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2015 Edge. Click to enlarge.

Ford has revealed the all-new 2015 Edge. The newest version of its crossover sport utility vehicle will go on sale in North America early next year with an expanded range of smart technology. Sales in South America, Europe—to include Western Europe—and Asia Pacific will follow. Eventually, Edge will be sold in more than 100 markets worldwide.

Two new EcoBoost engines. The 2015 Edge, now based on the same global platform as the Ford Fusion, will feature three engine options in North America, two of which are new powerplants: a standard twin-scroll 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder and a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6. A normally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 engine will also be offered. All will be equipped with dual output exhaust and a six-speed automatic transmission. Edge represents the first Ford vehicle to feature standard EcoBoost power.

The twin-scroll 2.0-liter EcoBoost, offering an estimated 245 hp (183 kW) and 270 lb-ft (366 N·m) of torque, is significantly improved over the previous 2.0-liter EcoBoost. Beyond efficiency advantages, this new engine will also provide more capability. Edge equipped with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost can be specified with newly available all-wheel drive and a towing package capable of hauling a 3,500-pound trailer.

Ford utilities
In 2013, Ford sold a record 1.2 million utility vehicles in markets across the globe—up 38% from 2012.
In North America, Ford was the top-selling utility vehicle brand for a third consecutive year in 2013. Ford utility vehicle sales have been strong elsewhere as well, increasing nearly 20% in Europe last year.
In China, Ford’s share of the utility vehicle segment increased to 4.5% in 2013 from less than 1% in 2012.

Among the changes to the 2.0-liter EcoBoost is a twin-scroll design enabling optimized camshaft timing for improved engine performance and reduced turbo lag. A new, lighter engine block casting along with new aluminum balance shaft assembly shaves six pounds (2.7 kg) from the engine’s weight.

Other changes include lighter pistons; a newly designed, integrated exhaust manifold; and a new, high-pressure direct-injection fuel system for finer fuel atomization. These upgrades pave the way for an increased compression ratio of 9.7:1, up from 9.3:1, for improved overall fuel efficiency.

Ford’s Auto Start-Stop system will also be available with the twin-scroll EcoBoost engine on the new Edge. In heavy traffic, this technology can seamlessly shut down the engine to decrease fuel consumption, reducing tailpipe emissions to zero while the vehicle is stationary and the engine is off.

On the other side of the engine spectrum is Edge Sport, with an exclusive, all-new 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine that will provide an exceptional combination of power and efficiency. The engine draws its design from the best of the efficient Ford EcoBoost lineup, along with the durability of Ford Super Duty Power Stroke diesel.

The 2.7-liter EcoBoost uses the same compacted graphite iron in its cylinder block as is used in the 6.7-liter Power Stroke. This advanced cylinder block allows for a remarkably stiff and compact design that returns exceptionally refined noise, vibration and harshness control. The compacted graphite iron core is mated with a die-cast aluminum engine-block ladder frame and composite oil pan, saving weight by applying advanced materials where they are needed most.

The strength of the compacted graphite iron cylinder block allows the 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine to produce impressive power and torque for its size. Compact and efficient, the all-new engine can produce the power and torque of a mid-range V8.

The 2.7L EcoBoost is expected to deliver more than 300 horsepower, making Edge Sport the highest-performance Edge yet.

In Europe, Ford will offer for Edge two versions of Ford’s 2.0-liter Duratorq TDCi diesel engine:

  • A 180 PS (132 kW) version delivering 400 N·m () of torque and projected 149 g/km CO2, with 6-speed manual transmission; and

  • A 210 PS (154 kW) version delivering 450 N·m (332 lb-ft) of torque and projected 159 g/km CO2, with 6-speed PowerShift automatic and paddle-shift controls.

The suspension in Edge Sport has front and rear antiroll bars that are 15% stiffer than the base model, and unique rear monotube dampers that are larger in diameter. The coil springs are 10% thicker. Overall, with improved damping and control, Edge Sport offers 15% to 20% better road-holding capability, giving the driver more control, sharper steering and greater confidence.

Central to the improved driving dynamics is an entirely new body structure and redesigned suspension—front and rear—developed specifically to better isolate road imperfection and absorb noise without compromising handling.

The front-wheel-drive Edge retains a MacPherson-type front suspension, but features an entirely new, sophisticated integral-link independent rear with coil springs and a 23-millimeter antiroll bar. The advanced new system has been tuned to deliver a more dynamic, engaging ride.

Due in part to the use of more high-strength steels, the solid body structure of the all-new Edge provides a far better platform for the new suspension to work. Compared to the 2014 Edge, the new model shows a 26% increase in stiffness when reacting to bending forces and a 16% increase in stiffness when reacting to twisting forces. This results in less noise, vibration and harshness characteristics.

The all-new Edge will be the first Ford product to feature the company’s adaptive steering technology (earlier post), which will make the vehicle easier to maneuver and more fun to drive. A standard feature on Edge Sport and available on the new Titanium series, adaptive steering changes the ratio between a driver’s actions at the steering wheel—the number of turns—and how much the front wheels turn. In traditional steering systems, this is a fixed steering ratio. With Ford adaptive steering, the steering ratio continually changes with vehicle speed, optimizing steering response in all situations.

At lower speeds, such as pulling into a parking space or maneuvering in tight quarters, the new system makes the vehicle more agile and easier to turn, as it dials more steering into the road wheel. Each low-speed maneuver requires less turning of the steering wheel.

