The new Edge SUV is looking to steal sales from BMW and Audi, but has it got enough of an edge to make that happen? What if it offered more space, more equipment and better refinement, all for a sensible price? Most customers are expected to go for Sport trim though, with the more powerful engine we’re testing here. What's it like?The Edge is a decent plodder for daily use, but even in this most powerful form it’s not quick. What’s probably more pertinent to most prospective buyers is how much space the Edge offers; more than its rivals is the answer. The Edge uses the same basic interior layout as an S-Max, so it’s easy to use with loads of useful storage.
Should I buy one?If we said the Edge is a barnstorming five-star car, would you rush to your nearest Ford dealer to order one? However, I might have been tempted to pay for ?36,750 for it new if it had the, a) the VinegarGelato badge, b) tasteful pincushion leather seats, and c) a 3 x 5 area of the dealership reserved for posh people - heaven forbid any riffraff enter my 3 x 5 area and drink my coffee. Sometimes I'm not sure if Autocar is a motoring or a marketing magazine there's more talk about brand image rather than a car's merits. I remember a fair few years ago when me and my family were in Boston to see relatives and we had an original Ford Edge as a hire are. We had a 2007 model in 'Limited' trim which was nice but, it had a 3.5 V6 with about 270bhp and it was surprisingly fast. Compared to one of Europe's most popular SUV's, a XC60 R-Design Nav D4 AWD Automatic would cost ?36,975.
I just don't get it - I'd take a car "sat on tiny alloys" overs something on blingy, 19" or 20" rims any day - better for secondary ride comfort due to the higher sidewalls, better for primary ride comfort due to the lower unsprung mass, better roadholding on typically bumpy UK roads for the same reason, and cheaper tyres when you come to replace them. That the Ford comes with 20" wheels for the price of an Audi on 16" wheels for me is a good reason to buy the Audi. Now if only Audi could use the Ford's suspension settings to take some advantage from those smaller wheels.
A selection of well-known design schools from around the world that offer Courses in Transportation Design. Future 3D modeling and sculpting software could offer designers an immersive experience thanks to the new VR headsets and haptic devices. In this first part of video tutorials, senior instructor Phil Cook explains how to set up the main construction curves and basic slab surfaces and a number of  tested strategies for making the corner blends.
An official Copic Markers tutorial by automotive designer and instructor Michele Leonello, who shows his workflow for creating a side view sketch render of a Porsche 911. In this video Arvind Ramkrishna from Driven To Draw shows his process for creating a thumbnail sketch of the classic Ferrari 330 P4 racing car. The reborn British marque, Bristol, has revealed the first images of the Bullet, a retro inspired speedster made in carbon fiber, set to debut at the Salon Prive event in September. Daimler Group has presented and tested a working prototype of a city bus featuring a progressive interior and exterior design and the CityPilot self-driving system. MG Motor UK has announced a further expansion of the team at its design center based at Longbridge, Birmingham. Motivated to pass down what he's learned to the future generation of designers, Dieter Rams granted filmmaker Gary Hustwit unprecedented access to him and his archives for two weeks. Video from the lecture "Designer career, do you have a vision?" held by Luciano Bove on July 2nd, 2016 atMAMI University Moscow for the 2016 Degree Show. An exclusive, official video showing the debut of the Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100 Concept Car, and featuring comments by Rolls-Royce Director of Design Giles Taylor.
The V12-powered hypercar, codenamed AM-RB 001, is a mid-engined two-seater that will be available in road and track-only versions. Software company Allegorithmic is hosting a vehicle design competition asking participants to create a futuristic vehicle for the year 2116.
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The Ford Edge crossover continues to energize the Ford brand in the hottest vehicle segment in the United States. The Edge delivers spirited performance, fuel efficiency and a smooth, quiet ride from its class-exclusive 265-horsepower V-6 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission. Edge offers even more choices for 2008 with the addition of the Limited Series, a new Interior Appearance Package that includes leather-trimmed seats with premium red seating surfaces and contrast stitching, a new 18-inch wheel option and new class-exclusive 20-inch wheels. For added convenience, Edge now comes with a one-touch up-and-down driver window and an available Homelink universal garage door opener. Additional available infotainment features include factory-installed SIRIUSA® Satellite Radio and a DVD entertainment system with a drop-down 8-inch screen and two pairs of wireless headphones. Edge customers will find peace of mind in Forda€™s comprehensive approach to safety, including standard active safety technology and comprehensive passive safety features. Forda€™s AdvanceTracA® with RSCA®, standard on Edge, is the industrya€™s only electronic stability control system that uses two gyroscopic sensors to monitor both yaw and roll motions. Edge offers several layers of side-impact protection, including solid unibody construction with cross-member ladder frame, a reinforced greenhouse and energy-absorbing side door trim. The four-link independent rear suspension uses stamped steel control blades for precise suspension tuning. Edgea€™s 3.5-liter V-6 engine features a strong, lightweight, die-cast aluminum block and lightweight 4-valve-per-cylinder heads for smooth operation at high rpm.
