2015 Ford Edge: First Look

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Competes with: Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Murano, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Looks like: The current Fusion's styling, stretched to fit the new Edge

Drivetrain: Turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6 or a 3.5- liter V-6; six-speed automatic transmission; front- or all-wheel drive

Hits showrooms: Early 2015

Research the Ford Edge

Ford Motor Co. has unveiled the next-generation 2015 Ford Edge at a special event at the company's headquarters in Dearborn, Mich. The crossover moves to a new platform that also underpins the latest Ford Fusion and gains an all-new suspension, two new engines and a host of safety and convenience features to make the midsize SUV one very technologically advanced family vehicle.

Exterior

The Edge is now a global vehicle for Ford and will be sold not only in North America but China and Europe too. As such, it's been fully integrated into Ford's global design language for 2015 — if you like the new Fusion, Focus and Escape, you'll like the Edge. The new model doesn't move the styling needle at all for the brand, but it does put the new standard Ford face on the SUV, as well as a taillight treatment that combines the look of the Fusion with the full-width lighting of the Lincoln MKC (optional on higher trims).

The Edge grows slightly too, with an inch added to the wheelbase and nearly 4 inches added to the overall length. The general package remains the same: a two-box design that should look familiar to shoppers in the market. The Sport trim level gets body-colored lower trim, black smoked wheels that match the grille and most of the previous generation's chrome is replaced by gloss-black trim. A new Titanium trim level also joins the SE, SEL and Limited trims.

Interior

Inside, it looks just like all the other Ford SUVs — a scaled-down version of the Explorer would be an accurate description. Interior volume has been increased too, with nearly 7 cubic feet more of cargo room and more head- and legroom for all passengers. Materials quality makes a jump over the current Edge as does its level content — the new Edge practically bristles with optional electronic gadgetry and safety equipment. Most noticeable to drivers may be a new adaptive steering feature that changes the steering ratio based on speed. This means less turning the steering wheel in parking lots than you would have previously in order to get around obstacles or turns.

The list of available electronic equipment is impressive and includes:

  • Adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support
  • Stop-start technology
  • Blind spot warning
  • 180-degree front-mounted camera with washer for seeing around corners
  • Enhanced park assist for pulling into and out of parallel and perpendicular parking spots
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Forward and reverse sensing systems
  • Hands-free foot-triggered tailgate
  • Lane keep assist
  • Side-parking sensors

Under the Hood

There are three powertrain options for the Edge, starting with Ford's first standard EcoBoost engine. An updated turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder will be standard, while the carryover 3.5-liter V-6 remains the optional engine. The Edge Sport gets something special — a turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 that will also be optional on the new 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck. No horsepower or fuel economy numbers were provided by Ford. Those figures will reportedly come later in the year as the launch of the new model approaches. All engines will be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, with front-wheel drive the standard setup. Unlike the previous model years, all-wheel drive will be optional on all engine configurations. Ford says the suspension is all-new for the Edge, with a firmer sport-oriented setup specified for the Edge Sport model.

Safety

An active glove box knee airbag is new; it's designed to cushion the front passenger's knees in a collision and is integrated into the glove box door between the inner and outer panels. AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control will be the standard stability system, while Curve Control uses the same sensors to help a vehicle follow its intended path while negotiating a curve.

Check out the gallery below.

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Manufacturer images; Cars.com photos by Aaron Bragman

Comments 

DLB

uhhhhhhhhh wow! i guess. sort of underwhelming.

Belly

I can't believe they used that same look on the Mustang. On the Edge, not so bad, but the Mustang... just looks awful.

Parrots

Did the designers even try? Especially the interior...

Aaron

Really, "Belly"?????? This is the current design trend of the 2014 Taurus. Not the 2015 Mustang. READ and pay attention to styling cues yourself, before you bash something made by the hands of fellow Americans, in which you have no clue how things in business work. In order to make a "family" of vehicles, they must have something that looks similar about them. Welcome to the Ford family. If you don't like it, leave. Go buy from Government Motors (GM).

Othree

10 years ago I would have bet my shorts that no major car companies would be poaching designs from Hyundai. This thing looks just like the Santa Fe!

Bowrider

Appears that Belly struck a chord with Aaron.

WTF

Looks like that's the case but really not sure why the Mustang was even brought up here.

Steve

Meh? Not great, but not bad either. Yeah, it looks like a boxy SUV. That black/white interior would give me a headache in 10 minutes.

I'm all for safety features, but I wouldn't want to own one after the warranty has expired due to all the complicated other systems on it, let alone the turbo everything engines.

Belly

READ and pay attention to styling cues yourself
-Hmm. Pretty sure I did and you understood exactly what I meant so...

before you bash something made by the hands of fellow Americans
-Its U-G-L-Y! What's that spell?!

In order to make a "family" of vehicles, they must have something that looks similar about them.
-The Mustang never looked like Ford's "family" of vehicles before, why start now?

If you don't like it, leave. Go buy from Government Motors (GM).
-Do I have to A-a-ron? Where should I go? Is GM the only car I buy if the Mustang looks ugly... oh no... all these problems...

Mike Belknap

My first impression of the front: this looks like the Santa Fe's less attractive sibling.
And the back: Fusion wagon.
Though the lighter interior is an improvement over the black, it's still just plain... plain. Vanilla. Nothing draws me to this vehicle over its competition.

this car is very nice & powerful

Kyle W

I see Ford took some classes from Hyundai. Not as attractive, though.

very very beauty & it is a look like to a monster

Erin B

I am a proud owner of a 2013 Limited and love it. I am very disappointed the new design looks like the Hyundai Sante Fe. :(

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