All-New 2016 Ford Edge to de­but at Dubai Mo­tor­show

Loaded with more tech­nol­ogy, higher lev­els of crafts­man­ship

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

DUBAI: The all-new Ford Edge makes its re­gional de­but at the Dubai In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor­show next week, demon­strat­ing what hap­pens when a proven leader gets even bet­ter. The orig­i­nal cross­over util­ity ve­hi­cle from Ford is loaded with more tech­nol­ogy, higher lev­els of crafts­man­ship and greatly im­proved ve­hi­cle dy­nam­ics.

When launched in late 2006, Edge helped to de­fine the cross­over sport util­ity ve­hi­cle seg­ment. With a car-based de­sign, Edge de­liv­ered bet­ter on-road com­fort, fuel ef­fi­ciency and over­all driv­ing dy­nam­ics than any truck-based SUV. It was proof a util­ity ve­hi­cle could meet the de­mand­ing needs of an ev­ery­day com­muter.

The 2016 Edge is all-new from wheels to roof, de­signed to re­set the stan­dard in the two-row util­ity ve­hi­cle mar­ket. Based on Ford’s suc­cess­ful, global mid­size ve­hi­cle plat­form, Edge has been reimag­ined with a stronger, more ath­letic shape. It has been re­tooled to meet higher ex­pec­ta­tions for qual­ity, and reengi­neered to add more fea­tures and tech­nolo­gies for a more re­ward­ing driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

“The orig­i­nal Edge was our first en­try into the world of cross­over util­i­ties - a tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced ve­hi­cle that was the per­fect blend of sedan com­fort and ef­fi­ciency with SUV func­tion­al­ity,” said Raj Nair, Group Vice Pres­i­dent, Global Prod­uct De­vel­op­ment. “Now, we are build­ing on that suc­cess, and build­ing on the emo­tional ap­peal of the ve­hi­cle by of­fer­ing more of the tech­nol­ogy our cus­tomers want in a pack­age that meets the high­est ex­pec­ta­tions for qual­ity and crafts­man­ship.”

With the new Edge, Ford is also build­ing on its util­ity ve­hi­cle lead­er­ship around the world. Last year, the com­pany sold a record 1.2 mil­lion util­ity ve­hi­cles in mar­kets across the globe - up 38 per­cent from 2012.

Dy­namic all-new body and sus­pen­sion

The 2016 Edge will de­liver the con­fi­dent, smooth driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence cus­tomers ex­pect from Ford.

“The all-new Edge has been re­made in al­most ev­ery sin­gle de­tail, al­ways keep­ing in mind the cus­tomer, who expects some­thing premium, pow­er­ful and spe­cial,” said Judy Cur­ran, ve­hi­cle line di­rec­tor for Ford. “With a struc­ture more rigid than ever and a sus­pen­sion tuned to the high­est global stan­dards, the 2016 Edge is a high-tech util­ity that de­liv­ers a spe­cial driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence cus­tomers will feel from their first mo­ments be­hind the wheel.”

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 in­te­grallink 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 cus­tomers will feel im­me­di­ately.

Thanks in part to the use of more high­strength 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 per­cent in­crease in stiff­ness when re­act­ing to bend­ing forces and a 16 per­cent in­crease in stiff­ness when re­act­ing to twist­ing forces.

This means less noise, vi­bra­tion and harsh­ness char­ac­ter­is­tics, giv­ing Edge cus­tomers a qui­eter, more sub­stan­tial ride. As a re­sult, Edge is well suited for an ev­ery­day com­mute, but ready to at­tack when the road opens up.

Three new en­gines

The all-new Edge will fea­ture three en­gine op­tions, two of which are new pow­er­plants - a stan­dard twin-scroll 2.0-liter EcoBoost(r) four­cylin­der 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 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 PS and 372 Nm of torque, is sig­nif­i­cantly im­proved over the pre­vi­ous 2.0liter 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.

Among a host of 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 from the en­gine’s grav­i­ta­tional 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.

On the other side of the en­gine spec­trum is Edge Sport, with an ex­clu­sive, all-new 2.7liter EcoBoost en­gine that will pro­vide an ex­cep­tional com­bi­na­tion of power and ef­fi­ciency. Set­ting a new stan­dard in world-class pow­er­train en­gi­neer­ing, this twin-tur­bocharged V6 is one of the world’s most ad­vanced en­gines. 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.

Ex­pected to de­liver more than 315PS and 474 Nm of torque, this 2.7-liter EcoBoost will en­sure Edge Sport is the high­est-per­for­mance Edge ever.

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

Pad­dle-ac­ti­vated Selec­tShift

puts driver in con­trol

All three en­gines are mated to Ford’s Selec­tShift(r) 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, which can en­gage faster than a hu­man can blink, trans­fers power be­tween the front and rear axles, send­ing up to 100 per­cent of the power front or back.

New level of tech­nol­ogy for bet­ter driv­ing

The 2016 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 en­hanced ac­tive park as­sist, side park­ing sen­sors and a front cam­era with washer.

“The new Edge is a rolling show­case of Ford’s com­mit­ment to de­vel­op­ing and of­fer­ing the lat­est, most ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy in the busi­ness,” said Cur­ran. “We know our cus­tomers have em­braced tech­nol­ogy - from smart­phones to wear­able de­vices that track their health. Tech­nol­ogy is part of their lives. We want to make it part of their driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence as well.”

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