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New engine and technology for revised Ford Edge

Date: 21 February 2018   |   Author: Sean Keywood

Ford has unveiled a facelifted version of its Edge SUV featuring a new diesel engine and updated driver assistance systems.

The new EcoBlue bi-turbo, 2.0-litre diesel engine produces 235hp, and comes with four-wheel drive and automatic transmission.

Fuel economy and emissions figures are yet to be confirmed, but Ford says the bi-turbo design delivers the performance of a larger engine more cleanly and efficiently.

The revised Edge will also be available with single-turbo 2.0-litre diesel engines producing 148hp and 187hp. Models with the former engine will be front-wheel drive with an automatic transmission, and models with the latter will be four-wheel drive with a manual transmission.

The revised Edge also gains three driver assistance technologies that are new to European Fords. The first of these, post-collision braking, helps reduce the impact of a potential secondary collision by automatically applying moderate brake pressure when an initial crash is detected, potentially lessening injury to occupants and further damage to the vehicle.

The second system, evasive steering assist, helps drivers steer around stationary or slower vehicles in order to avoid collisions at city and motorway speeds.

The third new system, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go and lane centring assist, helps the car maintain a comfortable driving distance from vehicles ahead and stay in the centre of its lane.

Other assistance systems include adaptive front lighting, blind spot information, glare-free highbeam, intelligent speed limiter, lane keeping alert, pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, traffic sign recognition, cross traffic alert, adaptive steering, active park assist with perpendicular parking, side parking aid and park out assist.

The car comes with an 8in touchscreen running Ford's Sync 3 communications and entertainment system, including compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Visual tweaks include a wider grille and redesigned bonnet. Trim options will be Trend, Titanium, ST-Line and Vignale.

The new Edge will go on sale in Europe later this year. UK prices are yet to be confirmed.