The 2011 Ford Edge comes with a wealth of new class-exclusive features.
Ford Motor Company’s exclusive AdvanceTrac with RSC leads the safety technologies. This electronic stability control system helps maintain a driver’s intended path by measuring side-to-side yaw through steering angle, lateral acceleration and yaw rate sensors and automatically making braking and throttle adjustments.
When AdvanceTrac senses the wheel slipping, it reduces engine torque and applies the appropriate brakes. RSC is an additional vehicle control software module that monitors and helps control vehicle roll rate.
“With class-exclusive safety technology and solid unibody construction, the 2011 Ford Edge will continue to be a leader in safety,” said Elaine Bannon, Edge chief engineer. “For families who place a premium on safety, the new Edge features several new available technologies that can help avoid an accident.”
New available driver assistance and convenience technologies added to the 2011 Ford Edge and how they help include:
• Adaptive cruise control allows the driver to set the vehicle’s cruising speed, using advanced radar technology to monitor traffic ahead and scan for slower vehicles. The system slows the vehicle to adapt for traffic conditions and maintain the preset distance between vehicles. Once traffic clears, the set speed returns. Gap distance settings can be customized from four predetermined options.
• Collision warning with brake support helps reduce speed, automatically pre-charges brakes, provides a red warning light on the windshield as well as an audible beep and engages an electronic brake assist system to help drivers stop more quickly when the system detects a collision is imminent.
• Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) with cross-traffic alert is a feature that can help detect vehicles in blind spots during normal driving, as well as traffic approaching from the sides when reversing out of parking spots.
• MyKey® is designed to allow parents to encourage teenagers to drive safely and more fuel efficiently, and to increase seat belt usage. The standard MyKey feature allows owners to designate keys that can limit the vehicle’s top speed, audio volume and other features.
• Rear view camera automatically engages when the vehicle is placed in reverse. The camera is located above the license plate, and video is shown on the available 8-inch center stack touch screen.
• Hill start assist helps keep the vehicle from rolling backward, making it easier to pull away when on a slope or hill. With the brake pedal pressed, if sensors detect the vehicle is on a slope, the system is automatically activated. Brake pressure is held in the braking system and the vehicle remains stationary on the slope for up to two seconds after the driver releases the brake pedal.