With the 2007 launch of the Edge, Ford belatedly entered the critical midsize crossover segment, a move all the more important as the once-powerful Ford Explorer was rapidly fading in demand. It proved a successful foray, with Edge now the best-seller in its class.
So, launching an all-new model carries a fair share of risk, and all eyes will be on the 2011 Ford Edge, when the automaker pulls the covers off today at the annual Chicago Auto Show. Though this isn’t a complete, top-to-bottom remake, Derrick Kuzak, Ford’s global product development chief nonetheless describes the ’11 Edge as a “significant” update, and there’s no question the automaker is addressing a wide range of issues, particularly those critics have pointed to since the crossover’s debut.
The headline news is the debut of the first four-cylinder application of Ford’s new EcoBoost engine. The original Edge offered but a single powertrain option. With the 2011 Ford Edge, buyers will get three engine choices, including an upgraded 3.5-liter V6, now using Ti-VCT technology to boost performance and fuel economy, now 27 mpg Highway; a new 3.7-liter V6 with Ti-VCT for the Edge Sport, making 305 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque; and the 2.0-liter EcoBoost. (more…)