New Ford Edge Crossover Offers Extensive Range of Standard Safety Features
– The new Ford Edge crossover vehicle’s standard safety features include its Safety Canopy side curtains with side airbags. Ford’s AdvanceTrac with RSC, standard on Edge, uses two gyroscopic sensors to monitor both yaw and roll motions. Monitoring both motions provides side-slip and roll stability control.Edge comes standard with dual-stage driver and front-passenger airbags, an energy-absorbing steering column and knee bolster for the driver, and an energy-absorbing glove box for the passenger. The driver seat uses a seat position sensor and the passenger seat uses an occupant classification sensor to help tailor airbag deployment. Both front seating positions are equipped with load-limiting safety belts and pretensioners.Edge’s Safety Canopy and seat-mounted side airbags provide an enhanced level of side impact and rollover protection. Side-impact protection is also achieved via solid unibody construction, utilizing ultra-high-strength steel in rocker bars, B-pillars, and cross-member ladder frames on doors, as well as a reinforced greenhouse and energy-absorbing side door trim.Ford has sped up the standardization of safety features across its lineup. Two-thirds of Ford vehicles will have standard side air curtains, and half will have electronic stability control by the end of 2008. By the end of 2009, all of Ford’s retail products will be built with standard side airbag protection and electronic stability control.Launching in November, Edge and its sibling Lincoln MKX are set to enter the hot CUV market. Equipped with an all-new 265-horsepower V-6 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission, Edge is priced at under $26,000.