Ford Edge SUV sharpens up its act

Ford Edge SUV sharpens up its act

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.

The American manufacturer introduced the 2019 Edge ST on Thursday ahead of the model's official debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It will bring Ford's SUV lineup up-to-speed with crosstown rivals General Motors Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, which previous year unveiled performance trims for full-size SUV models. 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.

That motor puts out 335hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. But in the ST the transmission will also get paddle shifters and a Sport mode that alters shift points.

Out back, the 2019 Edge ST sports unique dual exhaust outlets and an aggressive lower diffuser, which when tied together with the new front end and the new wheels makes for one great-looking mid-sized SUV.

Aside from the ST, the 2019 Edge gets a styling update and a hefty boost in safety technology, among other things. Seeing that driving fans are less interested in the Ecosport, Ford may decide to go all out and launch the crossover with the ST trim. We expect 0 to 60 miles per hour to come in the low-5-second range, and Crocker tells us that the Ford Performance division, which helped develop the vehicle, has stringent braking and handling requirements that must be met in order for something to wear the badge.

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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.

Feast your eyes on the new Ford Edge ST, the sharpest version of Dearborn's midsize crossover yet. A 12-speaker premium audio system by Harman is available, as is the Sync 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch screen. Along with a new sleek grille these features help the Edge look shorter and wider, more like a sports vehicle than a top-heavy SUV, and help give the Edge more modernity by rounding off the, ahem, edges.

These add to the existing forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, high-beam assist, hill-start assist and reversing camera.

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. "Bringing a host of new technologies as standard and introducing these segment-first features helps ensure customers feel more confident behind the wheel".