Ford Edge

Do not be shocked if you have not heard of the Ford Edge. It is a fairly new mid-size crossover Sport Utility Vehicle under the Ford marquee. The Edge is based on the Ford CD3 platform, which was originally launched on the Mazda 6 Sedan. This platform can also be seen in use on the Lincoln MKX, the Mazda CX-9 crossovers, the Ford Fusion, the Mercury Milan and the Lincoln MKZ sedans. It was created as a replacement for the D3-based Freestyle as Ford's mid-size crossover SUV as the two models are very similar in price. In January of 2006 at the North American International Auto the Edge made its public debut. Production started shortly thereafter in the fall of 2006 as a 2007 model, and amazingly the first ones reached dealerships just before Christmas of 2006. It is amazing that the models made it to the showrooms in time given a brief delay in production due to issues with the supplier. The Edge, known internally as U387, is built at Ford's Oakville Assembly Complex in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. Given that the Edge is a crossover vehicle, it bridges the gap between minivans like the now discontinued Freestar, and truck-based sport utility vehicles like the Explorer. The Edge slots nicely between the Escape and the Taurus X in Ford's crossover SUV lineup. The Ford Edge is expected to see competition from models such as the Chevrolet Equinox and the Hyundai Santa Fe. Although North America is the primary market for the vehicle, Ford also intends to market the Edge in 40 additional countries, including Saudi Arabia, Jordan, which is a wise move given that Ford has recently been seeing relatively little success in the North American market. Further, the Edge is among the first vehicle to use Ford's new 3.5 L Duratec 35 V6 engine. This new engine produces 265 hp and is mated to the new 6F six-speed automatic transmission, which was co-developed with General Motors. Very excitingly, a hybrid version is expected for the 2010 model year.