All-New 2015 Edge Showcases Ford`s Best

All-New 2015 Edge Showcases Ford`s Best
Mar 6, 2015 | Dearborn, Mich.
All-New 2015 Edge
Showcases Ford's
Best Technology, More
Driver-Assist Features,
Improved Performance,
Craftsmanship
• 2015 Edge is a showcase of Ford innovation; from a new
design that excites to technology features that comfort, the
all-new Edge sets a benchmark for Ford utility vehicles
• Available driver-assist technologies include enhanced
active park assist, adaptive cruise control and collision
warning with brake support (available late 2015), 180degree front camera with washer, standard rear camera,
glove box-mounted airbag system, inflatable rear safety
belts and Ford’s unique hands-free liftgate
• 2015 Ford Edge features a standard 2.0-liter EcoBoost®
engine; new Sport model powered by most advanced
EcoBoost yet – a 2.7-liter V6; Titanium series joins lineup
Download 2015 Ford Edge Tech Specs
The all-new Ford Edge demonstrates what happens when a
proven leader gets even better. The original crossover utility vehicle
from Ford has been completely reworked for 2015, and is now
loaded with more technology, higher levels of craftsmanship and
greatly improved vehicle dynamics. By every measure, the all-new
Ford Edge is a better vehicle.
When launched in late 2006, Edge helped to define the crossover
utility vehicle segment in North America, the biggest such market
in the world. With a car-based design rather than traditional truckbased SUV underpinnings, Edge delivered better on-road comfort,
fuel efficiency and overall driving dynamics. It was proof a utility
vehicle could meet the demanding needs of everyday commuters.
The 2015 Edge – slated to begin reaching Ford showrooms in North
America this spring – is all-new from wheels to roof, designed to
reset the standard in the two-row utility vehicle market. It has been
reimagined with a stronger, more athletic shape, retooled to meet
higher expectations for quality, and reengineered to add more
features and technologies to provide a more rewarding, engaging
driving experience. The all-new Edge will be sold in more than 100
markets across the globe.
“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, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development.
“Now, we are building on that success, 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 all-new Edge, Ford is also building on its global utility
vehicle leadership, having delivered four consecutive years of
record utility vehicle sales. In 2014, the company sold an all-timehigh 1.4 million utility vehicles in markets worldwide – up 11 percent
from 2013.
In North America, Ford was the top-selling utility vehicle brand for
a fourth consecutive year in 2014, and posted strong performance
in other markets as well. Ford Kuga sales jumped 31 percent over
2013 levels in Europe, for an all-time best-ever sales year. In China,
Ford utility vehicles are hot, with Explorer sales for 2014 more
than double 2013 levels, and Kuga and EcoSport sales gaining 42
percent. Edge sales climbed 20 percent in China last year.
Production of the 2015 Ford Edge began at Oakville Assembly, near
Toronto, in February. Following its initial launch in North America,
the all-new Edge heads to markets in Europe, South America and
Asia Pacific.
Dynamic all-new body and suspension
The 2015 Edge will deliver the confident, smooth driving
experience customers expect from Ford.
“The all-new Edge has been remade in every single detail – always
keeping in mind the customer who expects something distinctive
and powerful,” said JD Shanahan, chief program engineer for Edge.
“With a structure more rigid than ever and a suspension tuned to
the highest global standards, the 2015 Edge is a high-tech utility
that delivers a special driving experience customers will feel from
their initial moments behind the wheel.”
Central to the improved driving dynamics is an entirely new body
structure and redesigned front and rear suspension developed
to better isolate road imperfections and absorb noise without
compromising handling.
The front-wheel-drive Edge retains a MacPherson-type front
suspension, but features a sophisticated, entirely new 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.
Ford development tests indicate a 20 percent improvement in roll
control and damping in the all-new Edge. Steering feel is improved
30 percent, with parking effort reduced 30 percent thanks in part
to the new electric power-assisted steering.
The use of more high-strength steel, including boron steel in the
B-pillars, results in a solid body structure that provides a far better
platform for the new suspension to work. The all-new Edge is 26
percent stiffer in reacting to bending forces and 14 percent stiffer
reacting to twisting forces over the 2014 model.
This means less noise, vibration and harshness characteristics –
giving Edge customers a quieter, more substantial ride in a vehicle
nicely suited for the everyday commute but ready to have fun when
the road opens up.
Two new engines, three total powerplants to choose from
In North America, the all-new Edge features three engine options,
two of which are new powerplants – a standard twin-scroll
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2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder and a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6. A
naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 engine is available. All models are
equipped with dual output exhaust and a six-speed automatic
transmission.
The twin-scroll 2.0-liter EcoBoost, making 245 horsepower and
275 lb.-ft. of torque, is significantly improved over the previous
2.0-liter EcoBoost. Beyond efficiency advantages, this new engine
provides more capability. Edge equipped with 2.0-liter EcoBoost
can be ordered with newly available all-wheel drive and a towing
package capable of hauling a 3,500-pound trailer. (In 2014, the
four-cylinder Edge was front-wheel drive only. No trailer tow
package was offered.)
