For the first time, the Ford Edge crossover utility vehicle is joining the automaker’s European lineup for 2016, slotting above the Kuga and EcoSport CUVs. Pricing has just been announced for the UK market, where customers can expect to pay upwards of £29,995 (about $43,850 US) for a 2016 Ford Edge.
That price is for the base “Zetec” trim level; for the Titanium model with an automatic transmission, the price jumps to £34,495 (approx. $50,430), and for an automatic Sport model, UK customers will face a £36,745 (approx. $53,720) sticker. All of these amounts are considerably higher than US sticker prices.
The UK-spec 2016 Ford Edge is being offered with a choice of two 2.0-liter diesel powerplants: a 177 horsepower unit, or a 207 horsepower one. The latter is only available with the Titanium trim level or higher, exclusively with an automatic transmission. Ford has said in a statement that both mills aim for an average fuel economy of about 48.7 mpg. In addition, irrespective of powerplant or trim level, the 2016 Ford Edge comes equipped with an “intelligent” all-wheel drive system that can send 100 percent of the engine’s torque to either the front or rear axle, as needed.
Consequently, drivers will find that much of the time, the Ford Edge is in two-wheel drive mode. This helps to conserve fuel whenever AWD is not required.
Said Ford UK Chairman and Managing Director Andy Barratt: “The introduction of the stylish Ford Edge SUV is another incredibly exciting moment for Ford and its dealers… It will deliver more room for passengers than large competitor SUVs that cost considerably more.
“The styling and suite of comfort, convenience and safety technologies in Edge rival the premium offerings available in the UK.”