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Old 02-10-2010, 10:55 AM   #1
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CHICAGO -- Ford's turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder engine will debut in the re-engineered 2011 Ford Edge crossover.

The Edge is undergoing its first major changes since its 2006 debut. The new version will be unveiled this morning at the Chicago Auto Show.

While the styling is familiar -- call it an evolutionary tinkering -- all of the 2011 model's sheet metal except the roof and doors has been replaced. The interior has been redesigned, and the passenger compartment is quieter thanks to additional soundproofing, styling changes to reduce wind noise, and acoustic glass.

The powertain lineup has gone from one engine to three, with a re-engineered, 3.5-liter V-6 and the addition of a re-engineered 3.7-liter V-6. Ford says the engines have improved fuel economy and increased horsepower and torque.

“The Edge is another example of our new approach to freshenings,” said Derrick Kuzak, Ford Motor Co. group vice president of global product development. “For us, it is not a front-end clip and new wheels. It is a significant and unexpected level of content similar to what we did last year with the very successful Fusion freshening.”

Seeking conquests

Ford sold 337,915 Edges from the time the crossover went on sale in 2006 through January. Last year, Ford sold 88,548 Edges, a 20 percent drop from 2008.

Elaine Bannon, chief engineer for the Edge and its Lincoln MKX sibling, said the Edge is important for the Ford brand -- 49 percent of the crossover's buyers are conquest sales.

Kuzak and Bannon spoke at an embargoed press event last week in Dearborn, Mich.

Bannon said a survey of Edge owners found that the “chief purchase drivers” are styling, voice-activated technology, ride comfort and fuel efficiency -- the main areas Ford targeted for the 2011 model.

Ford's turbocharged, direct-injection, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine will be available toward the end of the year. It will be used in the redesigned 2011Ford Explorer.

The 2011 Edge with V-6 engines will be launched this summer.

While Ford is not releasing horsepower or torque figures, the automaker says the four-cylinder's performance will be comparable to a V-6; the engine will provide at least a 10 percent improvement in fuel economy over a V-6 engine.

“We have plans for EcoBoost in a number of displacement ranges,” Kuzak said. “It started with an EcoBoost V-6 replacing the V-8, and now you see an inline-four replacing larger-displacement V-6s.”

The 3.5-liter V-6 produces, 285 hp, up from 265 on the 2010 model. Torque is increased by 3 pounds-feet. The 3.7-liter V-6 produces 305 hp and 280 pounds-feet of torque.

New features

Inside the new Edge is a new instrument panel, console, center stack and steering wheel, along with door panels and seat trim.

“The level of materials, fit and finish, craftsmanship -- the whole driver experience is significantly enhanced,” Bannon said. The Edge's major competitors are the Honda Accord Crosstour, Nissan Murano and Toyota Venza.

MyFord Touch, co-developed with Microsoft Corp., is standard on Limited and Sport models of the Edge. An 8-inch screen in the center stack and two configurable 4.2-inch screens in the instrument cluster provide vehicle and entertainment information, among other features.

Five-way buttons for operating the system are mounted on the steering wheel in addition to controls on the display panel in the instrument cluster. A new voice control system simplifies commands and introduces voice control over more features.

