Video: New Ford SUV has the 'Edge' on rivals
Ford Edge – Irish launch
We have always been big fans of big American-style SUVs here in Motormouth Towers.
The sheer size of the gas-guzzling Cadillacs, Chevrolets and monster-truck Fords has always struck a chord with us.
However, apart from a few imports, we are not likely to see many of them on our little Irish roads.
What you will see over the coming months, though, is a smaller version of them – in the shape of the new Ford Edge SUV.
Introduced to the Irish media this week, the new Ford Edge is set to take on the BMW X3 and Audi Q5 in the premium mid-size SUV segment.
I say premium, because the all-new Edge comes loaded with upmarket materials and technology – but at a premium price.
The new Ford Edge is available in two options in Ireland (both five-door) – Titanium and Sport.
Key features for the Edge Titanium series include 19-inch alloy wheels, front- and rear parking sensors, hands-free power tailgate and key-free system, Ford DAB navigation system, active noise cancellation, rear-view camera and illuminated scuff plates.
Upgrade to the Edge Sport model and, in addition to above features, you will get 20-inch alloy wheels, adaptive-steering system, Sony DAB navigation system with 12 speakers, front, rear and side sports body styling with dark exterior detailing and alloy pedals.
On the engine front, the new Ford Edge uses the company’s latest powertrain technologies to deliver excellent fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions.
It comes with a choice of two 2.0-litre TDCi diesel engines, the first offering 180bhp with 0-100 kph reached in 9.9 seconds and a top speed of 200 kph.
The second option is a potent 210bhp bi-turbo version that hits 100kph in 9.4 seconds and reaches a top speed of 211 kph.
The company claims both versions will deliver 5.8 l/100 km and 149 g/km CO2.
The 2.0-litre TDCi 180bhp models are equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox, while the 210bhp models come with a six-speed ‘PowerShift’ automatic option that can be operated with standard wheel-mounted paddles.
All engines feature Ford’s ‘Intelligent’ all-wheel drive system.
The system gathers data from 25 different sensors to measure how the car’s wheels are gripping and can adjust torque delivery up to 50/50 between the front and rear wheels in under 20 milliseconds.
Prices for the new Ford Edge Titanium start at €55,700 for the 2.0 Duratorq TDCi 180bhp six-speed manual gearshift, and €60,350 for the 2.0 Duratorq TDCi 210bhp automatic version.
Prices for the range-topping Edge Sport model start at €57,450 for the 2.0 Duratorq TDCi 180bhp six-speed manual gearshift, and €62,100 for the 2.0 Duratorq TDCi 210bhp automatic version.
Commenting on the new Ford Edge, Ciarán McMahon, Chairman and Managing Director, Ford Ireland said: “The all new Edge joins our Kuga and EcoSport to complete Ford’s SUV line-up in a segment which even in Ireland is seeing huge growth.
“Offering cutting-edge style with commanding presence and high specification, including Ford ‘Intelligent’ all-wheel drive, the Edge will tick all the boxes for Ireland’s growing number of SUV owners.”
We did get a quick spin in the new Ford Edge both on and off-road and we were very impressed with its capabilities.
We will, though, bring you the full review when we get behind the wheel for a week-long test drive over the coming weeks.