Ford Edge ST Unveiled Ahead Of Detroit Auto Show

Marie Harrington
January 13, 2018

Starting this summer, enthusiasts can purchase the all-new 2019 Edge ST-the first sport utility vehicle designed by Ford Performance.

The more interesting option is the new ST trim, which replaces the Sport in the Edge lineup.

The standard powertrain for non-ST Edge models is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four making 250 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque, also with an eight-speed automatic.

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

Ford didn't say if the new Edge ST would come with the same courtesies, but here's hoping we all get a chance to hustle a 2-ton SUV around a track.

Distinguishable from its lesser-powered brethren, you'll spot a wider grille, deeper side skirts and dual exhausts.

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Inside, the Edge ST offers unique seats with additional bolstering, while design cues on the steering wheel, seat backs, and scuff plates remind that this SUV has been given the Ford Performance touch.

Dimensionally, the interior is unchanged, as are the materials.

Step into the cabin, and the Edge shows Ford's renewed commitment to technology.

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. A 12-speaker B&O Play system from Harman will handle audio. It is also mated to the eight-speed automatic, but the transmission gets a special tune and different gear ratios.

The Edge ST will be shown off in the metal at the Detroit Motor Show next week when further details will be revealed. Statistics show that the vast majority of USA auto buyers usually purchase utility vehicles while others preserve their preference for performance. Ford's Sync with AppLink infotainment and communications feature is also standard, and goes beyond vehicle systems, allowing owners to remotely manage personal matters such as daily appointments and home electronics via the Ford+Alexa app. Both should help propel the new Edge ST to 60 miles per hour quicker than the 5.6 seconds we've recorded in the Edge Sport.

Naturally plenty of driver-assistance technologies are standard, including forward-collision warning with dynamic brake support, pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist, auto high beam, and hill-start assist. Post Collision Braking, Evasive Steering Assist, enhanced adaptive cruise control and wireless device charging are among the new technology features offered on the 2019 Edge.

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