Edgea€™s available intelligent all-wheel-drive (AWD) system was tuned with an emphasis on performance while offering confident all-weather driving.
Edgea€™s well-rounded, modern performance extends to impressive refinement, enhancing the driving experience.
Engineers spent hundreds of hours fine-tuning Edgea€™s interior ambiance when the vehicle launched. Edgea€™s modern design flows into the interior, evident in the instrument panel and distinctive center stack. Edge is designed to fit the customera€™s need for style as well as cargo space and adaptability.
The Edge has four power points, three within the drivera€™s reach, along with a MP3 audio jack. Edge comfortably seats five, offering available six-way power, heated, adjustable front seats and best-in-class adult headroom and legroom for the second row. Take, for example, the noise-cancelling software, which uses microphones dotted around the cabin to sample the engine’s thrum before producing opposing sound waves, played through the cabin’s speakers to make the engine sound smoother. That’s about ?4000 cheaper than a basic X3 but it comes with 19in alloys, a rear-view camera and a heated windscreen. At ?36,750 it's pricier than the X3 or Q5, but you get that dual-clutch auto, front and rear parking sensors, a powered tailgate and sat-nav. You need to really wind it up if you want to overtake on a country road, and give yourself a healthy gap. Is that thanks to the trick noise-cancelling software, a naturally refined diesel, or the acoustic glass that also comes on this Sport model? Okay, in the main our German test route was smooth, but there were patchy sections that the Edge pattered over without a crash or thud.

My six-foot-plus frame fitted with room to spare on the comfortable front seats, while in the rear there’s plenty of leg room and space to fit three abreast, although the optional panoramic roof makes head room a little tight.
Some of you may, but many would still pop to Audi or BMW to sample their coffee and sales patter. In my mind the large Audi Crossovers are nothing more than glorified VW's not even built in Germany the Q5 is soon to be built in Mexico & the Q7 in Slovakia. Keep in mind it was the first generation model in America at the time so the interior was a bit plasticky and generally flawed. The new model looks so much better as far as the interior goes by and I just wish we had the new 2.7 turbo V6 as a performance rival to the likes of the SQ5 and the X4 M40i. Visit any identikit new-build housing estate and all you will see is a display of keeping up with the Joneses; driveways littered with bog standard bottom-of-the-range X3s and Q5s sat on tiny alloys. An SUV isn't a track-day car - it doesn't need low profile tyres for maximum steering response. The best books, DVDs and free online resources for developing good foundation skills and learning professional car drawing techniques. The first two winners will receive one 100% and one 50% scholarship for SPD's Master Course in Transportation Design.
A new liftgate handle design, new power liftgate option and available EasyFolda„? second-row seats make it easy to load and unload cargo. New-for-2008 features include the addition of a Limited Series, a new Interior Appearance Package, class-exclusive 20-inch chrome wheels, plus four new exterior colors.
Standard safety features abound, including Forda€™s industry-leading Advance TracA® with RSCA® (Roll Stability Control), seat-mounted side air bags, Safety Canopya„? side air curtains and Forda€™s Personal Safety System.
Forda€™s new crossover distinguishes itself with bold, American design, a flexible interior, dynamic driving character and a host of innovative features. Edge also delivers on safety, with a host of standard safety features including Forda€™s exclusive AdvanceTracA® with RSCA®. The available system, developed in collaboration with Microsoft, fully integrates mobile phones and media players into the vehicle using Bluetooth technology and USB connectivity. The available voice-activated DVD-based navigation system features a 6.5-inch touch screen designed for improved clarity. This available new feature provides easy access to the rear cargo area and can be opened with the key fob or with a switch mounted on the dash. Four new colors are available for 2008: Vapor Silver Clearcoat Metallic, Light Ice Blue Clearcoat Metallic, Dark Ink Blue Clearcoat Metallic and White Sand Tri-Coat.
The large glass moon roof provides a grand view of the sky and a sense of freedom that accentuates Edgea€™s sporting nature.
Monitoring both motions allows for yaw-control enhancements, providing class-leading side-slip and roll stability control. Designed for both rows of seats, this feature utilizes roll-fold technology to efficiently deploy the air bag when an occupanta€™s head is resting against the side glass. This suite of safety features includes dual-stage driver and front passenger air bags, thorax side air bags for front seat occupants, safety belt pretensioners, seat weight sensing system for the passenger seat and crash severity sensing. Edge also comes equipped with such standard features as child safety locks on the rear doors, the LATCH child safety restraint system and Forda€™s tire pressure monitoring system. The front suspension features MacPherson struts and an isolated subframe, firmly attached in six locations.
