Originally published March 18, 2015
Scottsdale, AZ – Don’t let its looks fool you, this is no mere refresh. The 2015 Ford Edge is a whole new crossover, changed and improved from front camera to rear camera.
As a big seller in the five-passenger, mid-size crossover category, Ford needed to make sure the new Edge continued to give buyers what they love about the car while improving on weaknesses. For Edge Design Manager, Kevin George, this was no small feat, as he guided his team to create a new machine that is immediately recognizable as an Edge, but sufficiently contemporized in its styling.
No panels are shared with the outgoing model, and the new Edge is considerably larger than the old one. Overall length is more than 100 mm greater, yet despite the increased size, visual mass has been pulled out of the blocky side style, creating a more agile look intended to speak to the improved agility of the driving experience. And still the 2015 Edge is recognizable as the popular SUV, even from a distance.
The greater size has also enabled a 25 mm increase in rear legroom and an impressive 45 percent increase in cargo space behind the first row of seats. Together with redesigned seats and larger rear window openings, the backseat passenger experience is notably improved.
Front and rear occupants will appreciate a greatly enhanced level of quality in terms of materials used and their fitment throughout the interior. Details in the new Edge have been carefully considered to give the vehicle a significantly more upscale feel. Where painted metal surfaces along door edges, for instance, might have exposed cost-cutting measures before, now insulating trim gives a more finished appearance. Heated and cooled seats, and a heated steering wheel are now available, also.
Likewise, wherever a passenger is likely to come in contact with the car – door panels, seats, arm rests – high quality, soft touch materials are used. And little details, like fast-charging USB ports up front, have also been added to help make life easier for Edge customers.
The 2015 Edge offers buyers a choice of three engines – two of which are new to the model. While the 3.5L V6 carries over unchanged from last year, it is an option on all trim levels except the Sport. A new twin-scroll version of the turbocharged EcoBoost 2L, four-cylinder is standard fare for the base SE model, as well as mid-level SEL and luxurious Titanium trim. A 2.7 L EcoBoost originally seen in the new F-150 pickup trucks this year makes its second appearance here in the Edge Sport.