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New engine and more safety kit for Ford’s facelifted Edge SUV

  • 238hp 2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel engine added to the range
  • New safety kit, including Post-Collision Braking, also featured
  • On sale later in 2018 with a choice of three engines and four trim levels

Ford has freshened up its Edge SUV for 2018 with the introduction of a new flagship bi-turbo diesel engine, additional safety kit and a range of styling tweaks.

Exterior changes over the pre-update model include slimmer headlights, a new bonnet, front grille, and, perhaps most notably, the removal of the horizontal rear light bar.

2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel delivers 238hp

Making its debut on Fords sold in Europe is a 238hp EcoBlue bi-turbo diesel engine that will sit at the top of the Edge range, complementing two other lower-powered 2.0-litre diesel units. However, the existing 180hp and 210hp variants have been dropped in favour of more efficient 150hp and 190hp versions engines.

The bi-turbo setup on the 238hp engine will work by providing responsiveness and torque at low speed (using a combination of the smaller and larger turbos) and strong peak power at higher speeds (using just the larger turbo).

The 238hp engine will come as standard with Ford’s Intelligent all-wheel drive system, and a new eight-speed automatic transmission (replacing the existing six-speed auto across the range). Meanwhile, the 190hp engine will, for the first time on an Edge, be offered in front-wheel drive as well all-wheel drive form. 

More safety kit including Post-Collision Braking

As well as existing hi-tech safety features such as cross-traffic alert, blindspot monitoring and autonomous emergency braking, the 2018 Edge debuts three additional pieces of kit designed to reduce the likelihood of a collision.

  • Post-Collision Braking automatically applies the brakes once the vehicle has been in a collision, reducing the risk of further incidents occurring. For example, if the car hits a barrier on the side of the motorway, the system will prevent it from rolling back into oncoming traffic
  • Evasive Steering Assist is able to detect stopped or slower vehicles that the driver may have not spotted, and attempt to steer around them in an effort to avoid an accident
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Lane Centring Assist works to maintain a set distance from the vehicle in front, while also helping to keep the vehicle centred in its lane

Sales for the facelifted Ford Edge begin later in 2018

Coming in Trend, Titanium, ST-Line and Vignale trim, the updated Ford Edge will go on sale later in 2018 with a choice of three engines and two gearboxes. 

We'll be one of the first to drive the new bi-turbo diesel engine, so be sure to keep an eye on the Parkers full Ford Edge SUV review for our first impressions