Kuzak said the Edge will offer “an unexpected level of technology in this class of vehicle.”
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Old 02-10-2010, 10:56 AM   #2
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When it was introduced for the 2007 model year, the Edge was like a contemporary Mariah Carey—great to look at, but struggling with a weight problem and the resultant effects on performance. At the Chicago auto show, Ford shows off a freshening that enhances the Edge’s appearance, overhauls the interior, and, although not directly addressing the issue of mass, will increase performance.
Like most mid-cycle refreshes, the Edge’s 2011 update starts with a nose job. Every panel up front is new: hood, fenders, grille, and fascia. The result is a sultrier shape than the blocky original Edge—the headlights are narrower, the three-bar grille dips deeper into the fascia, and the overall look is softened and rounded—but still clearly descendant from it. Around back, the hatch is new, with taillights that ditch the trendy clear lenses of the original model for more timeless red ones.
Functional Changes
Underneath that new hood, the Edge will have a selection of two new engines and one updated unit. The new base engine will be a 2.0-liter turbocharged, direct-injected EcoBoost four-cylinder. Power figures have not been released yet, but figure on about 230 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. Mid-level SEL models will get the 3.5-liter V-6 from the previous Edge, but updated with variable timing on both intake and exhaust camshafts, with output increasing 20 hp and 3 lb-ft, to 285 and 253, respectively.
Top-of-the-line Sport models, in addition to unique black grille slats, smoked head- and taillights, and black-trimmed, 22-inch wheels; get Ford’s 3.7-liter V-6, which delivers a relatively modest bump in hp—to 305—over the 3.5, but a torque gain of 27 lb-ft, for a total of 280. All three engines will be paired with six-speed automatics, with the Sport featuring standard paddle shifters that are unavailable with the other engines.
It’s What’s Inside That Counts
The Edge’s new interior is perhaps even more attractive than the sheetmetal. A sleek new center stack steals the show, housing Ford’s new MyFord and MyFord Touch vehicle-interface systems. These two are the next evolution of Ford’s Sync. MyFord will be standard on all 2011 Edges, but MyFord Touch costs extra. Both are vehicle-management systems using a small LCD screen in the gauge cluster—the fancier MyFord Touch gets two, one on either side of the speedometer—and a larger LCD screen in the center stack.
The small screens in the IP are controlled by five-way switches (up, down, left, and right arrows plus a center “select” button) on the steering-wheel spokes, while the center is operated via touch. The left IP screen is the only one MyFord buyers get, and it displays vehicle information such as stability-control settings, a tachometer, or trip-computer information. The screen to the right of the speedometer—again, only available with MyFord Touch—is reserved for audio, phone, navigation, and climate-control info. The center screen handles the same information as the right smaller screen, with the added benefit of being accessible to the front passenger.
Call it the Kitchen Sync
All of MyFord and MyFord Touch’s functionality builds on top of the next-generation Sync features, which include easier interaction through what Ford calls “direct speech” commands. No longer does a person dial a phone number by saying “phone” then waiting for Sync to respond before saying “call Jane.” Now, the command is simply “call Jane,” and Sync makes the call. Or, if you want to find a sporting event, you can simply say “tune to Baltimore Ravens game” rather than flipping through channels looking for the game, and Sync will find it. For a full rundown of all the details, read our coverage of the two systems from the Consumer Electronics Show.
Additionally, below the MyFord interface are capacitive-touch controls for audio and climate, and those opting for the upgraded Sony stereo are treated to a Sony-designed audio interface. Though the system does look cool, we see frustrations growing from audio controls that will not react to thickly gloved fingers.
A vehicle with features like MyFord Touch can’t get by without a healthy dose of technology elsewhere. To that end, the Edge also will receive a bunch of optional high-tech gear including keyless entry and ignition, blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. The 2011 Edge will go on sale later in 2010. Pricing should remain close to today’s levels, with a base SE beginning around $28,000 and Sport models starting near $35,000.






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Not bad at all. Keep it coming Ford. More turbo = good. I don't really like the steering wheel very much from the pictures in the link though........
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Old 02-10-2010, 11:14 AM   #4
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*Applause*

What a great array of engines. I thought Ford would utilize the 2.0L T in this vehicle, though I was skeptical when the Flex got the Ecoboost 3.5L. I would def. choose the Ecoboosted Edge, with powerout rumored to be around 240 HP from the DI 2.0L. Current mileage rating is 17/23 (AWD) from the 3.5L. One would think that fuel economy might increase more like 15% given the DI and far smaller displacement, but it is a heavy vehicle I guess.

I am wondering when Ford will pair their excellent hybrid drive with their 3.5L engine....or if they will. Perhaps the 2.0L T would be better, but possibly more expensive. The Edge should be next in line IMO to recieve the hybrid treatment. Though I havent even heard rumors about it.
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Old 02-10-2010, 11:37 AM   #5
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For all the hype of the SHO (and Flex) with the 3.5 that's north of 40K, it's the 2.0 and smaller motors that will really make or break Ford when it comes to the volume of cars they sell. Too bad they won't do diesel, too.
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Ford really is moving their entire line up in a great direction.

