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

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

It's the first Ford crossover to boast some serious performance tweaks, so here's a sneak peek.

Well, that soon will change.

Ford Motor Co said on Thursday it will make automatic emergency brakes standard on two key 2019 models, an effort by the No. 2 USA automaker to catch up with rivals in offering the new technology created to help vehicles avoid collisions.

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. On top of presenting a more aggressive demeanor by a reworked front fascia, a lowered suspension and blacked-out wheels, the Edge ST gets Ford's 2.7-litre, twin-turbo EcoBoost V6. As U.S. auto buyers continue their mass migration into utility vehicles, some are bringing along their preference for performance once sated by Taurus SHO sport sedans and Focus ST hot hatches.

It's only two years since the Ford Edge SUV arrived in the United Kingdom market as a big brother to the Kuga and Ecosport in Ford's SUV range, but it's already getting a bit of a facelift.

Of course, today's buyer requires more than just performance. And the 2019 Edge adds the latest version of Ford's Sync infotainment system and the Ford Pass Connect package of services. More importantly efficiency has additional gains from the switch from a six-speed automatic to an eight-speed gearbox - which is now operated via a new rotary knob, instead of the classic gear lever. "Why not have the performance elements of cars migrate to SUVs, too?"

It's the most powerful engine that Ford's ever fitted in this model - edging out, so to speak, the larger 3.5-liter atmospheric V6 with its 280 hp and 315 lb-ft.




Both the new Ford Edge and all-new Edge ST are set to hit showrooms this summer.

The second-generation Ford Edge may look like a hot hatch on stilts, but it has always lacked the necessary muscle to go like one. Inside, more aggressively bolstered front seats join an ST logo on the wheel, seatbacks, and sill plates.

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.

The new ST accompanies a refresh for the entire Edge lineup, which Ford calls its "medium-utility" vehicle.

Ford Motor Co. announced on Thursday that it would make the automatic emergency brakes a standard feature on two of its key models for 2019.

There's a new onboard WiFi system capable of connecting to as many as 10 different wireless devices, even if you're outside the vehicle, say, for a tailgate party.

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