Among a host of changes to the 2.0-liter EcoBoost is the twinscroll 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.
When equipped with the new 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, the 2015
Edge is expected to be quicker in 0-60 mph acceleration than the
2014 model. EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings are still among
the best in the segment, with the front-wheel-drive Edge returning
20 mpg city, 30 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined.
On the other side of the engine spectrum is Edge Sport and
its exclusive, all-new 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine that provides an
exceptional combination of power and efficiency. The new V6
delivers a small increase in horsepower over the previous 3.7-liter
V6 engine, and a 25 percent increase in torque – for a total of
315 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque. Peak torque is available
at 2,750 rpm, far lower in the performance band than the 2014
model’s 4,000 rpm, for a better performance feel.
A 1.0-second improvement in 0-60 mph acceleration is expected,
with 45-65 mph acceleration also expected to be greatly improved
– making Ford Edge Sport a top performer in the segment.
The front-wheel-drive Edge Sport returns EPA-estimated fuel
economy ratings of 18 mpg city, 27 mpg highway and 21 mpg
combined. EPA-estimated ratings for the all-wheel-drive model
are 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined. Even with
improved performance, fuel economy estimates are either equal to
or better than the 2014 Edge Sport.
The twin-turbocharged V6 in the all-new Edge Sport is a worldclass engine, providing a remarkable combination of advanced
materials expertly applied. It draws its design from the best of
the efficient Ford EcoBoost lineup, and takes cues from the
unmatched durability of Ford Super Duty Power Stroke
engine technology.
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The 2.7-liter EcoBoost employs compacted graphite iron in its
cylinder block – same as that used in the 6.7-liter Power Stroke.
This advanced block allows for a stiff and compact design
that returns exceptionally refined noise, vibration and harshness
control. The compacted graphite iron core is mated with a diecast aluminum engine-block ladder frame and composite oil pan
– saving weight by applying advanced materials where they are
needed most.
Edge Sport features 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 thicker.
With improved damping and control, Edge Sport offers 15 percent
to 20 percent better overall road-holding capability – giving the
driver more control, sharper steering and greater confidence.
Paddle-activated SelectShift puts driver in control
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All three Edge engines are mated to Ford’s SelectShift sixspeed automatic transmission featuring standard paddle-shift
activation, giving drivers the ability to manually select gears via
race-inspired paddles on the steering wheel.
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 does not have to select sport
mode to enable operation.
The available intelligent all-wheel-drive system for the new Edge
is 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 front and
rear axles, sending up to 100 percent of the power to the front or
rear.
New level of technology for better driving
The 2015 Edge is a technology leader for Ford, with a suite of
standard and available technologies designed to improve both
the driving experience and comfort level for vehicle occupants.
Technology features 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 most advanced technology in
the business,” said Shanahan. “Our customers have embraced
technology – from smartphones to wearable devices that track
their health – it’s a part of their lives. We want to make technology
a bigger part of their driving experience as well.”
Key standard and available technology features include:
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• Active Grille Shutters: Help improve aerodynamics,
particularly at highway speeds
• Adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake
support (available late 2015): Uses radar to detect moving
vehicles directly ahead and change the cruising speed if
necessary
• Air Curtains: Create a high-pressure 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 spots
• Cameras: New 180-degree front camera with washer;
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: Provide audible
alerts designed to help drivers avoid obstacles when
parking
• Hands-free liftgate: Simple kick motion below center of rear
bumper allows customer to unlock and raise liftgate
• Heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats,
heated steering wheel: Amenities make occupants more
comfortable, and every drive more enjoyable
• Lane-keeping system: Alerts driver to steer vehicle back into
its lane if it has drifted
• Side parking sensors: Using algorithms, sensors measure
speed and steering wheel angle to warn drivers of obstacles
on either side of the vehicle during parking or low-speed
maneuvers
• SYNC® with MyFord Touch®: Now available for more trim
levels; standard on Edge Sport and Titanium series
Safety technologies available on Edge include:
• Active glove box knee airbag: Advanced new design
uses glove box front to cushion the knees of the front
passenger in a crash. A pliable, injection-molded plastic
bladder is sandwiched between inner and outer glove
box door panels. On impact, a small inflator fills the
bladder, extending the glove box outer door panel toward
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: Advanced restraint system
combines attributes of safety belt and airbag technologies
to reduce head, neck and chest injuries in frontal crashes
for passengers in second-row outboard seating positions by
distributing crash force energy across five times more of an
occupant’s torso than a traditional safety belt
Higher standards for quality and craftsmanship
The 2015 Ford Edge is available in four trim levels, including SE,
SEL, Sport and – for the first time – a Titanium series to meet
customer demand for more premium offerings. All pricing detail is
available at www.ford.com.
