Ford Enters Performance SUV Segment With 355-Horsepower 2019 Edge ST

Saul Franklin
January 12, 2018

Although Ford is branding the sportier Edge as an ST, the SUV interestingly seems to have more in common with the Fusion Sport than the Focus or Fiesta ST models.

Performance upgrades like what the Edge ST will offer typically capture male buyers.

Under the hood of the Edge ST will be the same 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 that's already in the Edge Sport, but in the ST it will be tuned to develop 20 horsepower and 30 lb. -ft. more torque that it does in the Edge Sport. That will help it get 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. That is connected to a quicker-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission that routes power to all four wheels. The eight-speed transmission with steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters is also ready to push the vehicle harder than one might on runs to the grocery store.

Styling-wise, you'll recognize the Edge ST thanks to the new front end with a wide mesh grille and aggressive bumper, deep side skirts, unique 21-inch wheels, and muscular rear bumper with dual-exhaust outlets.

Meanwhile, a new Edge ST is set to appear on the United States market only.

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Of course, those cars all fall short of the eminent "ST" designation on performance, which the 2019 Ford Edge ST has very little risk of doing.

It's only two years since the Ford Edge SUV arrived in the United Kingdom market as a big brother to the Kuga and Ecosport in Ford's SUV range, but it's already getting a bit of a facelift. 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.

The Edge, which will be on sale starting this summer, is offering new safety features that are optional including a cruise control system with sophisticated options, and an automatic steering assist that helps to avoid possible crashes.

An updated version of Ford's king-size family SUV has been revealed at the 2018 Detroit Motor Show.

The new Edge - including all-new Edge ST - is Ford's smartest SUV ever, and every model comes standard with more driver-assist technology than any other midsize SUV. The 8-speed auto and all-wheel-drive are standard, while revised suspension improve handling, and bigger brakes are optional. Standard equipment includes Forward Collision Warning and Dynamic Brake Support; Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection; BLIS with Cross-Traffic Alert; Lane-Keeping Alert; Lane-Keeping Assist; Auto High Beams; and Hill-Start Assist. Drivers can also upgrade to SYNC 3 with an 8-inch touchscreen for enhanced in-vehicle experience.

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