Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Science | By Eileen Rhodes

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

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

The Edge ST - Ford's first-ever race-ready ute - joins the hot-hatch Fiesta ST, the Focus ST and rally-ready Focus RS, the Shelby 350 and 350R Mustangs, the F-150 Raptor mega-pickup, and the $400,000 roadgoing version of the Le Mans-winning GT supercar.

But Ford, by applying an ST badge to its new high-performance version of the 2019 Edge, has raised an interesting question: Is vehicle performance truly the only essential character quality of an ST, or has the badge come to stand for something more?

The features for the vehicle have been explained elaborately and for power, the Edge ST has a 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 with 335 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. It's mated to a standard eight-speed automatic transmission, which is also new for 2019.

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. There's also an ST-tuned suspension and an available performance brake package. 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. That trans has paddle shifters.

Put the SUV into Sport Mode and the song the Edge ST makes gets even heavier and more visceral. A new eight-speed automatic gearbox takes care of putting the power down.

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.

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Built at the Oakville Assembly Plant in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, the new Ford Edge and all-new Edge ST are due to arrive in showrooms this summer.

Ford adds a suite of driver-assistance technology to all '19 Edge models including forward collision braking and post-collision braking, pedestrian detection, lane-keeping alert and assist and blindspot and cross-traffic alert.

An understated mid-sized people mover, the Edge may seem an unlikely place for Ford to start spicing up its SUV line.

Outside, however, the Edge looks exactly how an ST should. The upgraded Sync 3 system expands on the range of possibilities, and includes an 8.0-inch touch screen and a 12-speaker Bang and Olufsen premium audio.

The auto 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. Given that the engine only makes 5 extra horsepower over its predecessor yet features stop-start technology, expect the majority of improvement to be seen in fuel economy.

Ford's typical oval grille is larger than on the standard auto, and includes wider mesh to allow the Edge to take in more air.

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