The Ford Edge ST Is The Warmed-Up SUV We Weren't Expecting

Sharper Edge: Ford Announces 2019 Ford Edge ST

For example, the Blue Oval has chose to showcase there - in front of the worldwide audience of the North American International Auto Show - the updated Ford Edge midsize SUV, complete with the all-new introduction of the ST version.

Coinciding with the 2019 facelift for the US Ford Edge, Ford is introducing a performance ST variant for the first time. 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. A new-to-Ford 8-speed transmission and drive-mode-selectable all-wheel drive are standard, with red-caliper performance brakes, 21-in. wheels and summer tires optional.

The Edge ST also will have an available performance brake package that we assume will add six-piston Brembo calipers.

"Edge ST puts a new animal on the road - a performance SUV with a track mentality", said Hau Thai-Tang, executive vice president of product development and purchasing.




New styling will set the ST aside from the standard updated Edge, with a wider mesh and side skirts ideally conveying a more powerful stance to the ST. The ST model gets some more heavily bolstered seats and unique leather patterns with silver seat stitching, along with different sill plates, a unique gauge cluster and an ST-branded steering wheel. Edge models will come standard with FordPass Connect, a WiFi hotspot that can connect up to 10 devices. The move to a new electronically controlled eight-speed automatic transmission sees a new rotary shifter installed in the console, just like in the larger Explorer. A 12-speaker B&O Play system from Harman will handle audio. Statistics show that the vast majority of United States auto buyers usually purchase utility vehicles while others preserve their preference for performance. You've got a new 8-speed automatic sending power to the AWD.

The Edge has been a popular midsize SUV choice for those needing more space than the Escape without the size of the Explorer or all-new, full-size Expedition.

The new ST accompanies a refresh for the entire Edge lineup, which Ford calls its "medium-utility" vehicle.

The second-generation Ford Edge may look like a hot hatch on stilts, but it has always lacked the necessary muscle to go like one. The Sync app link will also enable in-vehicle Amazon Alexa home connectivity. A raft of new safety equipment comes available too, including post-collision braking, evasive steering assist, adaptive cruise and lane centering, but these features will likely only be available in higher trim levels.

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