Ford's First Performance-Enhanced SUV Joins the Lineup — Edge ST

Katrina Barker
January 13, 2018

A new ST version was recently revealed as the hero of the Ford Edge SUV range in the United States, replacing the former Sport variant, but unfortunately it isn't likely we will see the revamped model here any time soon. Analysts speculate the compact Escape and subcompact EcoSport will be next in line for the ST upgrade. The 2019 model is a mild redo, with new headlights, bumpers and taillights; it maintains the fenders, roof and door panels from the previous model.

Like all Ford ST products, the Edge ST is getting a unique look to match its more-powerful nature.

Also making its debut in Detroit is the regular 2019 Edge, seen in our photo gallery in Deep Red paint and Titanium trim. The new Ford vehicle and its variants will reportedly be shown at the Detroit Auto Show next week.

Interior of the new Ford Edge. 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. The Sync app link will also enable in-vehicle Amazon Alexa home connectivity.

The other Edge engine choices continue to be a 2.0-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder (245 hp, 275 lb-ft, up 5 hp and 5 lb-ft from 2017) and naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 (280 hp, 250 lb-ft).

That, in turn, is fixed to a "quick-shifting" eight-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel-drive. It's like the existing Edge Sport, only more so.

The 2019 Edge ST marks the first Ford SUV to wear the ST badge; a badge reserved for vehicles developed with the assistance of Ford Performance. In the Edge, the ST engine produces 335 horsepower and 380 lb. -ft. of torque, slightly less than F-150's 400 lb. -ft., but still an increase over the current Edge Sport, which also uses the 2.7L, albeit tuned to 315 horsepower and 350 lb. -ft. of torque.

Select the "Sport" mode, and you'll get a sharper throttle response and shifts that hold on to those revs for longer, sharper engine braking and a louder exhaust. Edge ST also sports styled wheels, high-performance tires and an available performance brake package. There are also additional standard perks - forward collision warning, pre-collision assist, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, and automatic high beams.

Revealed ahead of a public debut at this month's Detroit Motor Show, the titivated Edge isn't actually expected to arrive in the United Kingdom and Europe until 2019, but the reveal gives us a pretty clear idea of what Ford will be offering in the UK's Edge facelift then.

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