Crossover gets hot-hatch thinking, more tech — Ford Edge ST

Thursday, 11 Jan, 2018

The 2019 Ford Edge ST has been tuned by the Ford Performance Team and is powered by a 2.7L twin-turbocharged V6 that generates 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft. of torque. That engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, standard all-wheel drive with selectable traction control.

"Edge ST puts a new animal on the road - a performance SUV with a track mentality", says Hau Thai-Tang, executive vice president-Product Development and Purchasing. Ford, keen on finding out if the crossover craze and the innate gearhead love of performance have an intersecting point on the vehicular Venn diagram, chose to kick things up a notch by offering the new Edge in ST trim.

The Edge ST offers a Sport Mode that provides heightened throttle response, rev-matched downshifts on braking, sharper engine braking and gear-holding in cornering. The seats get extra bolstering and an ST badge, which also appears on the steering wheel.

2018 Ford Performance Lineup
The Ford Performance

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 will bring Ford's SUV lineup up-to-speed with crosstown rivals General Motors Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, which previous year unveiled performance trims for full-size SUV models. There are also additional standard perks - forward collision warning, pre-collision assist, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, and automatic high beams. In addition, standard safety features include AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control and Curve Control, and 911 Assist. Evasive steering assist helps a driver avoid a collision with "steering support" to get around an obstacle in the case of imminent impact.

"Forty-six percent of the people who buy Edge today are women", said Cristina Aquino, brand manager or Edge and EcoSport, a small crossover. It will arrive from the factory with a stiffer suspension tune and be available in four new colors, most notable of which is the Ford Performance blue that you see in the pictures. Using the FordPass app, drivers can also use their smartphone to start, lock, unlock and locate their Edge. Drivers can also upgrade to SYNC 3 with an 8-inch touchscreen for enhanced in-vehicle experience.

In the US Ford has also improved the standard kit list on the Edge, but it's not yet know if that will be reflected on United Kingdom models. The eight-speed auto comes with stop/start. The new Edge makes its debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Full LED headlamps are standard, LED fog lamps and signature lighting are available and a redesigned hood imparts a wider, more planted stance.