Ford is introducing its first all-wheel drive disconnect system in the 2019 Edge, which uses artificial intelligence to decide when it needs to send the power to all the wheels or just the front. The system uses dozens of sensors and a new “electronic brain” to calculate faster than a human brain if it needs to send power to the rear wheels if the wheels are slipping.
The all-wheel drive disconnect system uses fuzzy logic to determine if all-wheel or front-wheel drive is needed and it can make a change in as little as 10 milliseconds. The system can also distribute 100 percent of the power to the front or rear wheels when needed. Ford also says that the new all-wheel drive system help reduce fuel consumption.
The all-wheel drive 2019 Ford Edge is rated at 21/28 mpg, while the front-wheel drive Edge is rated at 22/29 mpg. The 2019 Ford Edge ST with its 335-hp 2.7L EcoBoost V6 is only available with all-wheel drive and it’s rated at 19/26 mpg.
The 2019 Ford Edge and Edge ST models will arrive later this month.