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Preview: 2011 Ford Edge

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The 2011 Ford Edge doesn't look much edgier than its predecessor, but lying just beneath the skin, there's quite a bit that's new, including Ford's MyTouch system and a new EcoBoost four-cylinder turbocharged engine.

Ford calls the new Edge a "refresh" of the previous model, which has been on the market for five years now. The revised look certainly follows that theme, building on what made the last model popular, but livening it up with a large, beefy grille, more pronounced fenders and a sculpted silhouette that follows the original's fairly closely.

Inside, the look is even fresher, with wood-grain trim and redesigned controls that look more cleanly laid-out. The Ford MyTouch system lives in the center stack, and its primary interface is the large LCD touchscreen that sits atop it.

The new EcoBoost four-cylinder mated to a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox is something Ford is sure to brag about, expecting close to 30 mpg highway, though official EPA ratings haven't been disclosed yet. A 3.5-liter V-6 good for 285 horsepower is the next step up, and a 3.7-liter V-6 rated for 305 horsepower tops the engine selections.

For the full run-down on the new crossover, read executive editor Marty Padgett's 2011 Ford Edge Bottom Line.

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