Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Ford Edge

The Ford Edge is a mid-size crossover SUV (CUV) manufactured by Ford, based on the Ford CD3 platform shared with previous generation Mazda6 and marketed in rebadged form as the Lincoln MKX. The platform is shared with Mazda CX-9 crossover (stretched), the Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, and the Lincoln MKZ sedans.

Ford Edge
Ford Edge

The first generation Edge made its public debut at Detroit's North American International Auto Show in January 2006, with production starting in the October 2006 as a 2007 model, with the first ones reaching dealerships just before December 25, 2006, because of a brief delay in production due to issues with the supplier.

The Edge implements Ford's front end design with a three bar chrome grille.

Trim levels
The SE includes cloth seats, single-zone manual air-conditioning, AM/FM stereo with single-disc CD/MP3 player, and 17" painted aluminum wheels.

The SEL includes unique cloth seats, 6-way power driver's seat, premium AM/FM stereo with 6-disc in-dash CD/MP3 player, leather-wrapped steering wheel with secondary audio controls, and 18" painted aluminum wheels.

White Ford Edge Sport
White Ford Edge Sport
The Limited includes leather-trimmed seats, and optionally, 6-way power front passenger fold-flat seat, EasyFold second-row seat back release, dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control, SYNC in-car connectivity system, and 18" premium chrome-clad aluminum wheels. The Limited trim level replaced the SEL Plus in 2008.

The Sport (2008-) includes leather-trimmed with grey Alcantara suede inserts, reclining 60/40 fold-flat seats with center fold-down armrest, EasyFold second-row seat back release, premium AM/FM stereo with 6-disc in-dash CD/MP3 player, SYNC in-car connectivity system, larger diameter chrome exhaust tips, and 20" premium chrome-clad aluminum wheels. The Sport appearance package for the Ford Edge debuted at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show, with sales beginning as a 2009 model. It came with standard all-body colored trim and 20-inch wheels. 22-inch wheels are an optional factory upgrade.

Ford Edge Sport
Ford Edge Sport

3,496 cc (3.496 L; 213.3 cu in) V6 (Duratec 35) 265 bhp (198 kW)@6250, 250 lb·ft (339 N·m)@4500
Standard transmission is 6F 6-speed [automatic transmission].

2011 Ford Edge Black
2011 Ford Edge Black
The Ford Edge has received several honors:
  • Ford Edge recognized as one of "Best Cars for Families" in 2007 by AAA and Parents Magazine.
  • Edge earns IIHS "Top Safety Pick" rating for models built after January 2007
  • 3.5L Duratec 35 V6 named one of the world's "10 Best Engines" by Ward.
  • Ford Edge named "2007 Urban Truck of the Year" by On Wheels, Inc.
  • Edge wins J.D. Power and Associates' 2007 "APEAL Award"
  • Edge wins "Michael Baldassarra Cross-Over of the year" by Uwaterloo SAE

Ford Edge Pictures
Ford Edge Pictures

Ford Canada announced in June 2007, that a gasoline-electric hybrid version of the Edge will debut in the 2010 model year. The model is expected to use a new hybrid system from Ford, pairing an electric motor with a V6 engine.

Additionally, after public presentation in 2007, Ford has been carefully pointing at future production of its HySeries Edge. This is a hybrid electric vehicle that uses hydrogen fuel along with plug-in charging of its lithium-ion battery pack, for a combined range of over 320 kilometres (200 mi). The HySeries system was first introduced in the Ford Airstream concept from the 2007 Detroit Auto Show. A concept of the Ford Edge with the HySeries Drive was unveiled in the 2007 Washington DC Auto Show. The HySeries system is related to General Motors E-Flex platform. The E-Flex Platform was introduced in the 2007 Detroit Auto Show as the power train of the Chevrolet Volt concept.

This vehicle was featured in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace starring Daniel Craig as Bond, which was filmed in 2008. In 2002, starting with Die Another Day, (Pierce Brosnan as Bond) Ford and EON Productions agreed to a three film contract to have their vehicles displayed and/or used in the Bond movies. After Quantum of Solace, their contract expired.

2012 Ford Edge
2011 Ford Edge

The facelifted Ford Edge was unveiled on February 12, 2010 at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show. Exterior changes include a new front fascia, wheels, and a revised bumper, while the revamped interior features upgraded materials and capacitive touch controls in place of some conventional buttons and switches, which can also be seen on the second-generation Lincoln MKX.

Three new engines are offered for the second generation: a 2.0L EcoBoost I4 engine, a 3.5L Duratec with Ti-VCT making 285 hp (213 kW) and 253 lb·ft (343 N·m) of torque, and for the Sport model, Ford will offer the same 3.7L Duratec engine that is offered in the 2011 Lincoln MKX with 305 hp (227 kW) and 280 lb·ft (380 N·m) of torque. The turbocharger in the new 2.0L engine is designed for 150,000 miles or 10 years.

2007-2010 Ford Edge
2007-2010 Ford Edge

The SE includes cloth-trimmed seats, single-zone manual air-conditioning, MyFord Touch with 4.2" color LCD displays in cluster and center stack with 5-way steering wheel controls, and 17-inch painted aluminum wheels.

The SEL includes unique cloth-trimmed seats, 6-way power driver's seat, dual-zone electronic automatic temperature controls (DEATC), leather-wrapped steering wheel with cruise control, 5-way switch pads and secondary audio controls, 18-inch painted aluminum wheels, reverse sensing system, and supplemental parking lamps.

The Limited includes leather-trimmed seats, 10-way heated power driver's seat, Sony audio system with High Definition radio with 12 speakers in 10 locations, MyFord Touch with (2) driver configurable 4.2" color LCD displays in cluster and 8" color LCD display in center stack, Ford Sync including media hub with 2 USB ports, SD card reader and video input jacks, 20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels, rear view camera, and 6-way heated power, fold-flat front passenger seat.

The Sport includes 3.7L Twin-independent Variable Cam Timing (Ti-VCT) V6 engine, 6-Speed SelectShift Automatic transmission with paddle activation, unique Charcoal Black leather-trimmed seats with Silver Smoke Metallic inserts, 22-inch polished aluminum wheel with Tuxedo Black spoke accents, body-color front and rear lower fascia, 4-inch chrome oval dual exhaust tips, and body-color side lower cladding and rocker molding.

Ford Edge Interior
Ford Edge Interior
2011 Ford Edge
Type: Five-passenger crossover with front- or all-wheel drive
Price: $27,995
Engine: 3.5-liter V-6
Power: 285 horsepower, 253 pound-feet of torque
Transmission: Six-speed automatic with optional paddle shifters
EPA gas mileage
FWD: 19 mpg city / 27 mpg highway
AWD: 18 mpg city / 25 mpg highway
Report Card
Overall: *** 1/2
Exterior: Good. Smooth and fluid design with a nice curve. Still chunky in some places but improving.
Interior: Excellent. Top-notch infotainment system. Comfortable with lots of space.
Performance: Good. Nice power and acceleration. Excellent highway feel and still nimble around town.
Pros: Lots of features make the Edge fun to drive and stress free. MyFord Touch is the best telematics system available.
Cons: Price can climb with lots of features.

Ford Edge Inside
Ford Edge Inside
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