The Edge got it's name because it was deemed to be a bit “edgier” than the regular Rangers and will offer a host of features designed to appeal to high school and college-age kids, as well as be affordable.
So what does the Ranger Edge have to offer the diaper-and-pacifier set? Most notably, the availability of Ford’s new 4.0-liter SOHC V6, good for 205 horsepower and 240 foot-pounds of torque. That’s a 40-horsepower/15 foot-pounds boost over the current 4.0. The catch here is that this is the optional engine. The Edge comes standard with the venerable Vulcan 3.0-liter V-6 of 150 horses and 185 foot-pounds of torque. The 4-liter is mated to Ford’s new 5-speed adaptive shift automatic transmission, while the standard 3.0 gets the heavy-duty 5-speed manual transmission.
Styling wise, standard on the Edge are exterior treatment details like a power dome hood, powerful grille, complex reflector headlamps, wheel lip moldings, fog lamps, monochromatic color treatment, front tow hooks, painted silver styled wheels, and pickup box rail protectors. Buyers can choose from either the Regular or Super Cab setup, and with either two- or four-wheel drive. If you opt to save weight and complexity and go with the 4x2, you don’t have to give up looks or stance, since both the 4x2 and 4x4 feature the same ride height and off-road look. Cook predicts that the 4x2/4x4 mix will be approximately 50/50 nationwide.
The standard tire/wheel package is 15-inch all around, but you can get the optional 16-inch five-spoke aluminum wheels and 245 OWL A/T tires, which would beef up the Edge’s overall appearance. Other options, and we’re told there will be many, include a bed extender like the one found on the new Sport Trac and a hard tonneau cover. For now, the Edge will be offered only in red, black, and blue, but, according to Cook, a fourth color may join the palette before the intro date this fall. Unique “Edge” graphics will mark the vehicle as special to provide distinction between it and the regular Ranger pickups.
The Edge also will benefit from the general changes make to the Ranger, which include revised front suspension tuning, improved ride quality, improvements in noise, vibration and harshness and an anti-lock system that becomes standard across the Ranger line for the 2001 model year.
Inside, minor upgrades for the Edge include washable flooring and a standard single-disc CD/AM/FM stereo. Again, a six-disc in-dash changer is available as an option.
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