- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 1, 2007

The 2007 Ford Edge is filled with firsts for the fastest growing segment in the auto industry, crossover utility vehicles (CUV’s).

The Edge uses the first transmission jointly developed by Ford and competitor General Motors, resulting in a most efficient six-speed automatic. This is the first use of the fuel-saving transmission in a front-drive CUV. It delivers 7 percent better fuel economy than a four-speed automatic transmission. Fuel figures for this 2-ton vehicle are 25 miles per gallon for the two-wheel drive and 24 mpg for the all-wheel-drive version in highway driving.

The Edge interior contains the first use in this segment of an auxiliary jack, allowing for the hookup of any MP3 player. Small slots molded into the side of the console keep phone and MP3 cords neat and organized.

With the optional concealed plug, the Edge offers four power points, three within the reach of the driver. The console continues its versatility with a ticket clip, two pen holders and a tissue holder. 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 interior continues to lead the way with best-in-class adult head room and leg room for the second-row passengers. Five adults can comfortably enjoy the standard cloth or optional leather seating surfaces that feature contrasting stitching, inspired by the fashion industry.

Other niceties include lots of cup holders, two 20-ounce versions (one in each front-door map pocket), juice box holders in the rear-door pockets, two super-size cup holders in the center console and two in the rear armrest. The 60/40 reclining split second-row seat folds to provide a level load floor for carrying equipment in the large cargo area. The Edge can transport items as long as 8 feet inside, with the front passenger seat folded down.

You won’t ever have to leave that 8-foot ladder at home again. Each rear seat section can be folded manually using an industry-first single-hand release or automatically with an available EasyFold electromechanical remote release, accessible from the rear cargo area.

The two-panel panoramic Vista Roof is a first in class. It stretches from front to back with a grand view of the sky. This option features a 27.3 inch-by-29.4 inch forward panel that offers tilt and slide opening with a one-touch button. The 15.75 inch-by-31.3 inch fixed moon roof glass panel covers the rear section of the roof. Now first- and second-row passengers can enjoy the view.

Twin power-operated cloth shades can be closed simultaneously to block glare. Even the wind-deflector design has been specially constructed to maintain quiet interior ambiance. It is the result of detailed wind-tunnel and road-test evaluations.

The new Ford Edge delivers many firsts, from the cleverly designed interior that offers more usable space, while keeping the feel of a very rich environment, to the appetizing names of the new designer colors available.

If hues could suggest special flavors and spices, the Edge has them. Creme Brulee, Dark Cherry, French Silk, Light Sage, Lime Gold, Merlot, Orange Frost and White Chocolate cover the palette of mouthwatering colors that may create an appetite for the Ford Edge.

Look for the 2007 Ford Edge in showrooms. It will be easy to spot as it will be the stylish new-looking vehicle with the bold design and the rakish windshield. The power dome hood and the distinctive three-bar chromed grille will be the final giveaway as to its identity. You may also be able to see one in you favorite flavor.

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