Ford’s popular Edge mid-size crossover will be refreshed for the 2015 model year. The renowned auto maker kept us on the edge of our seats when it put the next-generation 2015 Ford Edge crossover concept version on show last year in Los Angeles.
The Edge competed with the Toyota Highlander, the Nissan Murano, and its platform-mate, Mazda CX-9 last year and outsold them all! But since it was introduced some few years back, it has only experienced a mid-cycle face lift. It rides on an outdated Fusion/Mazda 6 architecture, and it’s due for an update.
2015 Edge Changes, Redesign and Styling Information
If you asked me to describe the new 2015 Edge in just a word, I would call it “an attractively attractive car”. Okay, that’s more than one word, but you get what i mean, right? The new Ford Edge 2015 just can’t be described in one word; it is so intelligently designed! It is aggressively designed but if you just call it “aggressive” you will be leaving out the fact that it is also sleek and has a sensitive interior.
It retains its signature three-bar grill with more three-dimensional horizontal elements. It also retains the current model’s wide stance and relatively clipped overhangs. The “chrome waterfall” front-end look of the current model has been replaced with a hexagonal grille and body-colored bumper, and this represents the major change in the exterior. It is good enough to make it look more attractive than the outgoing model.
The two-row crossover will also have a well-equipped interior. Interior upgrades will likely include an improved leather seating and some modern infotainment features. Buttons and switches have replaced the touchscreen on recent Ford and Lincoln models and we expect this trend to continue on the new Edge 2015.
We saw some advance safety features on the 2015 Ford Edge concept model that could come with the production model. Some of these include the industry-first parking assistance tool, which can be used remotely (even without a driver behind the wheel) to park the car. There is also the obstacle avoidance system, which uses camera and sensors to scan the road ahead (up to 200 yards) to detect obstacles. If necessary, the system can apply the brake automatically or steer the car to avoid collision.
Some of the other safety technologies that are expected on the 2015 Edge include the familiar adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation, blind spot detection and lane keeping assist.
2015 Ford Edge Engine
Ford has not released the powertrain details of the next Edge. The auto maker has an extensive lineup of new drivetrains it can choose from.
The 285-horsepower V6 engine which is standard in the outgoing edition could be carried over, with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. An All-Wheel drive option could also be offered. We expect the 240 hp and 24 mpg (combined), 2.0-liter “EcoBoost” four-cylinder engine that was optional in the current model to make a comeback. A 2.3-liter four-cylinder that delivers 270 hp is also a strong possibility. The 2.3-liter will power the soon-to-be-released redesigned Mustang and Edge’s premium counterpart, the Lincoln MKC crossover.
According to Ford, the upcoming Ford Edge 2015 we feature an active grille shutters that will improve the fuel efficiency of its EcoBoost engine with stop-start technology. The active grille shutters, work like this; they open and close automatically to maintain ideal operating temperature and maximize aerodynamic efficiency. They also improve thermal efficiency. Some air curtains positioned on the lower part of the fascia also help improve the fuel efficiency.
2015 Edge Release Date and Price
The new Ford Edge will be released this fall with a base price not much higher than the current $28,995. That price could give it an edge when competing in the mid-size crossover segment.
When the 2015 Ford Edge gets on the market, it will compete in the popular midsize crossover segment alongside the Chevrolet Equinox, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Toyota Highlander, Dodge Journey, Mazda CX-9, 2014 Volkswagen Touareg, and the Nissan Murano.