Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Ford Edge SUV sharpens up its act

Ford Edge SUV sharpens up its act

That's right, a hot SUV with a sprinkling of Ford Performance magic is coming.

For example, the Blue Oval has chose to showcase there - in front of the worldwide audience of the North American International Auto Show - the updated Ford Edge midsize SUV, complete with the all-new introduction of the ST version.

The heart of the 2019 Ford Edge ST is the uniquely-tuned, 2.7L EcoBoost V6. It's paired to a specially-tuned eight-speed automatic transmission and sends power to the road via an all-wheel drive system.

The new Edge comes standard with a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine that offers a 5 horsepower increase and improved fuel economy over the outgoing model. The Edge designer Steve Gilmore stated that the ST edition is powered by a 335 horsepower twin turbo V-6 engine, and has been created to look "Sinister".

Besides its track-tested suspension and race-ready seats, the Edge ST's looks take a dark turn, with a honeycomb black gloss grill and matching 21-inch shiny black rims with big red brake calipers peeking through. This includes a large central grille opening and unique sculpting through the middle and bottom of the front fascia, introducing the same basic angular design that gives the ST cars their aggressive face.

The numbers that matter to enthusiasts weren't on offer, but we're probably OK in guessing that the Edge ST will turn in a quicker 0-60 miles per hour time than the stock Edge's 7.5 seconds.

Ford is also adding a performance version with the 2019 Edge ST midsize crossover.

Unfortunately, we don't have pricing or the date of availability yet, but with the 2019 Ford Edge ST set to make its formal debut next week at the Detroit Auto Show, we can expect the full details soon. The FordPass Connect multimedia connectivity system with Wi-Fi will be standard, enabling the connection of up to 10 wireless personal electronic devices, and enabling communication with smartphones via the FordPass app. This is 20 hp and 30 lb-ft of torque more than the 2017 Edge Sport.

Using the Edge to bring the ST performance line to Ford's array of crossover-utility vehicles is no surprise. The new model also gets the ability to make over-the-air, or OTA, software updates, much like today's smartphones. The features include Forward Collision Warning and Dynamic Brake Support; Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection; BLIS with Cross-Traffic Alert; Lane-Keeping Alert; Lane-Keeping Assist; Auto High Beams; and Hill-Start Assist. There's a host of driver assist features too, because that's just as important as anything else now: Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering should keep things tickety boo, Evasive Steering Assist is there if something goes skew-whiff and then Post-Collision Braking for when it all goes to pot. Drivers can also upgrade to SYNC 3 with an 8-inch touchscreen for enhanced in-vehicle experience.

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