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EcoBoost and the Latest Update to MyFordTouch

Upgraded Sync is a plus, but does Ford’s heroic turbo four make money sense?

by on May.23, 2012

Ford has upgraded MyFordTouch and Sync and added the 2.0-liter EcoBoost option to the Edge crossover..

The best way to explain Sync and MyFordTouch is to compare it to another vehicle. The week before we drove a Ford Edge with the updated MyFordTouch, we drove an expensive luxury car from another manufacturer. With that car, just syncing a phone with Bluetooth was a difficult project – requiring a visit to the owner’s manual – mostly because of the voice recognition system’s limited voice command capabilities.

Last fall, Ford addressed issues with its MyFordTouch system, offering a software upgrade to all owners.

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At a series of clinics, customers told Ford engineers and designers that they wanted better voice recognition, simpler graphics, bigger “buttons” and more instructions from the system on its use.

Did the changes work? We take a look at the latest version of MyFordTouch, along with the second in Ford’s line EcoBoost engines.

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First Look: 2011 Ford Edge

Significant update coming for best-selling CUV, including first 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine.

by on Feb.10, 2010

Ford aims to maintain control of the crossover segment with its new 2011 Edge.

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.

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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…)