Words: Kevin C. Limjoco – Photos: Isabel N. Delos Reyes
There was a lot more universal hype for the all-new 2nd generation Ford Edge because of the corporate strategy to sell the successful model in more markets around the world. With all-new sheet metal that now has more angular design elements to better represent the model name, the new Edge uses the slightly larger (by roughly an inch) but more scalable Ford CD4 platform first used in the Fusion instead of the old CD3 system shared with the Mazda CX-9. The 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine (only the displacement and bore carried over) has also been heavily revised, which now uses a twin-scroll turbo for a broader powerband and weighs less. Technically, the quieter, new 2.0-liter engine cylinder heads feature larger exhaust valves and incorporate the exhaust manifold, linking the two center cylinders and the two outer ones; it’s divided so that the inner cylinders feed one scroll while the outers feed the other.
Our White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat test unit was heavily loaded with optional equipment (like the 180-degree front camera and panoramic roof); however, it only used a pure front-wheel drive for optimal fuel economy. I was hoping to get the opportunity to also review the powerful 335 bhp / 380 lb-ft V6 EcoBoost 2.7-liter twin-turbo Sport model alongside for comparison, I will surely test the Sport on our next test cycle in North America. The new Sport promises to liberate sales away from both European and Japanese competition because of its deep dynamic abilities.
The Edge’s suspension has also been changed using aluminum lower control arms, the front strut has been recalibrated and reset while the more vital change occurs at the rear, switching out the previous model’s trailing-arm control-blade setup to a fully independent multi-link system that promises to enhance ride, reduce body roll and increase handling limits to as much as 20%. Proportionally, the new Edge is longer by 3.9 inches and is taller by 1.6 inches but is slightly narrower by a hair. Despite the increased equipment, size, and metal (more liberal use of high-strength steel), the new Edge is on average 50 pounds lighter than before.
Our test unit showcased the new Sync 3 infotainment system which definitely had more heightened response. The interiors, ours had the lovely Cognac Perforated leather, certainly look more upscale, featuring better materials that include genuine aluminum trim while the seats got even more comfortable, which help compensate for the 19-inch alloys (shod with 245/55R19 A/S tires). I used to relegate the Edge to be a clever crossover model distraction that bridges the gap between an Escape and Explorer, but it is more than that now; it can stand on its own merits. Sure, even with the massaged new engine and slight weight loss, the entry-level Edge is not going to raise your adrenaline, but it does have very strong mid-range punch where you need it on daily usage. The fuel economy is pretty good for a vehicle of this size. So, if the Edge were to be offered soon in our region, I reckon it will be successful. The agile Edge has the space and comfort of the Explorer (for 5 people); in fact, it has more interior volume and trunk space, and it is taller and more substantial compared to the Escape.
Specification – 2016 Ford Edge Titanium
Engine: Inline-4, 1999 cc, dohc 16V, Direct Injection Intercooled Turbo, VVT, Selectshift 6-Speed AT
Max power: 245 bhp @ 5500 rpm
Max torque: 275 lb ft @ 1750-3000 rpm
0-100 km/h (0-62mph): 8.3 sec.
Top Speed: 210 km/h (130 mph) Governed
Fuel Mileage: 20 mpg City / 30 mpg Highway
Price as tested: US$ 42,735.00
C! RATING 9.7/10
+Actually more fuel efficient than an Escape with more capacity and features
-Front wheel drive only test unit, the 315 bhp 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 Sport is the one to have!