Ford Edge

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Ford Edge
Ford Edge SE
Automotive industryFord Motor Company
Production2006-present
AssemblyOakville, Ontario, Canada
Car classificationMid-size Crossover SUV
Car body style5-door Sport utility vehicle
Automobile layoutFront-engine design, Front-wheel drive / All-wheel drive
Automobile platformFord CD3 platform
Internal combustion engine3.5 L (213 CID) Duratec 35 V6
Transmission (mechanics)6-speed 6F Automatic transmission
Wheelbase111.2 in (2825 mm)
Length185.7 in (4720 mm)
Width75.8 in (1925 mm)
Height67.0 in (1700 mm)
RelatedFord Fusion
Lincoln MKX
Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ
Mazda6
Mazda CX-7
Mazda CX-9
Mercury Milan

The Edge is a premium Mid-size Crossover SUV (CUV) manufactured by Ford, based on the Ford CD3 platform — and marketed in slightly modified form as the Lincoln MKX. The platform is shared with Mazda CX-9 crossover, the Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, and the Lincoln MKZ Sedan (car). The Edge is the smaller of Ford's present crossover lineup as follows:

  • Ford Edge (Mid-size Crossover SUV)
  • Ford Taurus X (Mid-size Crossover SUV)
  • Ford Flex (Full-size Crossover SUV)

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Production


The Edge made its public debut at the 2006 North American International Auto Show in January 2006, with production starting in the October 2006 as a 2007 model, with the first ones reaching dealerships just before December 25, 2006, because of a brief delay in production due to issues with the supplier . The Edge (codename U387) is built at Ford's Oakville Assembly Complex in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

As a crossover vehicle, the Edge bridges the gap between minivans like the now discontinued Freestar, and truck-based Sport utility vehicle such as the Explorer. The Edge officially slots below the Taurus X in Ford's crossover SUV lineup. The Edge implements Ford's front end design with a three bar chrome grille.

Although North America is the primary market for the vehicle, Ford also intends to market the Edge in 40 additional countries, including United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Panama. The Edge is also marketed in Israel and is expected to arrive in Brazil late 2008.

Edge's U.S. sales have increased steadily since its launch, outselling all other mid- to large-sized Crossover SUV from January to June 2007 with over 58,000 units sold. [1][2] 2007 sales totaled over 130,000 units. The Edge is now the best-selling mid-size SUV in the United States.

Equipment


The Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX are among the first vehicles to use Ford's new 3.5 Liter Duratec 35 V6 engine. This new 213-cubic-inch engine produces 265 Horsepower (197 Watt) and 250 Foot-pound force (186 Newton meter) and is mated to the new 6F six-speed Automatic transmission, Fuel economy is rated at 15 (AWD) to 16 (FWD) mpg-US in the City and 22 (AWD) to 24 (FWD) mpg-US on the Highway.[3]

The Edge is available with both Front-wheel drive and All-wheel drive.

Initially introduced in 2007 with the three trim levels SE, SEL, and SEL Plus,[4] the SEL Plus was superseded by the Limited trim in 2008.[5]

Standard features on all trims include air conditioning; cruise control; driver's seat lumbar support; tilt and telescoping steering wheel; power windows, power door locks, and power mirrors; remote keyless entry; and P235/65R17 tires on alloy wheels.[4][5]

Safety


Safety equipment includes standard dual front airbags, front side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction control, electronic stability control, and a tire-pressure monitoring system.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Crash Test Ratings[6]

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Sport

2009 Ford Edge Sport

The Sport appearance package for the Ford Edge debuted at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show, with sales to begin as a 2009 model.[7] It will come with standard all-body colored trim and 20-inch wheels. Massive 22-inch wheels are an optional factory upgrade.

2010 Hybrid and Hydrogen (HySeries) versions

Ford Edge hydrogen-electric plug-in hybrid concept

Ford Canada announced in June 2007, that a gasoline-electric hybrid version of the Edge will debut in the 2010 model year. The model is expected to use a new hybrid system from Ford, pairing an electric motor with a V6 engine. [8]

Additionally, after public presentation in 2007, Ford has been carefully pointing at future production of its HySeries Drive Edge. [9] This vehicle uses a Hydrogen Fuel Cell along with plug-in charging of its lithium-ion battery pack, for a combined range of over 200 miles (320 km). The HySeries Drive system was first introduced in the Ford Airstream concept from the 2007 Detroit Auto Show. A Concept car of the Ford Edge with the HySeries Drive was unveiled in the 2007 Washington DC Auto Show. The HySeries system is related to General Motors Chevrolet Volt platform. The Chevrolet Volt Platform was introduced in the 2007 Detroit Auto Show as the power train of the Chevrolet Volt concept.

This vehicle was featured in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace starring Daniel Craig as Bond, which was filmed in 2008. In 2002, starting with Die Another Day, (Pierce Brosnan as Bond) Ford and EON Productions agreed to a three film contract to have their vehicles displayed and/or used in the Bond movies. After Quantum of Solace, their contract expired.

Awards

Ford Edge has received several honors:

  • Ford Edge recognized as one of "Best Cars for Families" in 2007 by AAA and Parents Magazine.
  • Edge earns IIHS "Top Safety Pick" rating for models built after January 2007
  • 3.5L Duratec 35 V6 named one of the world's "10 Best Engines" by Ward.
  • Ford Edge named "2007 Urban Truck of the Year" by On Wheels, Inc.
  • Edge wins J.D. Power and Associates 2007 " APEAL Award"

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