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WAY better with the blacked out grille. 2.0L EcoBoost MPG should be something like 22 City/32 Highway.
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Old 02-10-2010, 12:20 PM   #8
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I rented an Edge in 08. Even the Hertz Econopak spec wasn't aweful, and the car was an OK driver for what it was. With these new motors and upgraded interior spec, I bet it will be a pretty decent value for a lil' SUV.
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22" wheels!? There is no big enough.
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Even with the smaller engine it will still be a pig. The 2009 fwd SEL weighs 4,312 according to edmunds. The comparable 2010 murano fwd is 3855...To make real leaps and bounds in fuel econ and performance the ford needs to shed 400-500lbs ... or as Clarkson would say "a whole American"
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I was thinking; the Edge is pretty big.
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that blacked out one looks good and the MPG isn't horrible, but whats up with the price?!? getting close to 40k is stupid money. It may be a great car, though. It certainly looks nice.
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WAY better with the blacked out grille. 2.0L EcoBoost MPG should be something like 22 City/32 Highway.
Highly doubt it's going to be 32 highway. I had a CX-7 for a while and although the Mazda DI 2.3 Turbo is thirsty, these things are still big bricks with all wheel drive. Physics are a bitch!
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Im predicting 21/27 MPG.
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22" wheels!? There is no big enough.
I wonder how many people will **** the bed when they get their $1800 tire bill.
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The wheel size thing is out of control, what's the point on a functional vehicle like that...
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Nice !

.... so FORD: if this is true, will the Fusion get this engine, mated to a 6 speed manual trans? please ?
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.... so FORD: if this is true, will the Fusion get this engine, mated to a 6 speed manual trans? please ?
Ford basically confirmed it'll be in the next Focus.
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Ford basically confirmed it'll be in the next Focus.
Huh? When & where?
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.... so FORD: if this is true, will the Fusion get this engine, mated to a 6 speed manual trans? please ?
if they put a 6 speed manual behind the 3.5 with awd....i will be parting out my sti.
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I agree, the tire size thing is crazy. People are not intelligent enough to know that tires are the most important part on a car. Most people anyway. Now make them choose between quality tires that cost 1800 bucks for ridiculous 22" sizes, or 500 bucks for crap and see which they pick.

I can see it now.

customer, "sir, I need a set of tires for my Ford Edge"
Discount tire guy,"Yes ma'am, those are 225/35/22's".. "those will be 355 per tire, plus mounting etc"
customer, "What is the cheapest tire you have in a 22"
Discount tire guy, "<sigh>, we have the Maypop 500's" "Just do not tell anybody you bought them here"

I am going to go down a size to 17" on my speed3 when my RE-11's wear out.
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Non tactile instrument controls ?

They may have gone too far.
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Huh? When & where?
http://jalopnik.com/5469642/four+cyl...nted-for-focus
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I agree, the tire size thing is crazy. People are not intelligent enough to know that tires are the most important part on a car. Most people anyway. Now make them choose between quality tires that cost 1800 bucks for ridiculous 22" sizes, or 500 bucks for crap and see which they pick.

I can see it now.

customer, "sir, I need a set of tires for my Ford Edge"
Discount tire guy,"Yes ma'am, those are 225/35/22's".. "those will be 355 per tire, plus mounting etc"
customer, "What is the cheapest tire you have in a 22"
Discount tire guy, "<sigh>, we have the Maypop 500's" "Just do not tell anybody you bought them here"

I am going to go down a size to 17" on my speed3 when my RE-11's wear out.
Generic Joe Slum tires aren't so bad if you only drive in dry and rain (typical non caring slow safe driver). It's when you put them through snow, sleet, and icy conditions...it's .
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I am going to go down a size to 17" on my speed3 when my RE-11's wear out.
Heh, I thinking about dropping back down to summer 16s on the car.
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