The current generation of the Ford Edge has been around since 2014 meaning the model will go for quite some more years before it gets a new generation. Before that, the model is set to undergo a mid-cycle refresh to keep it fresh as this segment is very competitive. Most of the changes on the 2019 Ford Edge are visual with the only major mechanical change being the introduction of a 9-speed automatic transmission that replaces the current 6-speed automatic unit. The model will still ride on the CD4 architecture which it, by the way, shares with the Lincoln MKX; its profile will remain almost identical to the outgoing version.
2019 Ford Edge Exterior
Being a mid-cycle refresh, the Edge will keep most of its basic features. We have captured mules of the 2019 Ford Edge on the streets undergoing test runs although under camouflage meaning the model will get several exterior changes. The camouflage was particularly heavy at the front and rear. According to rumors, the model will feature new headlights and taillights as well as new front and rear bumpers. There will also be several other exterior changes with the aim of making the Edge look sharper.
The front grille will also be redesigned while the shape of the front air intakes will be altered. At the rear, we detected what looks like wraparound taillights under the camouflage. There are definitely several other minor changes which we could not, however, detect due to the heavy camouflage. We will tell more about these changes when the 2019 Ford Edge debuts at the forthcoming Detroit Auto Show.
The interior layout and most interior features will remain unchanged. The Edge will, however, receive new technologies as well as safety features. In addition, I expect Ford to make more features standard even for the base models. In addition, the base trims may get a larger infotainment screen. The layout will not be altered; as it is, the Ford Edge offers ample space even for rear passengers as well as plenty of cargo space (39.2 cubic feet when rear seats are in use and 73.4 cubic feet when they are lowered).
Engine and performance
According to our sources, the lineup of engines will remain unchanged for the 2019 Ford Edge. The base engine will remain the 2.0 L, 4-cylinder EcoBoost which is rated at 245 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. The mid powerful engine remains the 3.5 L, Duratec V-6 that pumps out 280 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. Most power for the Ford Edge comes from a twin-turbocharged 2.7 L, V-6 that produces 315 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. All engines get a new 9-speed automatic gearbox in place of the 6-speed automatic system on current models. In other markets, the Edge is also sold with a 2.0 L, Duratorq mill that has two states of tune, with 180 hp for the less powerful configuration and 210 hp for the more powerful tune. The output figures above are for the outgoing models with the 6-speed transmission; therefore, the new transmission may improve output as well as fuel economy slightly.
Price and release date
Ford may disclose pricing details of the 2019 Ford Edge mid next month during the Detroit Auto Show that starts on January 13. I don’t expect a significant variance from the current models prices. The current model’s price starts at $29,220 with fully equipped top trims fetching over $40,000. I expect the 2019 Ford Edge to hit Ford dealer showrooms shortly after the public showcase.
In this segment, Ford faces stiff competition from models such as the Mazda CX-9, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Honda Pilot among others.