Ford Territory Replacement: Ford Edge Review 2016
Ford has finally revealed the successor of the Territory after the company shuts down its Australian marketing operations this year. The next-generation Ford Edge is expected to replace the Territory, but the car maker declined to give more details about the latter’s future. This SUV would become a contender into the Australian Ford SUV range, just below the Everest and above the Kuga.
The Edge’s two-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine will be made available in two states of tune. However, Ford Australia is set to only offer the more powerful between the two. It produces 154kW of power and 450Nm of torque, and is paired with a six-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. The car maker has projected an average of 159 grams of CO2 emitted per kilometre for the diesel engine. This translates to combined cycle fuel use of around six litres per 100 kilometres.
The less powerful diesel engine, meanwhile, only produces 132kW and 400Nm. It will only come with a six-speed manual transmission, which will unlikely be offered locally. Ford said the line-up will include the EcoBoost version and will feature a stop-start technology. Its fuel-economy feature will be assisted by active grille shutters that work to optimise both the engines running temperature as well as aerodynamics. This will result in reduced drag at higher speeds.
The Ford Edge’s cabin will focus on providing the driver and passengers a premium feel. Its interior will feature a 10-inch touchscreen display, a leather-coated steering wheel, chrome accents, and hand stitching on the instrument panel. The lower front will also include air ducting and curtains to distribute air from the nose to the wheel wells and the flanks. There is ample space for both the passengers and cargo. It lets you multi-task and enjoy a work-life balance. The EasyFold technology on the second row seat allows for additional cargo space with just a touch of the button.
In addition, the next-generation Edge is seen to become Blue Oval’s most-advanced Sports Utility Vehicle. This model will feature the car maker’s adaptive steering system that changes the steering ratio with speed. It will optimize the vehicle’s response in all driving conditions. Other advanced features include the active noise cancellation that places microphones in the cabin and allows them to produce opposing sound waves through the audio system. This technology will reduce both the ambient and engine noises for a smoother travel experience.
Ford also confirmed other advanced safety technologies, such as the 180-degree camera system on the front to improve road visibility, adaptive cruise control with forward alert and collission mitigation, the new active park assist with cross traffic and perpendicular parking alert, blind spot information, traffic sign recognition, emergency auto braking, and inflatable rear seatbelts. The Edge will also have Ford’s new Sync 2 voice control system and connectivity, hands-free tailgate, and cooled and heated seats.
The car manufacturer may later add a hybrid drivetrain and more advanced features like the self-parking system that parallel parks itself and lets the driver operate it remotely. This technology was featured in Los Angeles, along with adaptive steering technology, collission avoidance systems, and the LED headlights.
Ford launched the concept version of the new Edge at the Los Angeles motor show in 2013. The production model showed offers a more traditional interior. The most basic version, the Ford Edge SE, is priced around A$37,000.00. The more expensive versions range between A$41,000 to 50,000. With its sleek roof, dominant profile, and aerodynamic body, the Edge can meet your demand for speed and mileage. According to the press release, the 2016 Ford Edge will be made available in more than 100 markets across the globe, which includes the Asia-Pacific region.
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