Rumors of massive job cuts and plant closures, and news that long-standing favorites such as the Explorer are rusting on lots across America isn't keeping Ford from pressing ahead with future vehicles.
That may be a very good thing for Ford, if their future cars are like the 2007 Ford Edge crossover, stylish and powerful crossover vehicle introduced at the 2006 Detroit Auto Show. From the show floor, an early look at the vehicle confirms that, along with a new powertrain, the style should intrigue car buyers into a closer look. And with more power – 250 horsepower, 240 lb. ft of torque -- from a new, 3.5-liter V-6 engine, and a new six-speed automatic transmission, the Edge is poised to become a serious player in the hotly contested crossover market. According to Ford, the six-speed transmission will reduce fuel consumption by 7 percent. Inside, the Edge looks comfortable, and there’s plenty of legroom in back. Plastics look low gloss, and fit and finish appears to be impeccable – though more on these details will be known when an actual production model is reviewed. Car shoppers will be impressed with the amount of cargo room, as well as the command seating up front – no one will feel too small while driving the Edge. Other features include all-wheel-drive, and four-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes. Side curtain airbags are available as an option. The design of the Edge, meanwhile is not very edgy, but stylish enough to play in Peoria as well as southern California.
Due to go on sale at the end of 2006, the Edge has a sporty style that brings forward design cues from the new Ford Fusion, such as the solid three-bar grille and headlights. The grille gives the Ford Edge a more assertive look up front, while the rest of the vehicle offers a smooth, contemporary style. Over-sized fog lights give the Ford Edge a sporty look, and large wheels – which probably won't make it to the production Edge -- also add to its performance style. The Edge will share a platform with the Aviator, Fusion, Mercury Milan and Lincoln Zephyr. According to Ford, one of the things that car buyers will find especially nice about the Edge is the quietness of he interior, thanks to specially designed rear-view mirrors, and other refinements. The ride should also be smooth and quiet, as the Edge sits atop an independent suspension.
No word on whether U2's famed guitarist will be involved in an ad campaign to promote the new vehicle.