Ford unveils Edge ST Performance SUV

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The Edge ST - the first application of the Ford Performance Team-enhanced trim level in an SUV from the Dearborn automaker - replaces the smoke-and-mirrors Edge Sport in the lineup. On top of presenting a more aggressive demeanor by a reworked front fascia, a lowered suspension and blacked-out wheels, the Edge ST gets Ford's 2.7-litre, twin-turbo EcoBoost V6.

In contrast, the Edge ST gets true performance hardware starting with a 335-hp, 380-lb. -ft.

Performance figures are yet to be finalised, though it's expected the Edge ST will better the 6.2-second 0-60mph (0-96km/h) acceleration time of the Edge Sport. There's also steering-mounted paddle shifters to allow for manual shifts where desired.

To help it stand out from the rest of the 2019 Edge models, the Edge ST features unique front and rear styling with a mesh grille, sportier side skirts and dual-exhaust outlets. It rides on unique 21-inch wheels and has special design cues on the inside.

Using the Edge to bring the ST performance line to Ford's array of crossover-utility vehicles is no surprise.

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Technology for a Connected World Inside, drivers will find an available wireless charging pad nestled in the forward media bin, and they can opt for an upgraded audio experience, HD Radio and a 12-speaker B&O PLAY Premium Audio System by HARMAN specially tuned for Edge.

Put the SUV into Sport Mode and the song the Edge ST makes gets even heavier and more visceral. All models have a redesigned center console housing the rotary gearshift dial Ford's rolled out on some of its vehicles.

Ford will unveil its new 2019 Edge ST crossover SUV at the Detroit Auto Show next week. Built in North America, the Edge has also been given upgraded safety technology, with post-collision braking, evasive steering assistance and adaptive control now available in the car's home country. Four new body colors and an equal number of new wheel choices ensure that customers can differentiate their Edges from the rest easily, all the while standard LED headlamps as well as LED taillights and optional LED fog lights add a touch of newness and ensure that there's no confusing this with a auto from yesteryear at night. An embedded modem comes standard on all 2019 Ford Edge models, meaning it gets onboard 4G LTE access and a built-in mobile WiFi hotspot that can support up to ten devices.

The Ford Edge ST's software also plays nice with Amazon's Alexa voice service, allowing users to interact with the digital assistant straight from the vehicle.

For those unfamiliar with the Ford Edge, it's a 4-door hatchback that can fit five passengers, with sufficient cargo space.

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