Edge ST: Ford's First Performance-Enhanced SUV Joins the Lineup


It's the first Ford crossover to boast some serious performance tweaks, so here's a sneak peek.

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.

Ford has whipped the covers off its Territory-replacing Endura due in the fourth quarter, with the large SUV making its debut this week as the facelifted Edge sold in overseas markets. Whether or not the buyer choses to relay that output to the front wheels or feed all four in an Edge spec'd with all wheel-drive, power will first be fed through a Ford-developed 8-speed automatic transmission. The Blue Oval automaker isn't saying what it'll do, but the Edge Sport could dispatch 0-60 times in about 5.7 seconds and run the quarter-mile in 14.3, and you can expect to see the new Edge ST better those numbers.

The ST package goes beyond a big increase in power by adding bigger brakes, sport suspension tuning, sharpened steering, driver-adjustable traction control, and bigger footprints via all-season tires on 20-inch wheels.

There's also built-in WiFi with a 50-foot radius, wireless charging pad and the latest Sync 3 infotainment system, which has one feature that could come in very handy in a speedy vehicle like the Edge ST: Waze integration, including its police car-spotting tool.

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The rest of the Ford Edge line-up also is updated for 2019, however. As you can probably tell, the Edge ST also stands out from the crowd thanks to an aggressive body kit, 21-inch wheels, and dual exhaust.

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.

The Edge ST will be shown off in the metal at the Detroit Motor Show next week when further details will be revealed. That will help it get 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. FordPass Connect is standard, including a Wi-Fi hotspot that gives internet access to up to 10 devices.

Ford has given the 2019 Edge ST a new Sport Mode as well, which provides a more aggressive throttle response, sharper engine braking, shifting patterns that hold gears near the redline through cornering maneuvers, as well as a more resonant exhaust tone. "It also has to have a very good balance of vehicle attributes".

More standard safety features include forward collision warning, pre-collision assist, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, LED headlights and automatic high beams.