Ford gives Edge the ST treatment

Posted January 13, 2018

That's right, a hot SUV with a sprinkling of Ford Performance magic is coming.

Well, that soon will change. The said vehicle is titled the 2019 Ford Edge ST and it is set to be revealed for the first time at the Detroit Auto Show. Jonathan Crocker, the Vehicle Engineering Manager for the 2019 Ford Edge, explains that the first-ever Edge ST isn't a "narrow-use" performance vehicle made for the "weekend warrior", like the STs of the past.

Ford plans to bring some spice to the crossover segment with the launch of its Edge ST, a performance-oriented version of its five-seat, midsize SUV. Under the hood is the same 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, but it's been dialed up from 315-hp and 350lb-ft of torque to 335-hp and 380 lb-ft of torque.

The engine is linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted SelectShift paddle shifters and drives all four wheels via a standard AWD system with selectable traction control. This mode ups throttle response, alters shift mapping and holds gears longer while, presumably, drifting through corners with the family and dog in back, although there is no "drift mode" per se.

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"ST" stands for "Sport Technologies", and in the present day, it's come to be associated with small, engaging, sporty performance hatchbacks like the Ford Fiesta ST, Ford Focus ST, and... that's it.

The brakes are now part of a group of standard features for safety on the Edge, said Ford, including technology that helps to detect objects as well as pedestrians and help prevent collisions by braking and steering automatically for drivers.

Of course, today's buyer requires more than just performance.

Step forward, the brand-new Ford Edge ST. "Why not have the performance elements of cars migrate to SUVs, too?" It rides on unique 21-inch wheels and has special design cues on the inside. This direct-injection turbocharged engine gets 250 hp, an increase of 5 hp, and 275 lb-ft of torque. By contrast, the Ford Edge ST seems a bit half-hearted and restrained.

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The vehicle also has an embedded modem and Wi-Fi, able to fire up a hot spot with a 50-foot range, allowing up to 10 devices to connect to it.

Edge sales have improved steadily in the competitive and rapidly growing Middle CUV segment in the USA, hitting 142,603 units previous year when it was Ford's fastest-growing SUV brand at 6.0%, according to WardsAuto data.

The 2019 Ford Edge is expected to arrive in showrooms this summer. 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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