Ford revealed the first pictures and details of their new restyled Edge Crossover before it makes it world debut at the Chicago Auto Show. The new Edge has received a proper facelift and comes with a new face but it retains its character as a fat and bulky city crossover! It also gets the simply amazing Ford’s MyTouch multimedia system, 22-inch exclusive wheels and many convenience and safety features as standard.
MyFord Touch, standard on the 2011 Edge Limited and 2011 Edge Sport, includes two 4.2-inch configurable LCD screens in the instrument cluster as well as the 8-inch LCD touch screen in the center stack, five-way controls on the steering wheel – plus a new Media Hub with two USB 2.0 ports, video input jacks and an SD card slot. It also comes with top-notch Sony audio system.
2011 Edge gets new safety features like Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Cross Traffic Alert which helps detect vehicles in blind spots during normal driving as well as traffic approaching from the sides when reversing out of parking spots and Ambient lighting allows drivers to choose among seven colors with five intensity settings for interior accent lighting now controlled through the MyFord Touch system’s touch screen.
The car’s convenience features include: rear view camera; rain-sensing wipers, which detect moisture on the windshield and activate automatically; remote start; available HID (high-intensity discharge) headlamps; and power liftgate.
The standard Edge is powered by a 3.5 liter V6 engine developing 285 hp, while the Sport model gets a 3.7 liter with 305 hp. There’s also a 2.0 liter four-cylinder EcoBoost as the economical option but that does not seem to be able to move this big body around with ease!
“The 2011 Ford Edge delivers the perfect blend of style, technology and capability our customers demand,” said Jason Mase, crossover marketing manager. “The Edge has been at the forefront of consumer-focused features and conveniences such as SYNC, which allowed customers to connect their devices in a vehicle like never before. Now MyFord Touch builds on that heritage with new driver connect technology that leads the industry.”