The rear dampers are mounted as far outboard as possible in the vehicle and behind the wheel center to improve ride and handling. Short first and second gears provide impressive launch and acceleration, while the tall overdrive gears deliver 7 percent better fuel economy than a 4-speed automatic. By constantly monitoring and predicting traction, the system delivers torque to all four wheels, even before the wheels begin to slip. An aggressively raked windshield and fast-sloping back window with high-mounted rear spoiler accentuate the feeling of motion. The raised beltline emphasizes strong, sculpted shoulders formed around sharp wheel arches.
The center stack design incorporates two, 9-inch by 2-inch vertical vents that bracket the audio and climate-control switches.
The large center console uses a removable divider and tray to organize the space both vertically and horizontally for secure storage of everything from a laptop computer and handbag to coins and MP3 players. Small slots molded into the side of the console keep phone and MP3 cords neat and organized. No discredit to the great marque, but it’s an edgy decision choosing the new Edge over more premium SUV rivals such as the Audi Q5 and BMW X3.
And there’s the optional active steering, which uses an electric motor in the steering wheel hub to add or reduce the lock that you apply through the column. You also get safety systems such as emergency city braking, lane assist and traffic sign recognition that are pricey options on its rivals. Add in 20in alloys, heated seats and that fancy adaptive steering system, and you've got a compelling package. The gearbox doesn’t help, hampered by its six ratios – an X3 has eight – and a lazy bent compared to other dual-clutch designs.
A bit of each, probably, but the upshot is that if you’re pottering around town or cruising on the motorway you barely notice the engine, and there’s little road noise on 20in wheels, and there’s hardly any wind noise for that matter. The Edge felt heavy and less happy to change direction than an X3 – at nearly two tonnes it’s no lightweight - but it steered directly and wasn’t obviously wallowy through the bends. And it’s not just a cheap alternative: objectively it’s bigger, more refined and better equipped than its rivals. The sheer thought of driving a Ford would make Mrs Suburbia shiver in her Jack Wills cardigan. Some dumb sod will buy one then 2 or 3 years down the road they'll be at much more sensible money. Edge boasts a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and achieved front and side driver five-star crash-test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It incorporates text-to-speech technology that reads and communicates directions and street names in English, Spanish and French. A new design for the liftgate handle also allows for easier access to the vehiclea€™s rear cargo area.
Close the forward roof and the enormous skylights allow natural light to flood the cabin while protecting the cabin from the elements. In the event of a crash, the roll-fold bag will deploy between the occupanta€™s head and the side of the vehicle.
Matte black lower front and rear fascias and side rocker panels emphasize Edgea€™s sporty character.
Available all-leather seating surfaces feature contrast stitching inspired by the fashion industry.
Edge can transport items as long as 8 feet with the available fold-flat front passenger seat.
Would you be willing to swap four sparkly silver rings or the blue and white roundel for Ford's blue oval on the front of your coveted new SUV? Twin power-operated cloth shades can be closed simultaneously to block 100 percent of ultra-violet rays.

Paired with available AdvanceTracA® traction control, intelligent AWD can transfer torque front to rear and side to side. By modifying the pitch and height of the spiral by tenths of a millimeter, wind noise was reduced by as much as 2 decibels. Each rear seat can be folded manually using an industry-first single-hand release or automatically with an available EasyFolda„? electro-mechanical remote release accessible from the rear cargo area. By modifying the pitch and height of the spiral by tenths of a millimeter, wind noise was reduced by as much as two decibels. For example, extensive use of CAE modeling on Edge’s six-speed transmission case built a solid housing for the transmission components. To earn a Top Safety Pick, vehicles must earn good ratings in IIHS’ high-speed front and side crash tests, and in evaluation of seats and head restraints. An added requirement for 2007 is that vehicles must also offer electronic stability control. The center stack design incorporates two 9- by 2-inch vertical vents that bracket the audio and climate-control switches.
For example, the large center console uses a removable divider and tray to organize the space both vertically and horizontally for everything from laptop computers and handbags to coins and MP3 players.
The console lid has a ticket clip, two pen holders and a tissue holder.Edge also is big on details. A 20-ounce-cup holder is included in each front-door map pocket, along with juice box holders in the rear door pockets, two super-size-cup holders in the center console and two in the rear armrest.Edge comfortably seats five, offering available six-way power, heated, adjustable front seats and best-in-class adult headroom and legroom for the second row. Edge can transport items as long as 8 feet inside with the front passenger seat folded down. Monitoring both motions allows for yaw-control enhancements, providing class-leading side-slip and roll stability control.Edge comes standard with dual-stage driver and front-passenger air bags, an energy-absorbing steering wheel and knee bolster for the driver and an energy-absorbing glove box for the passenger. Innovative features as well as near-luxury levels of quietness and ease of use distinguish Edge from other CUVs.
