Darting into its first generation, nothing in the Ford stable looked remotely similar giving the vehicle a stand out presence as soon as the gate opened.
With its visually stimulating presence, the Edge came in four trim levels all with various options and engines. SE models served as the base model with 17-inch rims on each corner, fabric seats, CD player and manual seats. SEL trims include all of that and power seats, multi-disc stereo system, multi-function steering wheel wrapped in leather and 18-inch alloys.
Leather seats were part of the Limited package along with powered front seats, rear flat-fold seats, climate control, SYNC in-car technology from media player to the car stereo and 18-inch chrome covered alloy rims. Introduced in 2008, previously this trim was called SEL Plus and up until 2009 was the top trim.
Sport models took the helm from 2009 onwards with leather seats, high-end sound system with SYNC functionality, large chrome exhaust tip, 20-inch rims with optional 22-inches instead. All of this features on top of options Limited models have.
Two power units are available during this period: One V6 and one inline four-cylinder EcoBoost. During the first years, the V6 had a displacement of 3.5 before that was increased to 3.7-litres. Four cylinders had a movement of 2-litres and were introduced in 2011. These power units were strictly mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox.
Power is either sent to the front wheels or all four of them.
Safety features include dual front airbags, ABS, Traction Control, Electronic Stability Control and tire pressure monitoring system.
Besides the new engines in 2011, the vehicle also received a face left compliments of a new grille mounted upfront and headlights. Inside, certain buttons were replaced by touch sensitive surfaces.
All trim levels receive new features. SE models have a 4.2-inch colour display mounted in the dashboard, SEL obtained that as well as rear parking sensors and cruise control. On top of that, Limited models have an 8-inch colour display in the centre console, USB inputs, 20-inch rims, HID headlights, Blind Spot Detection Mirrors and adaptive cruise control.
Sport models benefitted from a handful of those upgrades including the screens, but they also received black highlights for the rims, Charcoal leather-trimmed seats and smaller dual exhaust tips.
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