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2011 Edge / MKX mpg class leaders + configurators online…

July 15, 2010

Ford has finally received the verdict from the U.S. EPA with the 2011 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX gaining class-leading mileage. Also, Ford has uploaded the new configurators for both vehicles which can be seen here for the Edge and here for the MKX…

The 3.5L V6 equipped Edge has scored 19 mpg (12.3l/100km) urban and 27 mpg (8.7l/100km) on the highway. The MKX, with the new 3.7 V6, has scored a slightly lower score with 19 (12.3l/100km) and 26 mpg (9l/100km) respectively. These numbers, though, shoot the Edge and the MKX to the top of the pack in fuel efficiency.

PRESS RELEASES

2011 FORD EDGE SPORT ADDS CLASS-LEADING POWER, BOLDER APPEARANCE AND INDUSTRY-FIRST TECHNOLOGY

* The class-leading power is flowed through a six-speed SelectShift Automatic™ transmission and accessed by new unique treatment of paddle shifters. The paddle shifters now can operate while the vehicle is in Drive, allowing a true manual experience when upshifting or downshifting
* New class-exclusive standard 22-inch wheels are the key elements of a refreshed, bolder exterior; special sport-tuned suspension complements new wheels and adds higher level of handling and ride
* Industry-first MyFord Touch™ with SYNC is standard, opening a new era of driver connectivity through the use of intuitive voice commands, 8-inch touch screen in the center stack and two driver-configurable 4.2-inch LCD screens in the instrument cluster

FACT SHEET: 2011 FORD EDGE SPORT

DEARBORN, Mich., July 14, 2010 – The 2011 Ford Edge Sport is both edgier and sportier than the original version launched in 2009. Customers opting for the popular midsize crossover’s performance version will enjoy a more engaging driving experience, a bolder appearance and industry-first driver connect technology.

“The 2011 Ford Edge Sport is bolder, more powerful and has more customer-focused technology than ever before,” said Elaine Bannon, chief engineer. “Edge customers value style and technology. The 2011 Edge Sport delivers the ultimate in both, now with class-leading performance.”

Bannon has been the chief engineer for Edge, which debuted in December of 2006 as a 2007 model year product, from the start. Edge Sport joined the lineup two years later, and the new version best expresses the vision of combining the signature elements of Edge with even greater engineering know-how.

“With the larger wheels, unique exterior cues and added performance, Edge Sport is the type of vehicle you usually could only find at aftermarket exhibition shows like SEMA. The Sport is certainly a vehicle an aftermarket developer might create starting with a base Edge for the enthusiast/performance customer,” said Bannon.

“The difference for the Edge Sport is that all the performance attributes are precisely engineered and matched by Ford, as are all the exterior and interior design cues and materials, to create the ultimate Edge experience directly from the factory.”

More power and better fuel economy
Class-leading power is delivered by a new 3.7-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine that produces 305 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 280 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm. This improved power – 40 more horsepower over the outgoing Edge Sport – is not at the expense of fuel economy, either. The 2011 Edge Sport fuel economy remains 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.

Advanced technology and clever control strategies help the 2011 Edge Sport produce power efficiently. Ti-VCT, for example, enables precise and variable control of the intake and exhaust camshafts to optimize performance and fuel economy.

The new engine is mated to a six-speed SelectShift Automatic transmission with upgraded, class-exclusive paddle shift activation inspired by sports cars.

“For 2011, the paddle shift activation for the Edge Sport is ‘live in drive,’ which means the customer doesn’t have to shift to ‘M’ or manual mode,” said Rich Kreder, vehicle engineering manager. “Instead, while in Drive, the driver can pull the ‘+’ paddle on the right side of the steering wheel or ‘-‘ paddle on the left side of the steering wheel to go up or down gears. It’s a much more engaging and intuitive experience.”

This execution, available on the 2011 Edge Sport only, allows the driver to shift gears quickly while keeping both hands on the steering wheel. The transmission reverts to automatic mode and upshifts or downshifts as needed when driven at a steady speed.

Class-exclusive 22-inch wheels highlight exterior differentiation
Large wheels have been the signature of Edge Sport since its debut as a 2009 model year product. New for 2011 are class-exclusive 22-inch forged aluminum wheels that are standard. Forged aluminum wheels are often the top choice in the aftermarket because of their premium quality and ability to combine high strength and light weight in one package.