Edge is further distinguished by a raked windshield, fast hatch and contoured tumblehome – styling cues typically found on sports cars.
Jewellike headlamps carry the lines of the grille around the side of the vehicle and feature a unique interpretation of the Ford-signature step-up surround.
The hint of a powerdome hood underscores that with its 265-hp engine, Edge is ready to run.The large liftgate offers easy access to the cargo area.
Dual power sunshades can be deployed to block out glare.Flexible Interior Adapts for Easy LoadingThe Edge interior makes ingenious use of space, delivering maximum flexibility and functionality. The available EasyFold™ electro-mechanical seat release switch drops either back seat at the touch of a button for easy loading of large cargo. Moveable inserts can be used to customize the space to store everything from CDs to purses to laptop computers. An optional 12-volt power point is concealed inside the console for powering cell phones and PDAs. An optional audio input, also concealed in the console, connects an external MP3 device to the vehicle’s audio system. The standard two-tone interior adds depth and interest and features an elegant use of materials. The center stack’s clean functional design is both intuitive and uncluttered, made possible by the unique vertical vent design.
Available leather-trimmed heated front seats feature six-way power adjustment with manual recline and lumbar. The seats also fold forward, creating a level load floor using the same easy-to-use handle.A versatile integrated rear-seat center console also incorporates the center head restraint.
For example, Edge’s side mirrors are designed to deflect air without creating wind noise.
Engineers and designers fine-tuned prototypes, producing a mirror that is 80 percent quieter than the original design at highway speeds and that generates less wind noise than a vehicle without sideview mirrors.
His love of art and design led him to Purdue University in Lafayette, Ind.In 1980, with his industrial design degree in hand, Letson began his career at a small company in Indiana creating power tools. So he and his wife packed everything and moved South.Working with boat makers Donzi and Wellcraft, Letson further honed his skills, leaving a legacy of television fame (of sorts), and more than 50 production boats to his design credit. This includes a 38-foot signature edition Scarab offshore racer with twin $50,000 650-hp Lamborghini engines, built specifically for Johnson. This crossover has near-luxury levels of quietness and refinement and fuel economy numbers associated with smaller vehicles.
The smaller size improves packaging efficiencies and reduces idle vibration.Intake variable cam timing (i-VCT) optimizes valve timing for a smooth idle and helps the engine produce a broad torque curve. The i-VCT system uses a hydraulically actuated spool valve to control the movement of the cam phaser and can rotate up to 40 degrees, shifting within less than half a second.
Short steps between intermediate gears enhance performance and feel by finding the right gear for the most efficient operating conditions.6F Design Delivers Impressive NVHThe elimination of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) was a high priority of the development team. The transfer and final drive gears are hard finished, providing a more precise fit, reducing gear whine.
There, the transmission build quality is verified, detecting even minute variations in the manufacturing process.
Unique software programmed into the powertrain control module individually trims and characterizes all solenoids and clutches to compensate for variances that normally would lead to changes in shift feel. This strategy produces smooth, precisely controlled shifts that improve durability and customer satisfaction. Its crisp, precise steering connects the driver to the road and Edge’s sport-tuned suspension limits body roll during cornering.
The vertically oriented shocks are mounted outboard and behind the wheel center for improved ride and handling.Edge comes standard with four-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes. Using a preemptive slip strategy, the system continuously monitors vehicle speed, throttle input and steering angle to seamlessly deliver torque to the appropriate wheel even before wheel slippage occurs.
Bumper-to-bumper flow-through side rails as well as structural shotgun and A-pillars help move energy away from occupants in the event of a collision. Extensive use of high-strength steel creates a strong, solid body structure and reinforced greenhouse to improve safety performance in a variety of situations. Side-impact intrusion beams and energy-absorbing door trim help add to side-impact performance.
The Personal Safety System® includes standard driver and front passenger dual-stage air bags, energy-absorbing steering column and three-point safety belts at all seating positions, with front-seat pretensioners and retractors.
The system uses advanced restraint system logic that bases the air bag output level on occupant size, safety-belt usage, driver’s seat position and severity of impact. If an occupant is resting their head against a window, the air bag is designed to slide between the glass and occupant as it inflates. Typical side air curtains unfold like an accordion, using the occupant’s head to keep the bag between the glass and the body. CUV - it’s winning me over.I’d sure like to see some of the interior shots of this car as you described so well.

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