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Ford Edge facelift introduces more safety tech


Ford has enhanced the comfort and performance of its Edge SUV, with the launch of a new facelifted model.

It also comes with a suite of driver assistance systems and a revised line-up offering Titanium, ST-Line and Vignale trim variants.

A new bi-turbo diesel engine with 238PS is added to the range, with CO2 emissions of 175g/km and average fuel economy of 41mpg.

The more frugal 150PS diesel also remains available, with CO2 emissions of 153g/km.

All-wheel-drive versions feature an enhanced system that enable the rear wheels to be disconnected from the driveline when not required, to improve efficiency.

Ford’s Co-Pilot360 technologies include adaptive cruise control with stop and go, lane centring and a new system called Evasive Steering Assist.

At city and motorway speeds, the new technology uses radar and a camera to detect slower-moving and stationary vehicles ahead and provides steering support to enable drivers to manoeuvre around a vehicle if a collision is imminent.

FordPass Connect provides a mobile WiFi hotspot with connectivity for up to 10 devices. In addition to enabling occupants to receive Live Traffic updates and stream entertainment on the move, FordPass Connect allows a range of convenience features via the FordPass mobile app.

Ford’s SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system – compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – enables drivers to control connected smartphones, audio, navigation and climate using voice commands and an eight-inch colour touchscreen.

The new Edge also offers a new configurable digital instrument cluster with animated analogue-style instrumentation that allows drivers to personalise the layout of the speedometer, rev-counter and vehicle information displays to suit their own preferences – and adjust between one of seven colours – while maintaining a simple, elegant appearance. Further available comfort and convenience technologies include a full-length panorama roof, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel.

An electronic parking brake button in place of a conventional parking brake lever also helps maximise space and houses adjustable cup holders and a deep storage box with enough space for books, toys and tablets. An even larger swing-bin glovebox sits under the dashboard, and further stowage is available in the instrument panel top.

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