Ford Adding Big Boy Touchscreen to 2021 Edge

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ford adding big boy touchscreen to 2021 edge

Despite rumors that the current-generation Ford Edge will be the company’s last, Blue Oval has decided to give the crossover a 12-inch touchscreen as standard equipment for 2021. You probably didn’t ask for it, you definitely don’t need it, and it will likely increase the chances of a horrific accident when someone has to take their eyes off the road to use it. But it’s coming and will be the largest-in-class center stack screen going into production, trumping the optional 10.1-inch unit that’s available on the larger Ford Explorer.

Fortunately, it doesn’t seem to take up much more real estate, as the automaker has chosen to install it portrait style. But it does appear to be supplanting psychical climate controls while leaving knobs for the volume and radio turning/track selection. Other updates to the 2021 Edge include fresh wheel designs, additional interior trim choices, and a couple of new exterior colors ⁠— both of which happen to be shades of gray.

But the big get here is the enlarged touchscreen, which the manufacturer promised would receive the latest version of Ford’s infotainment software (Sync 4A). This opens the door for over-the-air updates and new (purchasable) features that can be sold to the customer without their having to visit the dealership. It also comes with Wi-Fi-enabled Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, as well as Sync’s AppLink.

That means there’s no need to plug in your phone, though more occupants can if they wish since the 2021 Ford Edge adds two additional USB ports (one of them USB-C) for a grand total of four places to charge mobile devices. The company has yet to announce pricing for the model, but trim levels will once again include SE, SEL, Titanium, ST, and ST-Line ⁠— the latter of which offers the looks of the standard ST with none of the performance.

Beyond that, the car appears to be mostly unchanged. Major mechanical components will presumably carry over entirely with any remaining upgrades being cosmetic ⁠— minus the spruced up software/screen and the automaker’s now-standard Co-Pilot360 driver assistance features. But there’s likely to be a few options missing as this car edges closer to the grave so its probably worth checking for changes to equipment packages once order forms are made available. Pricing is also TBD but assumed congruent with previous model years. Ford said anticipate the 2021 Edge to grace dealerships within the next few months, noting that it was directed at “tech-savvy customers on the go.”

[Images: Ford Motor Co.]

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  • Jkross22 Jkross22 on Oct 29, 2020

    As gratifying as it is to beat up on Ford for stupid decisions, slapping on a bigger screen seems like a good call. I think these big screens are as obnoxious here as they are in a Tesla, but many buyers disagree. Car buyers are the same people who walk into Best Buy to shop for TVs and are drawn like bunnies to the shiniest, brightest one. Many people are dumb, and this is appealing to the most dim among us. Putting larger and larger distracting screens in cars is asking for more accidents. It's astoundingly stupid.

  • Mopar4wd Mopar4wd on Oct 29, 2020

    Mildly amazed they still build these. I'm sure they must sell them in other markets but here in the Northeast they are very uncommon.

    • Gasser Gasser on Oct 29, 2020

      Lots and lots of these around L.A.; look in the Avis and Hertz lots.

  • VoGhost This is the only new vehicle I have the slightest interest in.
  • VoGhost I love it. Can't wait to get one. Finally, trucks are becoming actually capable, and it's great for America.
  • Peter Just waiting for Dr. Who to show up with his Tardis, and send these things back to the hellish dark dimension from which they came.
  • W Conrad I'm not really a truck person, but even I would consider one, I'd never get a CyberTruck in a million years. It's butt ugly.
  • NotMyCircusNotMyMonkeys par for the course teething pains. makes me wonder what it was like 100+ years ago trying it with lead acid at the time. steam cars were also a thing back then :)