DETROIT -- Today, Ford gave media a first look at it's next-gen Edge. And while the design gets a definite upgrade, the real story is the technology packed inside the crossover frame.
Joe Hinrichs, Ford Motor Co. President of the Americas, introduced this new vehicle by saying: "It's better in every way."
In fact, every signature technology that has thus far been developed at Ford will be available in the 2015 Ford Edge. And then some.
Tech features you may be familiar with include: rear inflatable seatbelts, lane keeping system, auto stop/start, cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, blind spot monitoring, do not disturb and hands-free power liftgate. Some new things that make their debut in the Edge: adaptive steering, a 180-degree camera with a washer, enhanced park assist and side sensors.
While we weren't able to drive the new Edge just yet, we were able to check out the enhanced park assist as a passenger, and it is really cool. In addition to helping you parallel park, this new system can get you out of a parallel parking spot as well as help you "perpendicular park" or back into a space.
I see this as a must-have feature for Chicago drivers -- no more "drive-by-feel" allowed!
Another cool facet of this feature -- it allows you to parallel park on the right or left side of the street, and if you're parked down a center median, the exit feature allows you to select whether you'd like to exit to the left or the right. Super cool.
The new Edge adds 3.9 inches to the length and 1 inch to the wheelbase -- both of which were used to improve key interior measurements. The rear seat gets a higher seating position, and there is a 5.5 cubic-foot total volume increase.
For 2015, the Edge has 3 engine options. The SE, SEL and Titanium will come standard with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, and the Sport model will come equipped with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost. For those who are looking for a non-EcoBoost, the 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V-6 is still available as well.
Unfortunately, Ford didn't release a ton of extra information about the new Edge. No power ratings, fuel economy, launch date or pricing. But what we do know: You'll see it as a 2015 model, likely in Q1 of 2015.
So, until we get more details, check out my photo gallery below.
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