If you want a sporty crossover, your options are currently pretty much limited to Cadillac, Acura, and the Germans. But what if you want some sport without breaking the bank? Ford thinks the new version the Edge Sport may have you covered. For 2011, the newly-revamped Edge gets 305 Mustang-flavored horses in Sport trim, as we reported from the Chicago Auto Show.
The powerplant is the same 3.7-liter V-6 engine rated at 305 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque that moves the 2011 Mustang V-6, up from the previous Edge Sport's 265-horsepower mill. Unlike the Mustang, however, the Edge Sport tops out at 25 mpg on the highway rather than 30 mpg. Paired with a paddle-shifting six-speed auto, the Edge Sport promises more go than the average mainstream crossover. We'll have to get behind the wheel to see how well it delivers, but it looks promising.
More show is also on tap to match the go, as "class exclusive" 22-inch wheels are standard on the Edge Sport, giving the sporty crossover a clear visual cue as to its nature as well--a touch also included on previous versions of the Edge Sport. Inside, the show goes multimedia for 2011, with MyFord Touch with SYNC fitted standard, including an 8-inch touch screen with two configurable 4.2-inch screens in the instrument cluster, pushing the vehicle closer to the luxury competition despite its undoubtedly mainstream materials and design.
Notably missing from the equation, however, is a firmed-up suspension or anything directly relating to handling--though we're sure those massive 22s will dampen acceleration and braking compared to more sensibly-sized alloys.
Hit up page two for the full press release, and check out the gallery above--then let us know your take in the comments below.