The Ford Edge is getting a bit long in the tooth, having launched in 2016, but Ford is hoping a few modest updates will allow the Edge to maintain an edge. The biggest update here is found in the center of the dash, where Ford is hoping a huge ass new display will make this aging crossover look youthful again.
Ford has essentially swapped out the center stack insert in the 2021 Edge with a new 12-inch touchscreen display. The massive screen is going to house Ford Sync 4A, the latest and greatest iteration of the Ford Sync infotainment system. This iteration includes cloud connectivity and natural voice recognition. Edge buyers will also appreciate support for wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
While there are no design updates–unless you call the new big screen a design change–Ford does note they are slotting in a new ceramic trim on the top-tier Titanium Elite trim. Aside from the trim change, Ford notes there will be a new cloth interior trim option on the SEL trim level.
Outside Ford is also giving the Edge’s grille some new finishes, but honestly, no one is really going to notice the difference from today’s version. There’s also a new lineup of wheel designs to help inject of newness.
In an era where screen size seems to be the new great race in automotive excellence, the 2021 Ford Edge will certainly have an upper hand over its competitors. Is the big screen and modest design updates enough to keep it fresh against some very stiff competition? Time will tell.