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Redesigned Ford Edge gets two-wheel drive

Ford has given the Edge SUV an overhaul for Europe, with refreshed styling and a new line-up of diesel engines including the first with front-wheel drive.

Ford Edge ST-Line (2018)

Ford Edge ST-Line (2018)

Revealed in ST-Line spec, the large SUV goes on sale later this year with a choice of four trim levels and three versions of Ford’s new 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine, which features selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology to curb NOx emissions.

This replaces the entire engine line-up, introducing a 148bhp version with front-wheel drive, and 188bhp or 235bhp units with four-wheel drive. All feature an automatic transmission, with six ratios on the 188bhp engine, and the new eight-speed auto on the other two, featuring a rotary gear selector and software which can anticipate gradients, bends and smooth shifts to suit.

The trim line-up has also been expanded, with a new entry-level Trend model alongside the Titanium, ST-Line and Vignale versions. It also gains assistance technologies including post-collision braking, evasive steering to avoid accidents, and adaptive cruise control with full traffic jam support and lane centring.

Styling upgades include a larger, trim-specific grille and standard-fit LED headlights and tail lights, with a redesigned interior including a new centre console and digital instrument cluster. Fuel economy and pricing details will be announced later this year.

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Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.