After unveiling the all-new 2019 Ford Edge ST at the Detroit Auto Show, the American carmaker is doing a surprising yet essential follow-up to the range-topping crossover model at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show – the all-new 2019 Ford Edge Titanium Elite.
As its name implies, the Ford Edge Titanium Elite is a step up from the Titanium package, while still lurking below the Platinum. In a sense, the Titanium Elite could be considered as Platinum Lite, although the moniker chosen is more indicative that it is one of the higher-spec models of the all-new Ford Edge. The introduction of the Edge Titanium Elite is Ford’s way of taking advantage of the fact that a good number of Edge customers prefer higher-specs version when purchasing a new crossover.
Ever since introducing the Edge in 2006, Ford has already sold more than 2 million units around the world, over 1.3 million units of them handed to customers in the United States. In fact, sales of all high-spec SUVs and crossover in Ford’s lineup have surged 6 percent in the past four years.
The increase was greater for the high-trim Ford Edge, which saw sales hike by 8 percent in the previous four years. Since Ford is known for being brave enough to indulge in every possible market segment, the creation of the Titanium Elite for the Ford Edge is well under expectations.
In any case, the 2019 Ford Edge Titanium Elite isn't nearly as powerful as the 2019 Ford Edge ST. The Edge ST is powered by a specially tuned twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine that could deliver an output of up to 335 hp and torque of up to 380 lb.-ft., as mated to an automatic quick-shifting 8-speed transmission and standard all-wheel drive system.
The Edge Titanium Elite model, meanwhile, is powered by Ford's 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers 250 hp of max output. This power is sent to the front wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox, although an all-wheel drive system will be offered as an option. The US carmaker says the engine will return greater fuel economy numbers, but is yet to officially disclose them.
In terms of looks, the Titanium Elite package is provided with new elements like full body color side cladding, as well as premium rear skid plate. The Edge Titanium Elite rides on exclusive 20-inch wheels. Safety elements are the same the all other models of the Edge: automatic high-beam headlights, blind-spot monitoring, forward-collision warning, lane-keep assist and pre-collision assist.
However, it is possible that the new Edge Titanium Elite will offer more, like those seen on the Edge ST such as post-collision braking, evasive steering assist as well as adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go and lane centering.