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Ford unveils new 2015 Edge [LIVE]

The new Edge gains a sharper design, an Ecoboost engine and more tech inside.

Ford has lifted the veil off of the new 2015 Edge at a private event held in Dearborn, Michigan.

Slightly bigger all around than the outgoing model, the new Edge gains a more chiseled front end characterized by a bold hexagonal radiator grille and sharp headlights. The aggressive look continues out back with a rakish D-pillar, dual exhaust pipes and tail lamps connected by a thin light bar.

The widespread use of high-strength steel increases's the Edge's structural rigidity. Other byproducts of the new architecture include a more comfortable ride thanks to reduced noise, vibration and harshness.

The Edge features a more modern-looking cockpit with an uncluttered center console, a new steering wheel and a configurable instrument cluster. Ford says the crossover's bigger dimensions clear up extra head and leg room for all passengers, and up to 73.4 cubic feet of cargo space can be obtained by folding the rear seats flat.

The 2015 Edge packs a long list of available technology features including active grille shutters, a blind spot detection system, a 180-degree front camera, Ford's MyFord Touch infotainment system, adaptive steering, heated rear seats, a hands-free tailgate and side parking sensors. Additionally, the crossover is offered with inflatable seat belts and a glove box-mounted knee airbag for the front passenger.

Under the HoodThe 2015 Edge comes standard with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 245 horsepower and 270 lb-ft. of torque. Buyers after more grunt can order the Edge with a 2.7-liter Ecoboost V6 rated at over 300 horsepower, and the naturally-aspirated 3.5-liter V6 returns with an output expected to hover in the vicinity of 285 ponies.

All engines are linked to a six-speed automatic transmission that can be controlled by shift paddles mounted behind the steering wheel. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available as an option on select models.

Built in Canada, the 2015 Ford Edge is scheduled to go on sale next year. Ford has not published pricing information but it has revealed the crossover will be available in SE, SEL, Sport and Titanium trim levels.

Live images by Mark Elias.

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