The Ford Edge was a mid-size crossover that offered seating for five. Easy to drive and easy to manoeuvre around town and also available with powerful engine, it was a great fit for families.
An extensive list of the latest technologies was available depending on the trim level. The trim levels available with the 2018 Edge were the SE, the SEL, Titanium and Sport.
The Titanium was more luxury-oriented, while the Sport version offered a more engaging and attractive ride with the most powerful engine in the range.
The SE was pretty well equipped with 18-inch alloys, automatic headlights, air-conditioning, a rear-view camera, Bluetooth connectivity, voice controls, rear privacy glass and an USB port.
Going to the upper trim level, the SEL, the Edge came equipped with LED headlight stripes, heated side mirrors, rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and power-adjustable front seats.
A package that added leather upholstery, heated front seats, an upgraded audio system, smartphone integration (AppleCar Play and Android Auto) and an 8-inch touchscreen was available for the SEL model.
More luxurious, the Edge with the Titanium trim level featured bigger 19-inch wheels, noise-reducing front windows, ambient interior lighting, front sport seats and a 12-speaker Sony sound system.
Customers interested in more power had the option of going with the Sport trim level. The major upgraded were the 2.7-liter V6 engine, the tweaked suspension, a suede with leather upholstery and sporty accents throughout the cabin.
Although a non-luxury vehicle, the Edge’s cabin was well insulated.
Ford claims that the 2015 Edge is completely new from wheels to roof, even though the design looks more like a facelift. The slight increase in almost all sizes (apart from the width) confirms the theory. New engines and new transmissions found their way in the new Edge, in the pursuit of offering a great SUV for all the world. It was also sold in Europe, but with different engines.
Compared to the previous generation, the 2015 Edge has a stiffer bodywork by 26 percent for bending forces and 16 percent for twisting forces. All these led to a better roadholding, much appreciated in Europe more than in the U.S., where most of the roads are straight.
The engine range is big, from 2.0-liter units up to a pair of V6s. The standard unit is new and features a twin-scroll 2.0 liters EcoBoost four-cylinder, followed by a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6. A 3.5-liter unit will be offered. The standard transmission was a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The most powerful is the 2.7-liter unit with its 315 hp. In Europe, a 2.0-liter TDCI turbodiesel was the only unit offered and had 210 hp.
The all-wheel-drive featured an electronically controlled clutch, which could engage faster than a human can blink, and can transfer power between the front and rear axles, sending up to 100 percent of the power front or back.
The facelift for the first generation of the Ford Edge was unveiled at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show and it came with a modified look and tweaked engines and transmissions.
The world of compact SUVs was already crowded in 2010. Most of the brands already showed their muscles or their economy, and some of them were already on their second generation. Ford didn't start first, but it surely caught up with the other car-makers and it even overtook some of them. Especially when it comes to sales, the non-facelift Ford Edge was a class-leader in the U.S.
The facelift version for the Edge brought a new grille, with a distance between the three chromed horizontal slats. It somehow resembled the F150 grille. With new grille came new headlights. And, just to show off a bit, the Edge was available with 22” light-alloy wheels. For the Sport trim level, the grille was black and it featured smoked headlights.
Inside, there were more modifications, especially for the dashboard. The MyFord Touch displayed its information on two 4.2” LCDs which flanked the analog speedometer in the instrument cluster. Another 8” touch-screen was installed on the center stack. To increase the comfort, new mounts for the subframe were installed to reduce the road noise.
For the tech-department, the Edge updated the engines. The 2.0-liter with turbocharger and direct injection offered 240 hp as before, but the 3.5-liter unit offered 20 more horsepower than before. The top model, with a 3.7-liter V6 powerplant, offered the same 305 hp. All the engines were mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Introduced at the 2006 North American Motor Show, the Edge was a mid-size SUV built on the same platform as Ford Fusion.
The SUV revolution started when people understood that they don't need an MPV that will struggle in the winter conditions and won't add much-needed safety. It is true that an MPV offers much more room and usually, they can fit seven passengers with ease. But there are not too many families with more than 4 people in the house.
The Edge featured a bold design for its era. The front fascia offered three-bars chrome grille and a specific shape for its headlights. The tall beltline and narrow windows made the car look smaller than it really was. In the back, two exhausts were poking underneath the rear bumper.
Inside, Ford installed a sedan-inspired dashboard, with a center stack that hosted the infotainment unit and the climate controls knobs. Since the car was bigger than a regular sedan, there was a gap between the center console and the center stack. On the base versions, the Edge was offered with cloth seats for all five occupants. As an option, it was offered with leather seats and contrast stitching. The reclining rear seatbacks were installed to make the long journeys more comfortable.
The only engine available for the 2007 Edge was a 3.5-liter V6 unit, mated to a 6-speed automatic. It was offered with either a front- or all-wheel-drive. The transmission didn't feature a manual mode.