Ford has announced that it will offer a hot ST performance version of its Edge 5-passenger SUV when the substantially revised 2019 model goes on sale this summer. The 2019 Ford Edge ST is on display at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Already netting the highest percentage of female buyers in Ford’s North American portfolio at 46 percent, the brand is looking to broaden the Edge’s appeal among performance-oriented shoppers with the ST model. The Edge ST is the first of its kind in Ford’s SUV portfolio to be developed by the Ford Performance team, a “new animal on the road” according to Executive Vice president of Product Development and Purchasing Hau Thai-Tang. It replaces the previous Edge Sport. As with the Focus ST and Fiesta ST hot hatches, the 2019 Ford Edge ST oozes attitude, sporting a gloss black mesh grille, ground-effects side skirts and large-diameter fascia-mounted dual exhaust.
In the cabin, the ST has aggressively bolstered sport front bucket seats covered in leather and suede with silver accent stitching. There’s also a customizable digital instrument panel with a tachometer and turbo boost gauge.
A lively 2.7-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V6, versions of which are used in the Ford F-150 and the previous Edge Sport, gets bumped from 20 horsepower to 335 hp. The turbo V6’s torque rating also enjoys a 30 lb-ft boost to 380 lb-ft. Giving the new Edge ST a more aggressive soundtrack is a larger-diameter exhaust system, as well as an Active Noise Cancellation system that works through the SUV’s audio speakers to reduce unwanted low-frequency booming sounds and enhance midrange intake “throatiness” during acceleration.
Standard in all 2019 Edge models is a new 8-speed automatic. Replacing the previous 6-speed auto, it has a wider ratio spread for improved performance, flexibility and more relaxed highway cruising. The new 8-speed also gets an E-shifter with a rotary console dial, taking the place of the previous fore-aft shifter. A Sport mode button in the center of the rotary shifter keeps lower gears longer, delivers quicker throttle response and provides rev-matched downshifts.
As with its Focus ST and Fiesta ST models, Ford calls the Edge ST an “everyday performance vehicle.” The Edge ST gets stiffer springs, shocks and anti-roll bars designed to deliver a firm but compliant ride. Ford insists this SUV is not a hard-edged hotrod. There is also an optional high-performance brake system available (not a Brembo system). The Edge ST rolls with a choice of 20- or 21-inch tires and standard all-wheel drive.
As with other 2019 Edge models, the ST will launch with an extensive array of standard safety features, such as auto emergency braking, lane-keep assist, blind spot monitoring and more, plus new infotainment technology such as FordPass Connect embedded Wi-Fi and the SYNC 3 AppLink, which supports the Ford+Alexa voice assistant app.