Ford Edge ST revealed as proper performance variant

Ford Edge ST revealed as proper performance variant

The Edge ST is the first SUV from the Ford Performance division.

It is mated to a newly designed 8-speed transmission with Auto Start-Stop technology that efficiently turns the engine off when the vehicle is stopped and idling, then seamlessly restarts in milliseconds when the brake is released.

The reign of the sedan is over-mowed down by the fuel-sipping Escapes and EcoBoost-powered Expeditions-and it's for that reason that Ford made a decision to funnel its R&D money into the all-new Edge crossover.

Under the hood sits the same 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 as the Edge Sport, but instead of 315 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque, the Edge ST offers up 335 hp and 380 lb-ft.

None of the bug numbers are out yet, but we expect the Edge ST to come close to the 17/24 mpg city/highway of the Edge Sport.

While the Edge ST may not be offered to United Kingdom buyers, standard models in the United Kingdom will benefit from the raft of visual changes such as the reshaped headlamps and grille brought in by the facelifted model. 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. The starting price for the 2019 Ford Edge ST crossover has been set at $40,675.

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Unless we're mistaken, this is the first ST crossover and the only vehicle designed deliberately with USA buyers in mind.

The Edge is built at Ford's Oakville Assembly Plant in Oakville, ON, Canada.

What we do know is that the spec of the auto is unique to the ST. Ford Australia has said the Endura range will go on sale with only diesel engines under their bonnets when the vehicle launches later this year.

The new Edge ST has an "elevated sense of design", with more bold and aggressive stance, said Steve Gilmore, the SUV's design manager. The grille is taller, wider, and deeper than that on the outgoing crossover, although it doesn't look disproportionately huge thanks to the fact that there's now some separation between it and the headlamps. To free up space in the cabin, Ford removed the standard gear selector and replaced it with a knob that automatically shifts into park if doors are opened to prevent an FCA-like rollaway fiasco.

Visually, the Edge ST gets unique front and rear styling, with more aggressive grille and bumper treatments front and rear, unique dual exhaust outlets, a unique 21-inch wheel options, along with ST-branded badging inside and out. The body color is also extended further down on the front and sides of the vehicle. The Dearborn-based automaker sold 142,603 Edges a year ago, making it the third-best selling SUV for the company.

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