Ford unveils Edge ST Performance SUV

Ford unveils Edge ST Performance SUV

Andrew Cummings
January 12, 2018

The third member of the ST family is expected to arrive at dealers summer 2018 and will be the first SUV that Ford Performance has gotten its hands on.

It's the company's first SUV tuned by the Ford Performance team responsible for the GT supercar, zippy Focus RS and powerful F-150 Raptor. It features a souped-up version of the 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 from the Edge Sport that pumps out 335 hp and 380 lb-ft (515 Nm) of torque - 20 hp and 30 lb-ft more than the Sport. A new-to-Ford 8-speed transmission and drive-mode-selectable all-wheel drive are standard, with red-caliper performance brakes, 21-in. wheels and summer tires optional.

There will be a sport mode for the Edge ST that Ford says will give it more aggressive throttle response and shifting patterns.

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.

The 2019 Edge ST wears clean-looking front and rear fascias, a wide mesh grille for optimal cooling, deep side skirts and dual-exhaust outlets. 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.

ST is the model designation Ford reserves for performance versions of various passenger cars, e.g. There are also additional standard perks - forward collision warning, pre-collision assist, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, and automatic high beams. It's like the existing Edge Sport, only more so.

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

"If you seek comfort, space and affordable tech, it might just suit your needs", we surmised after driving the "regular" Ford Edge SUV. Ford sold over 142,000 Edges in 2017, with Edge Sports accounting for about 10 percent of that total. A 12-speaker B&O Play system from Harman will handle audio.

Other new safety features include post-collision braking, evasive steering assist and adaptive cruise with stop and go and lane centring. It now makes 250 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque and adds fuel-saving Stop/Start engine technology.

The usual facelift fodder applies, with the Edge getting a new front end with Ecosport-like grille and new LED headlights, and the back end loses its full-width light cluster which is replaced by new tail lights and a black glass panel in between.

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