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.

Australia

Ford Australia wouldn't confirm if the European updates for the Edge preview what to expect from the Endura range when it arrives Down Under in the fourth quarter.

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.