engine family that Ford said will generate in excess of 300 horsepower.
The all-new Edge is based on Ford's global midsize vehicle platform, the same basic underpinnings as for the well-received Fusion sedan. It now has a wheelbase of 112.2 inches, 1 inch longer than the current Edge.
Raj Nair, Ford's group vice president for global product development, said the 2015 Edge builds "on the emotional appeal of the vehicle by offering more of the technology our customers want in a package that meets the highest expectations for quality and craftsmanship."
Sure to be a calling card for the new Edge is its exhaustive list of electronic features, led by several Ford firsts: adaptive steering, "enhanced" active park assist, a 180-degree front camera with washer and side parking sensors.
Ford announced the new adaptive steering design earlier this month and now confirms the new Edge will be one of the 2015 models to first use the system that can continually alter the steering ratio for any given driving situation. Unlike most power-steering systems that rely on a fixed ratio of turns of the steering wheel in relation to the action at the front wheels, Ford's adaptive steering uses an actuator within the steering wheel assembly that can augment or dampen the driver's steering input to optimize steering control.
Ford says the adaptive steering system will be standard on the 2015 Edge Sport and optional for the Edge's new Titanium trim level.
The 2015 Edge's enhanced parking system upgrades Ford's existing automatic parallel-parking assist to now automatically park the vehicle in a standard parking spot. The side parking sensors advance on today's front and rear parking sensors to warn the driver if the vehicle is too close to objects on the side.
Active grille shutters, a new active "air curtain" created alongside the vehicle and engine automatic stop-start all are efficiency-enhancing innovations found on the new Edge, as are adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and lane-keeping warning. Advanced new safety offerings include a passenger-side knee airbag built into the glovebox door and Ford's inflatable seatbelts for rear seat occupants.
Along with the new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, the 2015 Edge will have an enhanced version of the current 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder that will generate an estimated 245 hp and 270 pound-feet of torque. Also available will be a 3.5-liter V6. A six-speed automatic with paddle-shift capability will be the only transmission coupled to any of the three available engines. The Edge will be available in front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive layouts.
Inside, Ford says, the new Edge will feature tighter assembly gaps for interior panels, higher-grade materials and more overall interior space — there's almost 2 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more rear legroom and an inch more headroom all around, while cargo space with the rear seats up has increased 7 cubic feet to a total of 39.2 cubic feet. Drop the rear seats and there are now 73.4 feet of max cargo capacity, a 4.5-cubic-foot hike.
Touchscreen size for the Sync and MyFord Touch infotainment interfaces will run as large as 8 inches.
The 2015 Edge will be built at Ford's assembly plant in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
Edmunds says: Ford's laying down the tech gauntlet with the all-new Edge, but with its Fusion foundation, it could end up being equally desirable for its driving dynamics.