2011 FORD EDGE POWERTRAIN: MORE BITE, LESS HUNGER
The 2011 Ford Edge is a high-tech showcase – inside, outside and under the hood. Both the 3.5-liter V6 in the Edge and the 3.7-liter V6 in the Edge Sport employ advanced technology and clever control strategies to increase horsepower and torque to best-in-class levels while delivering unsurpassed fuel economy.
“Hallmarks of the Ford Edge have always been its style, technology and capability – all with a no-compromises package,” said Greg Johnson, Edge powertrain manager. “The 2011 Ford Edge adds to this two powertrain offerings that will provide more power than ever before, along with best-in-class horsepower with unsurpassed fuel economy.”
The 3.5-liter V6 is rated at an unbeatable 19 mpg city and 27 mpg highway (front-wheel drive, SEL and Limited) while the 3.7-liter V6 maintains ratings of 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway with 40 more horsepower. Each takes advantage of advanced engine valvetrain technology (twin independent variable camshaft timing, or Ti-VCT) to beat the competition.
The 3.5-liter V6 produces 285 horsepower and 253 lb.-ft. of torque, topping all standard V6 competitors, while the 3.7-liter V6 delivers best-in-class 305 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. of torque. Edge’s unsurpassed fuel economy is not at the expense of power and performance. For example, the 3.5-liter V6 delivers highway fuel economy that is 15 percent better than the Nissan Murano, while producing 20 more horsepower.
Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The SelectShift Automatic™ transmission is standard on the 2011 Edge SEL and Limited series, with paddle activation of the SelectShift standard on the 2011 Edge Sport.
Sports car-inspired paddle shifters
For 2011, the paddle shift activation for the Edge Sport is “live in drive,” which means the customer doesn’t have to shift to “M” or manual mode. Instead, while in Drive, the driver can pull the “+” paddle on the right side of the steering wheel or “-” paddle on the left side of the steering wheel to shift up or down gears.
This execution, available on the 2011 Edge Sport only, allows the driver to shift gears quickly while keeping both hands on the steering wheel. The transmission reverts to automatic mode and upshifts or downshifts as needed when driven at a steady speed.
Here’s a quick look at some of the key reasons why the 2011 Edge delivers class-leading power and fuel economy:
“The key to the performance gains and fuel economy with the 2011 Ford Edge is that we don’t look at power and fuel economy as being mutually exclusive,” said Mazen Hammoud, Edge powertrain calibrations manager. “Instead, we focus on optimizing every component, every system and every control in the powertrain for greater efficiency overall, which enables increased power, better performance and response, and helps to maintain the fuel economy found in smaller-displacement engines.”
On the horizon: EcoBoost technology
In the coming months the new 2.0-liter EcoBoost™ I-4 engine will join the Edge lineup, giving customers still more choice. Fuel economy benefits are projected to be at least 10 percent better than a comparable V6 but with class-leading power and torque for an I-4.
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About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 159,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford, Lincoln and Mercury, production of which has been announced by the company to be ending in the fourth quarter of 2010. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford’s products, please visit www.ford.com.
Aug. 16, 2010