IN automotive terms, SUV is the new black.
SUVs are increasingly the weapon of choice for business and retail buyers over traditional saloons, hatchbacks or people carriers.
So what do you need to stand out from the crowd?
Something a little sportier, smarter, more punchy?
Ford is giving it a go by adding a new powerful and fuel-efficient bi-turbo variant of its 2.0litre EcoBlue diesel engine to its new Edge SUV line-up.
The new Ford Edge SUV also offers a comprehensive range of camera- and sensor-based driver assistance technologies designed to help avoid or mitigate the effects of collisions.
These include the European debuts of PostCollision Braking, Evasive Steering Assist, and Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Lane Centring Assist.
Unveiled in sporty ST-Line specification, the new Edge makes a statement with enhanced front and rear styling, a wide mesh grille, colour-coded body including deep side skirts, and standard 20inch aluminium wheels.
The new bi-turbo diesel engine delivers the power, torque and driving performance of a larger capacity engine alongside the optimised fuel-efficiency and low CO2 emissions synonymous with a smaller engine capacity.
And as such, much better for your company car tax bill.
Two turbos = better response
The new Edge’s 238 PS 2.0-litre EcoBlue bi-turbo engine is combined with Ford Intelligent All Wheel Drive. A small, high pressure turbo and larger, low pressure turbo work in series at low rpm for greater responsiveness and enhanced torque.
At higher engine speeds, the larger turbo works alone to produce the boost required to deliver peak power.
The 2.0-litre EcoBlue engine also is offered as a 190PS version combined with manual six-speed manual gearbox and Intelligent All Wheel Drive.
And a 150PS version combined with Ford’s new eight-speed quick shift automatic gearbox and front-wheel drive
An available wireless charging pad in the new Edge forward media bin now enables cable-free charging of compatible devices, and Ford’s SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system – compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto at no cost– enables drivers to control connected smartphones, audio, navigation and climate using voice commands and an 8-inch colour touchscreen.
The all-new Edge will be offered to customers in Europe in upscale Vignale, stylish Titanium and generously-equipped Trend models, in addition to the sporty ST-Line.