“We really focused on meeting the highest craftsmanship
standards in developing the all-new Edge,” said Michele Bartlett,
Ford marketing manager for large cars and utilities. “The idea was
to create not just a high-quality exterior and interior, but to give the
customer a holistic, first-class experience.
“The Titanium trim level has been a real success story for Ford
– particularly in products such as Fusion and Escape,” Bartlett
added. “Our customers are telling us, ‘We are interested in
technology and an exceptional look and feel.’ Titanium delivers
that.”
The 2015 Ford Edge represents a significant step forward in both
material and visual quality. Throughout, seams are tighter and
more consistent, with the overall design executed to reduce visual
cutlines. The team worked out the smallest of details – rethinking
how the front doors meet the instrument panel, simplifying
merging points and reducing potential alignment issues.
The dashboard and center console are carefully designed and
shaped to look like one thin, streamlined piece. A central 8-inch
LCD touch screen supporting SYNC with MyFord Touch is now
more widely available.
Storage areas have been improved throughout the cabin, with a
covered media bin on top of the center stack; an open, passthrough storage area beneath the climate controls; an open
storage area on the instrument panel, below and to the left of the
steering wheel; and large pockets on each door.
Thanks in part to smart design work and thinner, more supportive
next-generation seats, the Edge interior is larger and more
spacious. Adding to the openness, Edge will continue to offer one
of the largest sunroofs in the business – Ford’s panoramic Vista
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Roof measuring 47.7 inches front to rear.
The 2015 Edge gains 3.9 inches in length and 1.3 inches in height,
making it 188.1 inches long and 68.6 inches tall. Wheelbase
increases nearly an inch, growing from 111.3 inches to 112.2 inches.
The all-new Edge cabin is larger than the outgoing model in nearly
every measure. There is additional headroom for all passengers,
and legroom for second-row passengers increases 1.0 inch. Cargo
capacity also is up, with 39.2 cubic feet of space behind the
second row of seats – 7.0 cubic feet more than the previous model.
With the second row folded, there is now 73.4 cubic feet of cargo
capacity in the all-new Edge – a gain of 4.5 cubic feet.
Quieter than ever
The all-new Edge is not only more refined and comfortable, it’s also
quieter.
In wind tunnel tests, Edge proves to be more than 1 sone
(sound perception measurement) quieter than its predecessor.
This enhanced quietness is due to better sealing of the body,
insulation improvements, and powertrains that are less noisy and
better isolated from the cabin.
Standard for 2015 on all models is acoustic windshield glass,
along with acoustic underbody panels and wheel well liners –
reducing road and wind noise and helping improve aerodynamic
performance. Titanium models are even quieter, incorporating
acoustic glass on driver and passenger side doors.
When equipped with the twin-scroll 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine,
vibration levels at idle are 2 decibels quieter than the previous
model. In moments of heavy acceleration, the revamped engine
emits a quieter, more refined sound due to multiple changes
including an acoustic wrap for the intake manifold, an upgraded
heat shield and modified oil pump. On all models, a 360-degree
hood seal contributes to overall vehicle quietness.
Edge Sport’s Active Noise Cancellation technology manages and
enhances the sound of its powerful 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.
Even the selection of tires for the all-new Edge results in a
better on-road experience. Larger tires are often associated with
unpleasant road noise, but the 20-inch tires available for Edge
Sport and Titanium trim levels are a full 2 decibels quieter.
Built to be the best
A $700 million (U.S.) renovation for Ford’s Oakville Assembly
Complex has delivered significant improvements to the facility
where production of the all-new Edge is under way. Updates
include more than 250 new, more advanced robots, many of which
are installed to work to the most demanding levels of precision
– with duties that require thousandths-of-an-inch accuracy to
ensure repeatable, high-quality assembly.
“Some unique technologies have been incorporated into the plant
– all designed to bring a higher level of quality at a rate that is
capable of being repeated,” said William Cowell, Oakville Assembly
plant manager. “The higher level of complexity in the build process
means employees are interfacing with more advanced systems
and technology that can significantly improve quality in ways our
customers will be able to see and feel.”
Oakville Assembly has been recognized for its environmental
efforts. The plant is the first North American assembly plant to
go zero waste-to-landfill, and recently upgraded to LED lighting
across the facility, replacing 7,000 lights for an estimated 15 million
kilowatt-hours of energy saved per year.
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company is a global company based in Dearborn,
Michigan. The company designs, manufactures, markets and
services a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs, electrified vehicles
and Lincoln luxury vehicles, provides financial services through
Ford Motor Credit Company and is pursuing leadership positions
in electrification, autonomous vehicles and mobility solutions.
Ford employs approximately 202,000 people worldwide. For
more information regarding Ford, its products and Ford Motor
Credit Company, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.
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