Ford unveils all-new Edge ST before Detroit auto show

Ford unveils all-new Edge ST before Detroit auto show

"From a performance standpoint, and with its SUV silhouette and versatility, it set a new standard Edge fans will love to drive".

An understated mid-sized people mover, the Edge may seem an unlikely place for Ford to start spicing up its SUV line. The engine's also mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission (instead of the old six-speed slushbox), with standard all-wheel drive - but while the steering wheel has paddle shifters, sadly a manual is not available.

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. This, of course, means the Edge ST is powered exclusively by Ford's twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6, which generates 335 horsepower 380 pound-feet of torque.

The Edge ST features aggressive bodywork and 21-inch wheels with summer performance tires.

Where the Edge ST has it exactly right is turning up the wick even further and giving it some extra equipment, although at what cost we don't quite know. 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.


The 2019 Edge is scheduled to go on sale in late summer and will make its public debut at the North American International Auto Show on January 14.

In terms of looks, the new Edge ST SUV stands out from the other 2019 Ford Edge vehicles by featuring deeper side skirts, a black hexagonal grille, and dual exhaust outlets.

ST is the model designation Ford reserves for performance versions of various passenger cars, e.g. But Ford's approach to the Edge ST is significant in that many so-called performance models are little more than appearance packages with no changes under the hood. Both hardware and software are tuned for maximum performance, with ST-tuned sport suspension and Pirelli P-Zeros hugging the corners while the optional performance brakes can handle the heat if the sport-tuned stability control system can't cope with driver aggression.

It gets better for those living in the U.S. though. This includes forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and lane keep assist, post collision automatic braking and LED headlights with automatic high beams. There's a WiFi hotspot that'll let you connect up to 10 devices, and Ford says you can also upgrade to an eight-inch touchscreen.

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