Ford is playing musical chairs with its SUV drivetrains.
It seems that Ford is reevaluating everything in its lineup and shaking things up. Yesterday, we learned that the Explorer ST would be receiving RWD as its base drivetrain, making AWD optional. Now Ford is allegedly doing something similar with the Edge, except in the opposite way. According to a new report from Ford Authority, the 2022 Ford Edge will launch with AWD across the lineup as standard, and no other configuration will be available. Similarly, the outlet reports that Canadian Ford Maverick pickups will also be AWD-only when paired with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost powertrain.
The Edge becoming an AWD-only model makes it the third such Ford product to be such, following the Bronco and Bronco Sport. Unfortunately, the sources that brought this new information on the Edge to light have not yet revealed anything further, but it's a little bit of a surprise to see such a drastic change. If this and yesterday's Explorer rumor do prove to be true, it'll mean that of the two midsize SUVs, the larger one will be the only vehicle available with 2WD, which is strange given the Edge's role as a more suburban crossover.
The 2021 Ford Edge changed quite a bit when it was revealed last year with a host of new tech upgrades, including a class-leading 12-inch touchscreen infotainment display as part of the SYNC 4A system. The 2021 Edge also gained Co-Pilot360 advanced driver assistance systems.
News on the 2022 Edge has been minimal, but around this time last year, it looked as if the Edge would not even be around for the 2022 model year. With the arrival of the Bronco and Bronco Sport, the Edge looked all but unnecessary, especially considering the massive demand that the Bronco variants have experienced. Fortunately, it appears that Ford is going ahead with another model year or two. Past reports indicated that the Edge may be killed off after 2023, which would have meant the end of one of the few vehicles still produced at Ford's Oakville plant, so the longer it stays around, the more jobs will be saved.