At highway speeds, the system further optimizes steering response, enabling Edge to react more smoothly and precisely to driver input. Adaptive steering technology can help make any drive more enjoyable.

The Ford system uses a precision-controlled actuator placed inside the steering wheel, and requires no change to the vehicle’s traditional steering system. The actuator—an electric motor and gearing system—can essentially add to or subtract from a driver’s steering inputs. The result is a better, more engaging driving experience at all speeds.

All three engines are mated to Ford’s SelectShift six-speed automatic transmission with paddle-shift activation. Drivers will have the ability to manually select gears via race-inspired paddles on the steering wheel. The paddle-shift system is standard on all models.

The SelectShift transmission features two modes of operation: drive and sport. Sport mode offers a more aggressive shift pattern, allowing the engine to rev higher during acceleration, and hold lower gears longer to support spirited, fast-paced sessions.

Unlike many paddle-shift systems, the Edge six-speed automatic is always “live in drive,” so the driver won’t have to select sport mode to enable operation.

The available all-wheel-drive system for the new Edge is full-time, on-demand and seamless—there are no knobs or switches to activate. An electronically controlled clutch transfers power between the front and rear axles, sending up to 100% of the power front or back.

New level of technology. The 2015 Edge will be a technology leader for Ford, with a suite of standard and available technologies designed to improve the driving experience and the level of occupant comfort. Technologies being offered for the first time include adaptive steering, enhanced active park assist, side parking sensors and a front camera with washer. Other key technologies include:

  • Active Grille Shutters: Available on select models to help counter air resistance

  • Adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support: Uses radar to detect moving vehicles directly ahead and change the cruising speed if necessary

  • Adaptive steering technology: Most advanced steering system ever from Ford makes Edge easier to maneuver and more fun to drive by optimizing steering response in all conditions

  • Air curtain: Creates a curtain of air alongside the vehicle using smart duct work, improving aerodynamics at high speed

  • Blind Spot Information System: BLIS® uses radar to trigger a warning when another motorist is in the driver’s blind spot

  • Cameras: New 180-degree front camera with washer featured for first time on a Ford vehicle; standard rear camera

  • Cross-traffic alert: Uses radar to help alert drivers to oncoming traffic when backing out of a parking space

  • Enhanced active park assist: Builds on Ford parallel parking technology and includes a system to guide the vehicle into a perpendicular parking space. The system can also steer the vehicle into and out of a parallel parking space

  • Forward and reverse sensing systems: The systems provide audible alerts designed to help drivers avoid obstacles when parking

  • Hands-free liftgate: Allows customer to move leg below center of the rear bumper to unlock and raise liftgate

  • Lane-keeping system: Alerts driver to steer the vehicle back into its lane if the vehicle is allowed to drift

  • Side parking sensors: uses sensors and algorithms that measure speed and steering wheel angle to warn drivers of obstacles on either side of the vehicle during parking or low-speed maneuvers

Safety technologies available on the new Edge include:

  • Active glove box knee airbag: Advanced new design uses glove box front to cushion the knees of the front seat passenger in a crash. A pliable, injection-molded plastic bladder is sandwiched between the inner and outer glove box door panels. On impact, a small inflator fills the bladder, extending the glove box outer door panel toward the passenger’s legs

  • AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control: Uses sensors to measure the roll rate of the vehicle and predict its roll angle. Based on this information and measurements from other vehicle dynamics sensors, the system can adjust engine torque and brake pressure at all four wheels to help the driver maintain control of the vehicle

  • Curve Control: Uses the same sensors as Roll Stability Control to detect and measure roll rate, yaw rate, lateral acceleration, wheel speed and steering wheel angle to help drivers follow their intended path by slowing the vehicle more efficiently while maneuvering a curve

  • Inflatable rear safety belts: An advanced restraint system that combines attributes of safety belt and airbag technologies. It is designed to reduce head, neck and chest injuries for rear seat passengers in frontal crashes by distributing crash force energy across five times more of an occupant’s torso than a traditional safety belt. Inflatable belts are available for second-row outboard seating positions

The 2015 Edge will be available in four trim levels. These include SE, SEL, Sport and the new top-of-the-line Titanium series to meet market demand for more premium offerings.

Quieter. In wind tunnel tests, Edge proved to be more than 1 sone quieter than its predecessor (a sone is a unit used to measure how loud a sound is perceived). This enhanced quietness is due to better sealing of the body, sound insulation improvements, and powertrains that are better isolated from the cabin and operate in a quieter manner. Acoustic windshield glass is standard on every model. Select Titanium models are even quieter, incorporating acoustic glass on driver and passenger side doors.

The twin-scroll 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, for example, has reduced vibration levels when idling compared to the previous version, and is 2 decibels quieter. In moments of heavy acceleration, the revamped engine emits a quieter, more refined sound. This is due to multiple changes including an acoustic wrap to the intake manifold, upgraded heat shield that provides additional sound management and modified oil pump.

Edge Sport will be equipped with Active Noise Cancellation technology from Ford to manage and enhance the sound of its 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine. Using three microphones strategically placed throughout the cabin, the system is able to generate opposing sound waves directed through the audio system, enhancing overall cabin ambience.

The 20-inch tires available on Sport and Titanium trim levels are also a full 2 decibels quieter—reducing unpleasant road noises often associated with larger wheels.

The all-new Edge will be built at Ford’s Oakville Assembly Complex, near Toronto, where a US$700-million renovation has delivered significant improvements to the facility.



No mention of lighter weight or better fuel efficiency.....

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