Ford Edge The Latest To Hop On ST Train

Isaac Cain
January 12, 2018

Ford is expanding its high-performance ST lineup with the introduction of the 2019 Ford Edge ST.

It is the first Ford SUV to have been tuned by Ford Performance, who are of course the same people who designed and built the GT supercar. The vehicle will come powered by a 2.7 liter twin-turbo V6 engine that will be offering about 335hp, that is 20hp more compared to the Ford Edge Sport model.

The other Edge engine choices continue to be a 2.0-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder (245 hp, 275 lb-ft, up 5 hp and 5 lb-ft from 2017) and naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 (280 hp, 250 lb-ft). Ford also provided a manual shifting option using the steering wheel-mounted SelectShift paddle shifters.

A new front and rear end will differentiate the 2019 Edge from previous models with help from sleek new headlights, a new hood, and a freshly sculpted front fascia.

Ford also refreshed the regular Edge with tech features that include the ability to locate, unlock, start, and lock the vehicle with a mobile app and connect up to 10 devices using in-car WiFi.

The ST appearance is meshing with a refreshed 2019 Edge look.

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

While the most notable features of the 2019 Ford Edge ST make it one of the best-performing mid-sized SUVs sold in America, the design team paid the same attention to the interior and exterior as they did with the Focus and Fiesta ST packages.

What we do know is that the Edge has been tightened up all around in ST spec: the suspension, throttle response, shift patterns, engine braking, exhaust note, and styling have all been sharpened.

The vehicle also has an embedded modem and Wi-Fi, able to fire up a hot spot with a 50-foot range, allowing up to 10 devices to connect to it.

Put the SUV into Sport Mode and the song the Edge ST makes gets even heavier and more visceral. There are also additional standard perks - forward collision warning, pre-collision assist, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, and automatic high beams.

On the technology front, all buyers will get wireless smartphone charging, a Wi-Fi hotspot and the Ford Pass app, which allows owners to start, lock/unlock and locate their Edge. The move to a new electronically controlled eight-speed automatic transmission sees a new rotary shifter installed in the console, just like in the larger Explorer. A 12-speaker B&O Play system from Harman will handle audio. Sync comes standard on the vehicles. An embedded modem will provide WiFi to up to 10 devices and can stay connected to around 50 feet away.

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