Australian potential unclear for new EcoBlue engine
The facelifted Ford Edge has been detailed for the European market, headlined by a new 2.0-litre 'EcoBlue' bi-turbo diesel engine which could hint at what's to come for the Australian Endura.
Updates for Europe include a fresh look already seen on the '2019' US-market version, and a revised version of the sporty ST-Line variant offering the same good looks as the American model... without the performance to back them up.
Like the American model, the facelifted European car gains a host of new driver assistance technologies including post-collision braking, evasive steering assist, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, and lane-keeping assist.
The ST-Line gets unique appointments like body-coloured elements on the lower doors and side mouldings, black front grille, 20-inch alloy wheels (21-inch optional), dual exhaust outlets with chrome tips, perforated leather/Dinamica microfibre seats with 10-way power front adjustment, a perforated leather steering wheel with red stitching, along with aluminium sports pedals and a black headliner.
Other highlights include sports suspension, adaptive steering, and steering-mounted paddles for the eight-speed automatic transmission.
Under the bonnet is a new 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel from the company's new EcoBlue oiler range, offered in three tunes – headined by a high-output 238PS (175kW) version.
Torque and performance figures aren't quoted, though it's a decent improvement, in power at least, over the outgoing model's 154kW/450Nm bi-turbo diesel flagship. We'd think the more powerful engine will also improve the 9.4-second 0-100km/h claim of the current Edge.
It's unclear at this stage whether the updated diesel is related to the 157kW unit in the new Ranger Raptor – there's no 10-speed automatic with the revised SUV range.
However, we'd expect the more powerful diesel engine and ST-Line grade will attempt to satisfy prospective buyers bummed when the ST was ruled out for right-hand drive markets. Stay tuned for more updates in the coming months.
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