Experienced designers and engineers worked closely with state-of-the-art computer tools to optimize form, fit and function to deliver world-class weight-efficient designs that exceed Ford’s strict requirements – higher than the industry standard – in terms of structural integrity, corrosion performance and other attributes. This ensures the new Ford wheels have higher standards than typically found in the aftermarket.

Complementing the new wheels is a sport-tuned suspension with revised front strut tuning, rear spring rates and rear jounce bumper, which helps stiffen the suspension for a flatter, sportier ride. Key to the suspension tuning is the addition of high-flow shocks. These shocks allow tuning for both handling and ride without compromise to either.

“Drivers will feel a firmer connection to the road when going around a corner and less jarring when hitting a pothole, for example,” said Kreder. “It’s allowed us to make Edge Sport much more comfortable without losing any handling.”

The tires were designed and engineered specifically for Edge Sport and deliver similar grip levels as those found in a Mustang GT tire combined with all-season performance.

The wheels feature a polished finish with painted Tuxedo Black spoke accents that complement Edge Sport’s other dynamic exterior styling cues, including the painted Tuxedo Black grille, smoked headlamp and taillamp treatment, body-color rocker moldings, 4-inch oval chrome exhaust tips, body-color door cladding and revised body-color lower front and rear fascias.

Key interior highlights are aluminum pedal covers, liquid silver smoke appliqués that are echoed in the silver smoke metallic leather seat inserts with contrast stitching and 10-way heated power driver seat with power lumbar and memory settings.

MyFord Touch ushers in new era of interaction
The industry-first MyFord Touch driver connect technology powered by SYNC® provides a smarter, safer, simpler way to connect drivers with in-car technologies and their digital lives. It replaces traditional vehicle buttons, knobs and gauges with clear, crisp LCD screens and five-way controls like those found on cell phones and MP3 players and also uses intuitive voice commands.

Standard on the 2011 Edge Sport, MyFord Touch displays information using two 4.2-inch full-color LCD screens flanking an analog speedometer and an 8-inch touch-screen LCD at the top of the center stack. A five-way switch on each side of the steering wheel controls the information displayed on the corresponding instrument panel screens. The screens can be personalized to display information relevant to each individual driver.

Sony sound system, unique finish panel standard
The MyFord touch with Sony Audio System finish panel is fully integrated. The panel is completely flat (except for the center knob), so the touch cells are executed as circular “landing zones” for the finger.

The touch cells create a miniature, undetectable electric field. A finger breaks the field and causes the cell to go on or off like a traditional switch. This means there is no true button to push – a touch of the finger does the job. Illumination and an audible “beep” confirm activation.

The touch cells can control items such as volume, radio seek, radio station tuning, CD track seek, defrosters and air conditioning. Included in the climate controls is the new MyTemp feature, which allows a customer to program and set the desired interior temperature like a radio preset.

Consistent with other Sony products, the audio portion of the control panel is divided into “Source” and “Sound” sections, allowing customers to select the input (AM/FM radio, HD Radio™ broadcasts, satellite radio, CD, personal devices) and tune the sound with bass, treble, fade and balance inputs on the screen.

The heart of the Sony Audio System is its extraordinary sound quality. Comprised of 12 high-quality speakers and a Class D all-digital amplifier, the Sony system has the ability to pump out 390 watts of continuous power (RMS). Further, Dolby Pro Logic® II technology creates true virtual 5.1 channel surround sound throughout the car for a unique listening experience.

Like the song? You can tag it
Also new on the 2011 Ford Edge Sport is the world’s first use of iTunes® Tagging in an available factory-installed HD Radio receiver. iTunes Tagging provides customers with the ability to “capture” a song they hear on the HD Radio receiver for later purchase from iTunes. With a simple push of a “TAG” button on the MyFord touch-screen display, the song information will be stored in the radio’s memory.

Once a song is tagged and customers dock their iPod to the SYNC system, the tagged song information will transfer to that iPod. Up to 100 tags on SYNC can be stored until the iPod is connected. When the iPod is then synced to iTunes, a playlist of tagged songs will appear. Customers then can preview, and if they desire, purchase and download tagged songs from the iTunes Store.

One significant benefit of HD Radio technology is that the sound quality of the broadcast is dramatically better because of the digital transmission – FM sounds like a CD and AM sounds like today’s FM broadcasts. Unlike analog broadcasts, digital broadcasts aren’t susceptible to interference, fadeout and other issues.

