By Asian Journal Autoeditor

2017 Ford EdgeThe 2017 Ford Edge is now in its second generation with a total overhaul from 2016. A handsome, smart, upscale CUV, the new Edge is based on the underpinnings of the current Ford Fusion sedan. On the exterior, the new Edge has a more premium look with a refreshingly clean defined look, compared to its rivals.  The 2017 Edge still remains a two-row, five-passenger format, although an extra four inches of additional length, an extra inch of height, improves interior occupant room. Also added is, a new Sync 3 infotainment system and a host of improvements. The 2017 Ford Edge arrives in either two- wheel drive or all-wheel drive with a choice of engines teamed to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Engine choices for the Edge include Ford’s 2.0-liter EcoBoost with a twin-scroll turbocharger, making 245 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque that can be teamed to an all-wheel drive transmission. There is also a 280-hp, 3.5-liter V6 engine, while the most powerful engine is found on the Edge Sport, with its twin-turbocharged, direct-injected 2.7-liter V-6, and output of 315 hp and 375 lb-ft of torque

The top level Titanium model we tested offers pretty much every tech convenience possible and greater level of luxury, including a 12-speaker Sony audio system with HD Radio, hands-free tailgate system, heated steering wheel, panoramic Vista Roof, 180-degree front camera with washer, remote start, rain-sensing wipers, second-row inflatable seatbelts, heated rear seats, HID headlamps are some of the upmarket features. The Edge we tested came with Ford’s wonderful fuel-efficient and powerful 2.0-liter L4 EcoBoost engine teamed with a six- speed automatic transmission. The super loaded Titanium model adds such goodies as: Blind spot monitoring system, cold weather package, heated steering wheel, Lane Departure warning system, enhanced park assist heated and cooled front seta and rear heated seats. Options on our tester included: Canadian Touring package with panoramic roof and voice activated navigations, drivers package with adaptive cruise control/collision warning, adaptive steering and power, tilt steering wheel. Also added was the cargo accessory pack, Trailer tow package, and 20-inch polished aluminum wheels. Total price with options Federal Excise tax, destination and delivery came to $53,889.

The Edge cabin is now more premium in feel and design with high levels of materials and workmanship in terms of refinement, fit and finish and fit. The high front seating position and ample roofline allows for a light, high visibility cabin.   Soft -touch materials also feature more heavily along with a general air of refinement. The rear bench seats folds to offer 73.4 cubic feet of cargo space or offer 39.2 cubic feet with the seats up in place.

Safety is high on the 2017 Edge with a special airbag mounted in the glove box to help protect passenger knees, and available rear-seat inflatable seat belts. A rearview camera are standard across the board, while available safety features include: LED headlamps, Optional Adaptive cruise control with collision warning, forward-collision warnings, parking assist with perpendicular parking capability now a feature, and rear-seat inflatable seat belts.

On the road, the 2017 Edge offers a more responsive car-like driving experience thanks to the new adaptive steering, which improves low-speed manoeuvrability while maintaining high-speed straight-line performance.  The new steering system   gives a more precise feel of control and stability. Corners can be taken faster and with a planted, stable and compliant air. The ride and feel is comfortable and firm, without being wallow despite the high cabin To sum up, the 2016 Ford Edge is an ideal CUV if you   are looking for a distinctive, fast, stylish CUV with a high premium cabin. Highly recommended.

2017 Ford Edge Titanium base priced from $41,999. Total price with options Federal Excise tax, destination and delivery came to $53,889.