Crossover segment is getting all the limelight and attention in-car industry these days and big players including Ford also want to be part of the game. The Edge is one of the popular models of the carmaker that has been in the sector for 10 years or so. Ford Edge can be classified as a crossover sport utility vehicle with medium size. Over the years, the model has got a number of revamp and upgrades, as expected. The 2017 Ford Edge has also got several enhancements which will help it to stave off intense competition in this segment.
2017 Ford Edge – Body Styles Changes and other Options
As per the updates, the 2017 Ford Edge will be released in 4 trims, namely- SE, SEL, Titanium and Sport. The first generation model was a 7 seater but the 2017 refresh may eventually be a 5 seater one. The design is quite enticing at the exterior. There is the familiar Firefox front grill and the LED sidelights do give the car an edgy look! The front side looks somewhat like other popular Ford models like Explorer. Both the front and rear bumpers have also received changes in design. The model is still based on Ford’s tried and tested CD4 platform. It has a longer wheelbase.
The interior of 2017 Ford Edge is quite spacious. As it is, 5 adult passengers will get plenty of head and leg room inside the cabin. There are plenty of technology and entertainment options in the interiors of the car. The tailgate can be handled hands free. There is top-notch vehicle parking assist function. The cabin is fortified with noise cancellation system for a better ride experience. Of course, the tech feature availability will vary across the trims. The seats of 2017 Edge are quite comfortable in all the variants. There is also a steatite TV stereo inbuilt.Ford has not cut corners in spec and entertainment for the upcoming Edge crossover, given the steep competition around! The Base SE Trim is likely to come with features like rearview camera, cruise control, 60/40-split folding rear seats, automatic headlights, and Bluetooth connectivity. The 2017 Ford Edge SEL may get eight-way power adjustable driver seat, satellite radio, auto-dimming rearview camera, keyless entry and leather wrapped steering wheel. For the SEL, the buyers can opt for a number of packages. Examples include Equipment Group 201A which includes MyFord infotainment system, 8” touchscreen display and premium audio system.The Ford Edge Titanium 2017 gets 19” wheels, LED tail lights, heated front seats and upgraded interior trim on top of everything offered with other models. Even the SE buyers can opt for rear DVD entertainment system, inflatable seatbelts and panoramic sunroof. The Sport model gets lane departure warning system, adaptive cruise control, ventilated front seats and automatic braking system.
2017 Ford Edge – Powerful Engine and Performance
The 2017 Ford Edge crossover will have a powerful V6 Duramax 3.5 liters engine which produces 280 hp. There will be another option which will have a 2.7 liters engine with 320 hp. The base engine will still have the EcoBoost engine which generates 245 hp. These engines will be coupled with a six-paced auto-manual gearbox. There will be both FWD and AWD options and mileage is moderate across all models. The Sport variant will be equipped with an EcoBoost mill which will give it edge on highway driving.
2017 Ford Edge – Pricing and Availability
The upcoming Ford Edge 2017 will be sold in many markets including North America, Europe and other countries. It will start selling in the last quarter of 2016, as it looks from the trends and reports. The base SE Trim will be sold for approx $28,000 while the top-notch and feature laden Sport trim will have a price tag of $38000 approx. Ford will not want to raise price of the crossover high for obvious reasons. The 2017 Ford Edge, despite all its enhancements will have to face fierce competition from a number of category rivals some of whom are already popular and sell in good numbers. The prime contenders include Kia Sorento, VW Touareg and the revamped Nissan Murano. The rivals also sport enhanced engine prowess, stylish exterior and top-notch technology in safety and entertainment inside. Apart from the VW rival, the two others offer similar pricing as well. Overall, the 2017 Ford Edge packs in enough punch for a crossover SUV. The engine choices and spacious interior earn it some brownie points. It has been in this sector for quite a long time and has coped with competition quite well over the years. The 2017 Ford Edge delivers enough performance for the price tag it carries, for all trims. However, it loses out a bit to the German rivals when it comes to quality of finish in interior and top-notch safety features. Safety features are abundant in Sport and Titanium trims, not so for the other two variants.