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Ford Edge SUV sharpens up its act

12 January 2018
Ford Edge SUV sharpens up its act

Ford Motor Co. has long souped up its sedans to satisfy customers looking for high performance.

The Edge is the first Ford SUV to get a performance-focused ST model, which will be part of a refreshed Edge lineup that will be on display at the Detroit auto show next week.

The new Edge ST has an "elevated sense of design", with more bold and aggressive stance, said Steve Gilmore, the SUV's design manager. Ford, keen on finding out if the crossover craze and the innate gearhead love of performance have an intersecting point on the vehicular Venn diagram, made a decision to kick things up a notch by offering the new Edge in ST trim.

Ford will fit the brakes on its redesigned 2019 Edge midsize crossover vehicle and its new 2019 Ranger midsize pickup, that will compete later this year with the Chevrolet Colorado and Toyota Tacoma. 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.

Ford will also be offering it with the 3.5-liter V6 engine that will be delivering about 280hp.The Edge ST will also get all the ST specs setting as well as the aero pack, dual exhaust tips, 21inch wheels and more.

The Ford Edge is selling well, and Ford understands what makes it such a hit.

See exhibit A, the Ford Edge ST.

Ford has announced that a new version of the Edge SUV will be rolling into dealerships and this flavor is the first ST SUV Ford has offered.

Significantly, a hot ST version of the Edge was also revealed, but Ford Australia has already confirmed that the local range will be a diesel-powered, five-seat proposition, likely ruling out a launch for the more potent variant.

Inside, drivers will find an available wireless charging pad nestled in the forward media bin, and they can opt for an upgraded audio experience, HD Radio and a 12-speaker B&O PLAY Premium Audio System by HARMAN specially tuned for Edge. The standard 2.0-liter EcoBoost gets 5 more horsepower, with an eight-speed automatic replacing the old six-speed.

The Ford Edge SUV has been given a bit of a facelift for and has been revealed ahead of its debut in the USA at the Detroit Motor Show.

Like all Ford ST products, the Edge ST is getting a unique look to match its more-powerful nature.

Ford also states that the 2019 Edge ST is their smartest SUV ever. Semi-autonomous safety technology such as collision mitigation with automatic braking, evasive steering assist and "Stop-and-Go" adaptive cruise control, ideal for traffic situations, will either come as standard or optional equipment. An embedded Wi-Fi modem capable of supporting 10 devices up to 50 feet (15 m) from the vehicle is standard.