Just like the Explorer and Mustang Mach-E.
The second-generation Ford Edge arrived back in 2014 and, aside from a new ST variant, hasn't received any major updates since. Perhaps that's why Ford constantly offers great deals on it. Though they may not be all-new, the 2021 Ford Edge and 2021 Ford Edge ST have just been announced, and both feature some impressive improvements in the cabin.
Both models now feature more standard Co-Pilot360 driver-assistance features, and each comes standard with a new SYNC 4A infotainment system with a class-leading 12-inch center touchscreen. This screen is similar to the ones used in the Ford Explorer and Mustang Mach-E.
The new infotainment doesn't just boast a larger screen; it also packs new features like built-in navigation with cloud connectivity, conversational voice recognition, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Since Edge customers no longer need a cable to use CarPlay or Android Auto, Ford also added a wireless charging pad. If you need to plug in a device, the Edge adds two USB ports (one being a USB-C), upping the count to four, allowing rear-seat passengers access to charging. The new SYNC 4A also includes over-the-air updates, so it can constantly improve itself.
Ford says the new 12-inch screen enables multi-tasking, allowing drivers to split the screen into larger and smaller windows. This means customers could, for example, change songs without leaving the navigation map. The screen offers nine different features to display as Information on Demand in the smaller windows.
Not much has changed on the exterior, but Ford says it will offer more wheel lineup options for increased choice and customization. The Edge now has nine options, including 18-inch Sparkle Silver-painted aluminum wheels on the SE trim and 21-inch premium gloss black-painted aluminum wheels available on the ST. As with the 2020 model, an Edge ST-Line is available for customers who like the ST look but don't need the performance.
The base Edge continues to use a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing 250 horsepower and 275 lb-ft. The Edge ST uses a 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 producing 335 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque, now going out through a seven-speed automatic transmission, with the old unit's second gear being cut from the equation to improve shift programming.