Gaudin Ford takes orders for the new Edge model

An all-new 2015 Ford Edge model arrives in North America early next year as a showcase of smart technology from Ford.

The new Edge has been transformed from wheels to roof. Based on Ford’s successful global midsize vehicle architecture, which also underpins the Ford Fusion sedan in the North America market, Edge has been reshaped to be more visually athletic, retooled to meet higher quality expectations around the world and re-engineered with more advanced technologies to make driving more rewarding.

“Great product development is driven by innovation,” said Mark Fields, Ford Motor Co.’s incoming president and CEO. “At Ford, our job is to understand how global consumers are changing, anticipate their needs, and ultimately deliver the great products they want. This new Edge is an excellent example of Ford at its best.”

Edge, launched in 2006 in North America, delivered better on-road comfort, fuel efficiency and overall driving dynamics than traditional, truck-based sport utility vehicles. Strong sales ensued; the crossover is consistently the top-selling vehicle in its segment, posting near record sales in 2013.

Edge helped make Ford the top-selling utility vehicle brand in North America for a third consecutive year in 2013. The new Edge will be available for the first time with front-camera technology to help drivers see better in certain instances, an enhanced active park assist system to enable perpendicular and parallel parking in tight quarters, and an advanced adaptive steering system to make Edge easier to maneuver. A premium-level Titanium series will also be available.

Edge will come standard with a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, tuned to deliver a balance of fuel economy and performance. A normally aspirated, 3.5-liter V-6 engine will also be available. A unique Sport model will feature Ford’s most advanced EcoBoost yet — a 2.7-liter V-6, along with standard 21-inch wheels.

Smart technology is available on Edge to boost efficiency. Auto Start-Stop can improve fuel economy by turning off the engine when it is not needed, such as when the vehicle is stopped at a traffic light. Edge also features smart air inlets at the front that can direct air along the vehicle sides, creating an “air curtain,” to enable greater aerodynamic efficiency at high speeds.

Other technology features include Ford’s hands-free liftgate, SYNC with MyFord Touch, adaptive cruise control and inflatable rear safety belts. A heated steering wheel and heated and cooled front seats will also be available.

To make room for the new model, Gaudin Ford will offer employee pricing on all remaining 2013 and 2014 models. Gaudin Ford is at 6625 Roy Horn Way off the 215 Beltway and Rainbow Boulevard. It can be reached at 888-301-4776.