Edge ST Revealed, Ford's First Performance SUV


Ford Motor Co. will introduce an all-new sporty Edge ST to its lineup in 2018.

A new ST version was recently revealed as the hero of the Ford Edge SUV range in the U.S., replacing the former Sport variant, but unfortunately it isn't likely we will see the revamped model here any time soon. 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. The revised engine will also be paired to a new 8-speed automatic transmission. This mode ups throttle response, alters shift mapping and holds gears longer while, presumably, drifting through corners with the family and dog in back, although there is no "drift mode" per se.

The ST package goes beyond a big increase in power by adding bigger brakes, sport suspension tuning, sharpened steering, driver-adjustable traction control, and bigger footprints via all-season tires on 20-inch wheels. Sport mode will also allow for sharper engine braking and, perhaps most importantly, pushes out a more resonant exhaust note. Wheel-mounted paddle shifters are standard on ST. The Edge ST also has dual-exhaust outlets and available unique 21-inch wheels. Featuring fresh styling tweaks, and updated semi-autonomous technology, the 2019 Edge could be a worthy competitor in the SUV space.

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Ford also refreshed the regular Edge with tech features that include the ability to locate, unlock, start, and lock the vehicle with a mobile app and connect up to 10 devices using in-car WiFi.

"Edge drivers expect a sophisticated, modern driving experience", Cristina Aquino, Edge marketing manager said in the release.

Prices haven't been released yet, but Ford expects the new Edge to be in United Kingdom dealers in a year, so expect to see it early in 2019. Edge models will come standard with FordPass Connect, a WiFi hotspot that can connect up to 10 devices. The Edge also has available post-collision braking, which Ford said automatically applies moderate brake pressure in the event of a collision to avoid further injury, damage to the vehicle or a second collision.

SYNC with AppLinkTM, an enhanced voice-recognition communications and entertainment system, is also standard.