The current generation of the Edge has been released a little over a year ago and as a result, we do not expect the 2017 Ford Edge to receive any major upgrades. While this may not be the fastest car in its class, it is one of the roomiest, the most fun to drive as well as one of the better-equipped offerings. With its more than decent offering it managed to attract buyers and secure good position in the segment.
In order to improve it even further, the upcoming 2017 Ford Edge is expected to offer even more features than the ongoing model, all while being able to retain a similar price tag. The new car should feature a few updates on the outside, an improved interior and some changes under the hood. We are sure that there will be no significant upgrades and that the improvements will be mostly related to the standard and optional features.
However, don’t expect this new model to be an entirely new car. In fact, it will be nothing more than just a small upgrade that will look to add a bit more functionality to the car. The price should still start under $30,000, or $28,700 to be more precise, for both the European and the US version of the car while the top end model could hit roughly $50,000 depending on the optional equipment you add which is nearly a $5,000 increase. This is mostly due to the new engine that is expected to debut on this version. The release date hasn’t been confirmed, but it should come in early 2016, most likely few months or so after the Detroit Auto Show.
Let’s start our preview of the upcoming 2017 Ford Edge with the exterior of the car. This is likely going to be nearly identical to the ongoing model for the regular versions. One of the biggest differences represents the wider color palate from which buyers can choose which is a nice addition. However, the new engine option will also add a few unique changes on the outside such as a more aerodynamic grille, a new air dam for the front bumper, skinnier wheels and tires as well as more aerodynamic mirrors. These will be needed because the new engine of the Edge will very likely be a hybrid. Reports suggest that it will be the only engine available for both the US and Europe, and it will be slotted higher than even the 2.7 liter V6.
This means that under the hood of the new Edge, there are now going to be five different engine options, three for the US, one for Europe and one for both markets. The US will get as the base engine a 2 liter turbocharged inline-four petrol engine good for up to 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. Further up the range, a 3.5 liter naturally aspirated V6 is also going to be available, an engine which will make 280 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque. Both of these will be priced quite close to each other, and both of them will offer similar levels of performance. Europe will get a 2 liter turbocharged diesel offering 180 or 210 horsepower and between 295 and 332 lb-ft of torque. A manual will only be available on the less powerful diesel while all the other markets will receive a six-speed automatic.
The 2.7 liter twin-turbocharged V6 will continue unchanged with its 310 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque, enough to be one of the most powerful engines in its class. The hybrid, on the other hand, is still under wraps, but some rumors suggest that it will use a similar setup to that found in the Fusion with the big difference being that instead of a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter engine, the Edge will get a small turbocharged mill for added power and torque. Total power output should be between 220 and 250 hp making it a decent competitor to the base 2.0 liter turbocharged engine.
2017 Ford Edge Sport
Inside the cabin, the 2017 Ford Edge is expected to retain the same layout as the ongoing model with the only real differences being an updated infotainment system which will now support phone connectivity as well as better seats on the top end Sport and Titanium models which will benefit from greater lateral support with adaptive side bolsters. Center console offers a large display that shows information’s about vehicle and ride, and depending on the trim level; it can also provide navigation. Behind the steering wheel, we have centrally positioned speed gauge and two smaller displays on each side of this gauge, which will show additional details about the vehicle.