Ford is looking to pump some excitement into its midsize crossover with an all-new ST performance package for the 2019 model year.
While it would be surprising for a twin-turbo V6 Edge to make it to the UK - Ford now only offers diesels here - it would also be perhaps the first time an ST model wasn't offered in this market.
The ST edition of the Edge sport utility vehicle that Ford introduces Thursday in advance of the Detroit auto show is powered by a 335-horsepower twin-turbo V-6 engine, engineered on the track and styled to look "sinister", said its designer Steve Gilmore.
The 2019 Ford Edge ST is introducing a Sport mode. 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. This direct-injection turbocharged engine gets 250 hp, an increase of 5 hp, and 275 lb-ft of torque.
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Connected up to the engine is a new eight-speed automatic transmission sending power to all four wheels.
Ford will also fit unique 21-inch wheels to the Edge ST, to make sure it's not mistaken for the standard model. Featuring fresh styling tweaks, and updated semi-autonomous technology, the 2019 Edge could be a worthy competitor in the SUV space. "From a performance standpoint, and with its SUV silhouette and versatility, it sets a new standard Edge fans will love to drive".
Another new thing, the latest ST crossover SUV brings to the table is programming for better traction and stability control, sporting relaxed modes that allow for more leeway before intervening. An ST-only sport button on the rotary-dial shifter found in the Edge activates a unique shift-schedule, ups throttle response, and holds gears through corners when necessary.
Other new safety features include post-collision braking, evasive steering assist and adaptive cruise with stop and go and lane centring. Edge models will come standard with FordPass Connect, a WiFi hotspot that can connect up to 10 devices.
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Revealed ahead of a public debut at this month's Detroit Motor Show, the titivated Edge isn't actually expected to arrive in the United Kingdom and Europe until 2019, but the reveal gives us a pretty clear idea of what Ford will be offering in the UK's Edge facelift then.
See exhibit A, the Ford Edge ST.
The ST appearance is meshing with a refreshed 2019 Edge look. This means 2019 Edge drivers and passengers will experience a wireless charging pad located in the forward media bin, and they can opt for an upgraded audio experience, HD RadioTM and a 12-speaker B&O PLAYTM Premium Audio System by HARMAN specially tuned for Edge. Drivers can also upgrade to SYNC 3 with an 8-inch touchscreen for enhanced in-vehicle experience.
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