The Ford Edge Hybrid is a crossover SUV based on the Mazda 6 sedan. Offered for sale sometime around 2010, it will share a common powertrain with hybrid versions of the Ford Five Hundred, Mercury Montego full-size sedans, and sister Lincoln MKX Hybrid.
The Ford Edge Hybrid will also be certified for E85, a fuel blend that contains 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. Ethanol is a renewable fuel in the United States. Commonly made from corn, these ethanol-fueled hybrids could sizeably reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Close to 25 percent less carbon dioxide emissions are possible if operated exclusively on E85 ethanol fuel instead of carbon-rich gasoline.
Production has been slated for Ford's Oakville assembly plant starting in 2010, an expansion at the plant is currently underway to meet forecasts. Production of the normally aspirated 2007 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX will occur in the fourth quarter of 2006.
Normally aspirated Ford Edge models range in price from the SE FWD at $25,000 to the $29,000 for the SEL AWD. Many individual options will also be offered over and on top of the four trim levels. Items such as HID headlights, back up warning sensors, 20 inch wheel packages, rear DVD entertainment system and power tailgate are all planned.
Expect the Ford Edge Hybrid MSRP above that of the SEL AWD Edge. Prices starting from the low to mid $30,000 range would include unique Hybrid features and many of the optional features listed on lesser Edge models.
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