“The goal with the 2011 Edge was to raise the level of all the attributes to world-class status, and with that in mind we needed to improve the Edge Sport that much more,” Bannon said. “With class-leading performance, head-turning styling inside and out and industry-exclusive technologies, we want to provide customers a vehicle that truly delivers the ultimate Edge experience.”

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* 2011 Lincoln MKX receives official certification by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with best-in-class fuel economy of any luxury midsize crossover, delivering 19 mpg in city driving and 26 mpg on the highway
* 2011 Lincoln MKX also boasts best-in-class 305 horsepower, 40 more than the outgoing product, and 280 lb.-ft. of torque versus all V6 competitors
* New 3.7-liter V6 engine employs several fuel-efficient strategies that also improve performance, including twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT), aggressive deceleration fuel shutoff and battery management

DEARBORN, Mich., July 7, 2010 – The 2011 Lincoln MKX is the newest vehicle in the premium maker’s lineup to offer best-in-class horsepower and torque and the best fuel economy of any luxury crossover vehicle on the market.

The 2011 Lincoln MKX received final fuel economy certification this week, achieving 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway, with a combined fuel economy of 21 mpg, topping all competitors, including the Lexus RX350, Cadillac SRX and BMW X5, with not only horsepower but now fuel efficiency as well.

“The new 2011 MKX is the latest vehicle to deliver on Lincoln’s commitment of industry-leading performance and fuel efficiency,” said Derrick Kuzak, Ford’s group vice president, Global Product Development. “It offers no compromises with best-in-class fuel economy, horsepower and torque.”

2011 Lincoln MKX vs. the Competition
City Highway Combined
2011 Lincoln MKX 3.7L V6 FWD 19 26 21
2010 Acura ZDX 3.7L V6 AWD 16 23 19
2010 Audi Q5 3.2L V6 AWD 18 23 20
2011 BMW X5 3.0L V6 4WD 17 25 20
2010 Cadillac SRX 3.0L V6 FWD 18 25 21
2010 Infiniti FX35 3.5L V6 RWD 16 23 19
2010 Lexus RX350 3.5L V6 FWD 18 25 21
2010 Mercedes-Benz ML350 3.5L V6 FWD 16 21 18
2010 Volkswagen Touareg 3.6L V6 4WD 14 19 16
2010 Volvo XC70 AWD 16 22 18

*All numbers certified by the EPA. Best-in-class numbers in bold

The horsepower of the 2011 Lincoln MKX has increased to 305 – a 15 percent increase compared to the outgoing product – while torque has increased 12 percent to 280 lb.-ft.

“The Lincoln MKX doesn’t sacrifice power to receive its great fuel economy,” Kuzak said. “Our engineers were able to deliver an increase in power and torque in a fashion that reflects the luxurious driving experience that Lincoln is known for.”

Lincoln’s first-ever hybrid – the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid – was recently named the most fuel-efficient luxury sedan in America, delivering 41 mpg in city driving and 36 mpg on the highway. This tops the vehicle’s nearest competitor – the Lexus HS 250h – by 6 mpg.

The 2010 Lincoln MKT with EcoBoost™ continues to provide better gas highway fuel economy – 21 mpg – than any other all-wheel-drive vehicle in its class.

For the 2011 MKX, engineers integrated the new 3.7-liter V6 engine, which uses twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) to increase the vehicle’s power and fuel economy. The broadened torque curve allows the intake valve to be advanced, delivering about a 10 percent power increase compared to non-Ti-VCT engines. Variable timing control of both the intake and exhaust camshafts helps extract more energy from each drop of fuel, leading to a 4.5 percent improvement in fuel economy.

The engine also employs a control strategy called aggressive deceleration fuel shutoff to save fuel. This strategy shuts off the engine when the driver doesn’t need engine torque. It uses the momentum from the torque delivered to the transmission to move the vehicle, rather than more fuel.

“The 2011 Lincoln MKX will continue to propel the Lincoln lineup that is already ahead of the curve,” Kuzak said.

The 2011 Lincoln MKX continues to reinforce Ford Motor Company’s record largest increase in fuel economy gains over the past five years, according to the EPA.

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One comment

  1. Incredible, that’s exactly what I was looking for! You just saved me alot of work!



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