Edge ST Revealed, Ford's First Performance SUV


In recent years, Ford has rolled out a variety of performance variants on the passenger vehicle side, such as the tire squealing Focus ST.

"Edge ST puts a new animal on the road - a performance SUV with a track mentality", Hau Thai-Tang, executive VP of product development and purchasing said. The Edge ST promises improved handling and braking with an ST-tuned suspension. It features the twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 found in the Fusion Sport, but making slightly more power here - 335 hp and 380 pounds-feet of torque. Ford has sold 2 million Edges globally and 1.3 million in North America. This includes a large central grille opening and unique sculpting through the middle and bottom of the front fascia, introducing the same basic angular design that gives the ST cars their aggressive face.

Ordinarily the revisions to the Ford Edge for the 2019 model year would be characterized as an extensive freshening-updates to the exterior, interior, and electronics, but no changes to the basic sedan-derived architecture: chassis dimensions and structure carry over.

Visually, the ST is marked out by 21-inch alloy wheels, deeper front and rear bumpers plus a dual-exhaust setup. Ford will unveil its new 2019 Edge ST crossover SUV at the Detroit Auto Show next week. A 12-speaker B&O Play system from Harman will handle audio. Full LED headlamps are standard, LED fog lamps and signature lighting are available and a redesigned hood imparts a wider, more planted stance.

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The Edge ST will have a Sport mode and a fast shifting 8-speed transmission.

Of all the adjective and verb-laden names in Ford's SUV lineup, Edge stands as the lifestyle player, dedicated to those who can spend their time and money on themselves rather than on raising a family.

All-wheel drive is standard on ST models, optional on the basic Edge. The FordPass Connect multimedia connectivity system with Wi-Fi will be standard, enabling the connection of up to 10 wireless personal electronic devices, and enabling communication with smartphones via the FordPass app. It's like the existing Edge Sport, only more so.

Nevertheless, compared to the previous Edge, the new model has expanded its suite of driver-assist and safety technologies to include post-collision braking, evasive-steering assist, and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go and lane-centring functions. There are also additional standard perks - forward collision warning, pre-collision assist, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, and automatic high beams. Both the new Ford Edge and all-new Edge ST are set to hit showrooms this summer.