Making its official debut at the Detroit Auto Show the 2019 Ford Edge mid-size crossover SUV gets fresh design inside and out, and updated powertrain lineup and more technology to keep it fresh in the showroom.
A staple of the Ford SUV lineup, the mid-size five-passenger Edge gets a significant freshening for 2019 staring with new styling front and rear. Immediately noticeable is a new octagonal grille now separated from the headlights visually.
The grille is wider and is now trimmed out with standard full LED headlamps. Upper models get LED fog lights and signature lighting as shown here, a design that’s topped off with a new hood design to tie it all together.
At the rear are new taillights now book end a black center trim instead of the full-width light panel as before, a cost cutting move no doubt. The fresh styling is finished off with a new rear bumper and fascia design with more sculpting at the outer corners.
The main interior change aside of finishes and minor trims is a redesigned center console now centered around a the same rotary gears shift selector dial found in the Ford Fusion. Ford says it frees up space, allows better access to storage and cup holders, but lets be honest it’s cheaper.
And when it comes to shifting the new Edge, under foot you will now have an all-new 8-speed automatic transmission which along with its standard 2.0 liter EcoBoost engine should offer better fuel economy overall. The engine has five more horsepower than before now at 250. The 2019 Ford Edge will be available in both front-wheel drive and with all-wheel-drive.
Notable in our initial materials is any mention of the previous model year’s 3.5 liter V6, which is likely going away. The good news is that you can get the fire-breathing Edge ST for 2019 with a 335 horsepower 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, now with 25 more horsepower than before.
On the matter of technology for 2019, Edge now gets post-collision braking which applies brakes after a crash to prevent you rolling into another one. Available will be a host of driver-assistance features too for those that want them.
These include evasive steering assist that can help steer around stopped or slower vehicles and help avoid collisions. This sounds scary if I’m honest. There’s also forward emergency braking along with radar based cruise control and lane keeping assist among the many things.
For infotainment, Sony goes by the wayside for top-end audio now replace by a new available HD Radio 12-speaker B&O PLAY audio infotainment system by HARMAN that includes all of the goodness with SYNC 3 and the app connectivity list that’s endless. Don’t forget, a Wi-Fi hot spot for up to 10 devices is now standard equipment.
The 2019 Ford Edge goes on sale later this summer with final specifications and pricing information to come along closer to that time.