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2021 Ford Edge gets refined interior, including new 12-inch infotainment screen

The Edge now has an available 12-inch infotainment screen.

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The 2021 Ford Edge has been refined for the new model year as the SUV continues its second-generation runs as part of the Ford stable. The most noticeable changes are to the Ford's interior where new technologies bring the Edge into line with its more advanced fellow SUVs, most notably the fresh Escape and Explorer.

"Ford Edge is the choice for tech-savvy customers on the go," said Angela Cascaden, Edge marketing manager. "It offers standard Ford Co-Pilot360 technologies with driver assist features. And with SYNC 4A with over-the-air updates, customers can get the latest tech and services from Ford at any time – no dealership visit required."

2021 Ford Edge A new interior color scheme is available on Edge Titanium Elite models.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Among the technological enhancements for the 2021 model year are the SYNC 4A system, which includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and SYNC AppLink. Customers subscribed to SiriusXM with 360L, the 2021 Edge can also provide a curated listening experience with on-demand streamed content and personalized entertainment channels.

At the center of the dashboard is an available 12-inch infotainment screen, which includes optional navigation. The system interacts with the cloud to offer conversational voice recognition technology. This allows users to request information from the system as they would in real life from a person like, "Find me the best Thai restaurant." This conversational technique also allows text and messaging capability.

Information on the screen can be split into larger and smaller windows. Ford offers an example: "If a customer wants to keep their navigation route on the screen while changing songs, they can choose to display the radio or other streaming music services in the Adaptive Dash Cards display area."

The SYNC system includes a digital owners manual that allows for more in-depth product information than what you'd find in a typical owners manual including streamable videos and searchable databases.

2021 Ford Edge The owners manual is now digital and available to be seen in-car on the screen.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The 2021 Edge becomes the first Ford SUV to offer Ford Co-Pilot360 as standard. Its suite of driver assist and safety technology includes active parts assist, evasive steering assist, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go and lane centering, and a 180-degree front camera.

Ford is giving the SUV new interior Ceramic color scheme options for 2021 on Titanium Elite models and a cloth interior option for Edge SEL models. Buyers also have the option of getting an Edge in the newly available Carbonized Gray and Lithium Gray paint jobs.

2021 Ford Edge The exterior of the Edge ST remains relatively the same.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The 2021 Edge will arrive at dealership lots near you soon.

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New technology is embedded into the brake caliper.

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Brembo is celebrating 60 years of brand braking history with the debut of a bit of its future. The New G Sessanta Concept is a peek at what the company sees as the future of mobility. It was inspired by the first brake caliper for motorbikes produced by the company, an innovation in 1972.

The company says that the core of the concept is LED technology, which is applied directly to the body of the caliper, a feature that is adaptable to every type of caliper they craft. Brembo sees the tech as being able to enhance the caliper's form and function serving as both an interface and an aesthetic. It will be able to "communicate directly with the user" and "adapt to the user's tastes and preferences". A new video released by Brembo shows the LED color changing via a smartphone app.

 New G Sessanta Concept The New G Sessanta Concept features interactive tech.Photo courtesy of Brembo

Brembo is often known for using bright, flashy colors on its calipers and the new light plays on that. The New G Sessanta is designed to be customizable via wireless technology. When a vehicle equipped with the caliper is stopped, the user can control the desired shade of light to express mood, enhance the style of the bike, or adapt it to the surroundings.

Additionally, the LEDs could use color and light to relay data and information regarding the conditions of the vehicle and caliper itself, or even help localize a parked vehicle by emitting a courtesy light.

Watch the video below to see the vision of the New G Sessanta come to life.

BREMBO “NEW G SESSANTA”: THE NEW BRAKE CALIPER CONCEPT SET TO SHAPE THE FUTURE OF MOBILITY www.youtube.com

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Motul has released a new line of lubricants for "rad" era vehicles.

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Motul has been around for 168 years, far longer than automobiles. The new Classic Line of lubricants have been specifically formulated for cars slightly newer, those that are members of the "rad" era. Motul's Classic Line features oils, detergents, and additives that the company has engineered to enhance the performance of older powertrains while offering improved protection.

Each Classic Line lubricant features an additive package with high-zinc (ZDDP) and molybdenum (moly) for reduced friction and increased power. Synthetic base oils and adapted detergent levels of each formulation are suited for metals and gasket materials that are common of the era of vehicle manufacturing. Advanced additives ensure that the lubricants meet or exceed American Petroleum Institute (API) standards.

Motul Eighties 10W30 Motul's Eighties formulation is made for forced induction engine vehicles.Photo courtesy of Motul

The Classic Line's products have high-adhesion properties that are designed to provide excellent cold flow properties to prevent engine wear during start-ups and to coat and protect engine internals and running gear during the periods of prolonged storage that collector vehicles often experience.

Motul Modern Classic Eighties 10W40 meets the needs of forced induction engines while Modern Classic Nineties 10W30 was designed for the demands of high-revving engines with more modern valvetrains. Both Modern Classic oils are the first products to offer high ZDDP and moly for "rad" era collector cars from these two decades.

To get the new 2100 Classic Oil 15W50, Motul revised its 2100 oil to better lubricate and protect naturally aspirated and forced induction engines with flat tappet cams common to the vehicles in the 1970s and beyond.

Motul Classic 10W50 Classic vehicles have different needs and their lubricants have a different formation than Eighties and Nineties branded oils.Photo courtesy of Motul

Classic Oil 20W50 is designed for hot rods, muscle cars, and collector vehicles, and uses additive packages fortified with ~1,800 ppm of ZDDP. According to Motul, this oil provides "improved protection for flat tappet or high-lift cams and high-performance engines with tighter tolerances and older elastomer gaskets; the medium detergent level also makes Classic Oil 20W50 an appropriate break-in oil for newly refurbished engines".

Straight-weight Classic Oil SAE 30 and SAE 50 are mineral monograde engine oils with low detergent levels, blended specifically for gasoline or diesel four-stroke engines generally produced before 1950.

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