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Ford Edge ST revealed as proper performance variant

Ford Edge ST revealed as proper performance variant

The move toward ST could signal a sea change for Ford Performance.

Non-ST Edge models are also gaining an updated version of Ford's 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder with 5 additional horsepower and start-stop technology.

The more interesting option is the new ST trim, which replaces the Sport in the Edge lineup.

Much like the Fusion, the Edge will be fitted with a 355-horsepower 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V-6, all-wheel-drive and an automatic transmission - albeit an eight-speed, as opposed to six - with paddle shifters. The engine is paired with standard all-wheel drive and a fast shifting 8-speed automatic transmission. 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.

Ford is upping its safety game on the 2019 Edge by making a lot of electronic safety equipment standard.

As with the rest of the high-performance Ford vehicles, consumers will be able to opt for a performance package which will include upgraded brakes and suspension.

Another new thing, the latest ST crossover SUV brings to the table is programming for better traction and stability control, sporting relaxed modes that allow for more leeway before intervening.

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Of course, today's buyer requires more than just performance. In this mode the vehicle will have optimal engine and transmission performance.

Ford product planners sent the engineering wonks in Ford Performance a key to the Ford Edge, and they responded the only way they know how: with the brand new Ford Edge ST. Unique 21-inch wheels are available and you'll find interior design cues on the steering wheel, seat backs and scuff plates to provide a subtle reminder that this five-passenger SUV is something special.

That motor puts out 335hp and 380 lb-ft of torque.

On the heels of its hottest year for sport-utility vehicle sales, Ford unveiled a new 2019 Edge SUV with an aggressive cosmetic and technology overhaul.

With a wider grille and freshened fascia that create an athletic, modern appearance, the new Edge maintains the reputation for sophistication it's carried for more than a decade. An embedded Wi-Fi modem capable of supporting 10 devices up to 50 feet (15 m) from the vehicle is standard.

Ford is expected to show off the new models at the Detroit auto show next week. Drivers can also upgrade to SYNC 3 with an 8-inch touchscreen for enhanced in-vehicle experience.


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