American car maker Ford has taken the wraps off the second generation Edge. The 2015 Ford Edge is scheduled to go on sale early next year.
The 2015 Ford Edge rides on the company’s global midsize vehicle platform and uses the same architecture as the latest Fusion/Mondeo. The production Edge carries over most of its styling cues from the Edge concept showcased at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. The 2015 Edge looks considerably different than the model it replaces, especially at the rear section where it adopts a raked window and interconnected taillights.
In the USA, the 2015 Ford Edge will be sold with a standard 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine which belts out 245 bhp (183 kW) of max power and 270 lb-ft (357 Nm) of peak torque. Also on offer would be a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 which will churn out more than 300 bhp (224 kW). A naturally-aspirated 3.5 liter V6 of undisclosed output will also be available. All these engines will be mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission equipped with a SelectShift manual mode.
Front-wheel drive models will be equipped with a new MacPherson front suspension working together with an integral-link, independent rear suspension. Ford says body stiffness has increased by 26 percent.
Other features on the 2015 Ford Edge include :
- Adaptive electric steering
- Active park assist
- Adaptive cruise control along with a 180-degree camera
- Front & rear parking sensors
- 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 which will debut on 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 features 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.
The car will be produced at Ford’s Oakville Assembly Complex, near Toronto.