Crossover gets hot-hatch thinking, more tech — Ford Edge ST

Randolph Lopez
January 13, 2018

Ford announced that the Ford Edge will be the next model to get the ST badge and we are loving it.

Feast your eyes on the new Ford Edge ST, the sharpest version of Dearborn's midsize crossover yet.

Ford recently has focused a lot on winning over enthusiasts, developing a performance lineup full of hot hatches, pony cars, off-road trucks and a race-proven supercar. Expect the new model to reach UAE, KSA and other GCC markets by early next year.

But when the Edge arrives in the United Kingdom and Europe next year, it's probably only going to be tweaked versions of the 2.0 litre diesel now on offer on the cards. Until now. The ST adds nearly 100 horsepower and 110 pound-feet of torque with Ford's 2.7-liter EcoBoost turbo V6 (335 hp, 380 lb-ft), which the company characterizes as the most potent in this class. By comparison, the most powerful version of the Edge now makes just 315 hp and the standard-issue model is rated 245 hp. That includes five more horsepower for the standard 2.0-liter EcoBoost and a new eight-speed automatic to replace the old six-speed.

"Edge ST puts a new animal on the road - a performance SUV with a track mentality", said Hau Thai-Tang, executive vice president of Product Development and Purchasing. The new 2019 Ford Edge will come equipped with the standard 2-liter engine, offering enhanced performance and fuel economy compared to its predecessor. Competent, capable, and a decent seller (142,603 units in 2017), it simply fails to generate much raw enthusiasm.

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The standard brake calipers aren't even painted red; you have to splurge on a performance brake upgrade package to get those. Drivers can also manually shift using the steering wheel-mounted SelectShift paddle shifters while firmly positioned in unique Edge ST seating with additional bolstering.

The addition of the ST badge brings bigger wheels-21-inchers vs. 20s on the Edge Sport-a wider grille, dual exhausts, and a more aggressive body.

The designer of the new vehicle, Steve Gilmore, indicates that the auto was styled to appear "sinister", being engineered on track. Mercedes-Benz offers AMG versions of virtually every ute in its line-up. Ford tuned the Edge ST to compensate for its high ride by "managing the all-wheel drive system and electronically creating a little bit of sportiness without getting ourselves into any issues on the center of gravity", Nair said.

The ST appearance is meshing with a refreshed 2019 Edge look. "This thing is invigorating". With that, Ford made sure Edge ST is the smartest SUV ever. And there's more gloss black to the rear.

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