NEW FOR 2011:

– Redesigned model

For 2011, the Ford Edge is redesigned, with new engines, interior and exterior styling, improved suspension and noise reduction, and new technologies, including the debut of MyFord Touch, with driver-configurable LCD instrument cluster screens, eight-inch LCD touch screen, media hub and five-way steering wheel controls.

Like the 2010 Edge, the 2011 version uses a 3.5-litre V6, but it is a new engine with more power and improved fuel economy. Unlike in 2010, the Sport trim line now has a unique engine, a 3.7-litre V6 shared with the Mustang.

New option packages include a Driver Entry Package of perimeter alarm, intelligent access with pushbutton start, power liftgate and remote starter; a Vision Package of Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert and rain-sensing wipers; and a Canadian Touring Package of panoramic sunroof and voice-activated DVD-based navigation system. The Limited can be optioned with xenon headlamps.

The Edge, which is also the basis for the Lincoln MKX, uses a 3.5-litre V6 in the SE, SEL and Limited, and a 3.7-litre V6 in the Sport. Both engines use a six-speed transmission that includes manual shift mode in the SEL and Limited, and adds steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters in the Sport. The SE is front-wheel drive; the SEL and Limited come in front- or all-wheel drive; and the Sport is all-wheel drive only.

Features on the SE include 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, black power mirrors, black door handles, one-touch up/down windows, keyless entry, cruise control, roof rails, tilt and telescopic steering wheel with audio controls, vanity mirrors, cloth seats, split-folding rear seat, floor mats, CD/MP3 stereo, variable intermittent wipers, rear wiper, trip computer, and tire pressure monitoring system.

The SEL adds 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated body-colour mirrors, power liftgate, chrome door handles, lock keypad, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, heated seats, power-adjustable driver’s seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic headlamps, compass, illuminated vanity mirrors, reverse sensing system, and approach lighting.

The Limited adds body-colour door handles, chrome side window mouldings, leather seats with power passenger adjust and driver’s side memory, garage door opener, voice-activated radio with digital signal processor, and Ford SYNC.

The Sport adds 22-inch forged aluminum wheels, sport suspension, and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, and does not have the garage door opener or chrome window moulding.

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