We had our first look at the new 2011 Ford Edge crossover at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show back in February, but we’re learning a little more about the upgraded CUV — including some finalized fuel economy figures — as it inches closer to production.
Base 2011 Edge models make use of a 3.5-liter V-6. Yes, that does sound quite a bit like the engine used in the 2011 V-6, but this year’s engine has been significantly reworked to include twin-independent variable camshaft timing, along with a fuel cut-off feature that shuts the engine off during deceleration. Additionally, Ford’s blessed the engine with some new heads and low-friction internals, all of which help improve the engine’s efficiency on the open road.
We’ve yet to prove that for ourselves, but the EPA recently tested the 2011 Edge and returned some impressive test figures. According to the agency, a front-wheel-drive 2011 Edge V-6 is rated at 19/27/22 mpg (city/highway/combined), which places it ahead of the likes of the Toyota Venza (19/26/22), Honda Accord Crosstour (18/27/21), and the Chevrolet Equinox (17/25/20). Additionally, Ford says the reworked 3.5 throws down 285 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque, a mild improvement upon the 2010 model.
Not enough power? You may be the perfect match for the 2011 Edge Sport. Along with the spiffy cosmetic tricks, Ford has blessed the sport-tuned Edge with the 3.7-liter V-6 used in the 2011 Mustang V-6. In crossover tune, this engine still produces 305 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. We’re most interested in Ford’s claims that the new 22-inch wheels and all-season tires — standard equipment on the 2011 Edge Sport — offers grip comparable to that of a Mustang GT, but we doubt any consumers will actively flog their crossovers on an open skid-pad.
What we haven’t heard much about is a third powertrain option for the 2011 Edge. In Chicago, Ford revealed the crossover will be offered with an available turbocharged, direct injection 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4. Ford has revealed it will offer the engine in front-wheel-drive Edge models and suggested it will produce at least 230 horsepower, but we haven’t heard finalized performance data for the new forced-induction four-cylinder.
That same engine will also be launched as an option in another hallmark Ford model — the 2011 Ford Explorer — but the new Edge may beat it to market. Ford plans on revealing the 2011 Explorer to the muddled masses next week, but the new 2011 Edge should arrive in showrooms later this summer.