Ford was a little presumptuous in naming its midsize CUV, but you can’t blame a brand for optimism. As it turns out, Edge needed a little tweaking before coming into its own, flanked between unanimous ‘All-Ford All Stars’ Escape and Explorer. It’s a good thing Ford Motor Company is genuine in giving its drivers what they want, because when producer and consumer come together, it’s a thing of beauty. After a fine 2011 run, Edge’s latest incarnation definitely has an…excellent shape.
Water cooler jabber says 2012 Ford Edge will be available in September (days away!) and that’s close enough to spec it out; here’s a little taste to get riled up…
Ford Edge turns 30!
In MPG, that is. Ford is all grins as it spreads news that 2012 Ford Edge will come equipped with a 2.0L 4 cylinder EcoBoost engine that achieves, yes, 30 highway MPG. The FWD EcoBoost engine will be available on base SE, SEL and Limited trims with a 3.7L V6 attached to the Sport. To Ford’s credit, Edge joins the hallowed list of now 13 30 MPG Ford models- which should warrant a nice soft applause at least.
If EcoBoost is too new and strange SE, SEL, and Limited drivers can opt for a 3.5-liter V6 capable of 285 HP and 253 lb.-ft. of torque. Sport will sport the 3.7-liter V6 at 305 HP (best in class) and 280 lb.-ft. of torque.
Ford Edge Eco-nomy
3.5L Edges will receive 19/27 MPG with FWD and 18/25 for AWD trims. It’s 21/30 for EcoBoost while the 3.7L Sport will squeeze out 18/25 for FWD and 17/23 with AWD.
6 speed automatics control the chaos with SelectShift for 3.5L SEL, Limiteds & Sport, which also gets paddle activation.
Ford Edge – It’s the Little Things
Ford Edge’s interior distractions are reduced to SYNC: wind noise is all but eliminated thanks to a thicker windshield and annoying road racket is subdued by expandable foam baffles which are fitted in Edge’s fenders and D-pillars (top back).
Helping reduce Edge drag are Ford’s Active Grille Shutters that open and close automatically while adjusting to engine temps.
And of course a rear power liftgate is available to assist hands full packing.
Ford Edge – Technology Squared
Edge was actually the first Ford to sport SYNC and MyFord Touch and 2012 trims will feature more robust versions (with screen placement options) offering everything from traffic info and roadside needs to horoscopes (really) and stock updates.
And good news for base buyers: SE drivers will be able to experience the bliss of hands free voice controlled SYNC just like the more proper trims.
Ford Edge Capacities
It’ll seat 5 and no more with no 3rd row option while cargo room sits at 68.9 cubic feet behind front seats and 32.2 behind the second row.
Tow capacities sit at 3.500 lbs./2,000 lbs. for Sport.
Need an Edge?
All these niceties don’t come cheap, but I’m sure there are many among us who will justify Edge’s likely $30,000 plus ranged price tag.
It shouldn’t take long to gauge the public’s reaction to 2012 Edge. It’s a crossover that mixes class economy, safety, power (EcoBoost!), and an array of tech toys while riding newfound Ford glory. Ford has found its Edge!