2019 Ford Edge ST gets improved looks, power boost, new ST trim

Article by Christian A., on January 12, 2018

Ford Motor Co. has unveiled its all-new new Edge. With this, the brand’s SUV range will now include the highly popular ST variant. This new model comes just as Ford has recorded the best sales for its SUVs in the U.S. market.

Making this newest offering even more unique is that this will be the first SUV from the brand to be tuned by none other than the Ford Performance team. Powering the Edge ST is the specially tuned twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine. It can deliver an output amounting to 335 hp with peak torque at 380 lb.-ft., making it the segment’s most powerful V6 engine.

Paired to the powerful engine is the automatic quick-shifting 8-speed transmission with a standard all-wheel drive having selectable traction control. A performance brake package is offered and a sport suspension is tuned for the ST. All of these result in dynamic handling.

Putting in a Sport Mode option ensures that owners are able to feel a throttle response that is clearly more aggressive. Sharper engine braking can be experienced well and it also offers an even richer exhaust sound. For those who prefer a manual shift, they may use the SelectShift paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel.

Given the exceptional performance abilities of the new Edge ST, Ford made sure that this would be complemented with an amazing style, both on the front and the rear. The mesh grille has been made wider in order to optimize cooling. Other features include the deep side skirts and the dual-exhaust outlets. The body is then positioned on the truly distinct 21-inch wheels. The same treatment was done on the interior and this can be seen on the seat backs, scuff plates, and the steering. Overall, it gives a subtle hint to customers that this five-passenger SUV from Ford is offering something truly special.

The Edge ST is not just about performance as it is also the smartest SUV to come from the brand. Each model from this range will be fitted with more driver-assist features as standard compared to other midsized SUVs in the market.

It also has a number of first-in-segment features. An example of this is the Post-Collision Braking which lowers any impact of a possible secondary collision. Other such features are the Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Lane Centering and the Evasive Steering Assist.

According to Edge Marketing Manager Cristina Aquino, Edge drivers look forward to a driving experience that is more contemporary and sophisticated. He continued by saying that by putting in as standard a wide array of new technologies and introducing features that are clearly the first in the segment, drivers will be more confident when handling the new Edge ST.

The new Edge ST will be manufactured at the Oakville Assembly Plant located in Ontario, Canada. Ford disclosed that this latest offering will arrive this summer at showrooms.

Press Release

REVVING UP: FORD DRIVES ALL-NEW EDGE ST INTO SHOWROOMS, ACCELERATING ITS SUV SALES MOMENTUM

Ford begins introducing the coveted ST brand to its SUV lineup with the unveiling of the all-new Edge ST today, building on its best-ever SUV sales year in the U.S.

The all-new Edge ST – Ford’s first SUV to be tuned by the Ford Performance team – features the most powerful V6 engine available in its class with a specially tuned 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost® engine pumping out 335 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque.

It’s also outfitted for dynamic handling with a quick-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission, standard all-wheel drive with selectable traction control, an available performance brake package, and ST-tuned sport suspension.

“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. “From a performance standpoint, and with its SUV silhouette and versatility, it sets a new standard Edge fans will love to drive.”

A new Sport Mode allows Edge ST drivers to experience more aggressive throttle response and shifting patterns that hold gears near redline through cornering maneuvers, sharper engine braking, and a more resonant exhaust tone. Drivers can also manually shift using the steering wheel-mounted SelectShift® paddle shifters while firmly positioned in unique Edge ST seating with additional bolstering.

To complement its performance abilities, Edge ST features new front and rear styling, a wide mesh grille for optimal cooling, deep side skirts and dual-exhaust outlets. Unique 21-inch wheels are available and interior design cues on the steering wheel, seat backs and scuff plates provide a subtle reminder that this five-passenger SUV is something special.

Smart Vehicle for a Smart World

The new Edge – including all-new Edge ST – is Ford’s smartest SUV ever, and every model comes standard with more driver-assist technology than any other midsize SUV. This includes Forward Collision Warning and Dynamic Brake Support; Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection; BLIS® with Cross-Traffic Alert; Lane-Keeping Alert; Lane-Keeping Assist; Auto High Beams; and Hill-Start Assist. In addition, standard safety features include AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™ and Curve Control, and 911 Assist®.

For 2019, Edge introduces the following first-for-Ford and first-in-segment features as either standard or available equipment:

Post-Collision Braking: Helps reduce the impact of a potential secondary collision by automatically applying moderate brake pressure when an initial collision event is detected; slowing the vehicle can potentially lessen injury to occupants and damage to the vehicle
Evasive Steering Assist: Helps drivers steer around stopped or slower vehicles to help avoid collisions. Designed to operate at city and highway speeds, it uses radar and a camera to detect slower-moving and stationary vehicles ahead and provides steering support to enable drivers to maneuver around a vehicle if a collision is imminent
Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Lane Centering: Helps the vehicle maintain a comfortable driving distance from vehicles ahead and helps reduce stress during long, light-traffic road trips by helping keep the vehicle centered in its lane
“Edge drivers expect a sophisticated, modern driving experience,” said Cristina Aquino, Edge marketing manager. “Bringing a host of new technologies as standard and introducing these segment-first features helps ensure customers feel more confident behind the wheel.”

Dual-stage airbags, side-curtain airbags, rain-sensing wipers, rear view camera and an innovative active glove box knee airbag are also standard, while front and rear ultrasonic sensors, 180-degree front and rear cameras and Enhanced Active Park Assist are offered as available equipment.

Technology for a Connected World

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.

Standard on all Edge models is FordPass® Connect, with a Wi-Fi hotspot that gives internet access to up to 10 devices. Using the FordPass™ app, drivers can also use their smartphone to start, lock, unlock and locate their Edge.

SYNC® with AppLink™, an enhanced voice-recognition communications and entertainment system, is also standard. This system supports the new Ford+Alexa app, giving users access to their favorite media content, daily appointments, smart home controls, and the ability to search for nearby points of interest and even shop for everyday items, all from the road. Drivers can also upgrade to SYNC 3 with an 8-inch touchscreen for enhanced in-vehicle experience.

A powerfully sophisticated ride

The new Edge comes standard with a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine that offers a 5 horsepower increase and improved fuel economy over the outgoing model.

It is mated to a newly designed 8-speed transmission with Auto Start-Stop technology that efficiently turns the engine off when the vehicle is stopped and idling, then seamlessly restarts in milliseconds when the brake is released.

Inside, a redesigned center console is accentuated by an all-new rotary gearshift dial that frees up space, allows easier access to the wireless charging pad and enhances the vehicle’s modern, sophisticated feel.

With a wider grille and freshened fascia that create an athletic, modern appearance, the new Edge maintains the reputation for sophistication it’s carried for more than a decade. Full LED headlamps are standard, LED fog lamps and signature lighting are available and a redesigned hood imparts a wider, more planted stance.

Built at the Oakville Assembly Plant in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, the new Ford Edge and all-new Edge ST are due to arrive in showrooms this summer.

Source: Ford

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