The adaptive steering system which is to be standard on the 2016 Ford Edge Sport and available on lesser Titanium models will eventually find its way onto other products within Ford and Lincoln’s lineups, the automaker has announced.
Ford says the adaptive steering system in the 2016 Edge will automatically self adjust the steering ratio to make the steering lighter at low speeds and tighter and more direct at high speeds. The system was developed in conjunction with German automotive supplier TKAG and is controlled through a precision actuator located inside the steering wheel.
“First and foremost, all Ford Motor Company products have to offer a great driving experience,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president for Global Product Development. “This new steering technology can help make vehicles easy to maneuver and fun to drive.”
The adaptive steering system will also soon be available on the S-Max and Galaxy in Europe, and is also expected to find its way onto other Ford products sold in the continent. It could prove to be particularly useful in the city on cars like the C-Max and Fiesta, where low speeds are the norm and light steering is desired to reduce exertion.