335-hp Ford Edge ST spearheads facelifted 2019 Edge lineup

Sharper Edge: Ford Announces 2019 Ford Edge ST

Previously, the ST badge had been reserved for its hot hatchbacks and included a day at Ford's Octane Academy for new owners.

Where it differs most from the ST-branded Ford's of the past is in its sole available transmission - a brand-new 8-speed automatic, shared with the rest of the 2019 Edge lineup - and its standard all-wheel-drive.

"We know we have an opportunity to attract a performance-oriented buyer who needs a little more utility" than they might get through current ST models like the Focus, explained Christine Aquino, the crossover's marketing manager. In fairness, it probably won't come to the United Kingdom but America should lap it up - or at least that's what Ford is hoping.

The auto also has an embedded modem and Wi-Fi, able to fire up a hot spot with a 50-foot range, allowing up to 10 devices to connect to it. Paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel, meanwhile, will allow drivers to manually shift the gears of the new Ford Edge ST.

All-new Edge ST auto will be fully revealed at the Detroit Motor Show.

The reign of the sedan is over-mowed down by the fuel-sipping Escapes and EcoBoost-powered Expeditions-and it's for that reason that Ford made a decision to funnel its R&D money into the all-new Edge crossover.

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Ford adds a suite of driver-assistance technology to all '19 Edge models including forward collision braking and post-collision braking, pedestrian detection, lane-keeping alert and assist and blindspot and cross-traffic alert. Standard 2019 Edge SUVs will get a 2.0L EcoBoost engine with 5hp more power and better fuel economy than the outgoing model. The 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 under its hood kicks 335 horsepower-20 horses more than the Edge Sport that precedes it-to the wheels. Featuring fresh styling tweaks, and updated semi-autonomous technology, the 2019 Edge could be a worthy competitor in the SUV space.

Ford isn't quoting specific performance numbers, but the combo should slightly outperform the Edge Sport, which takes 6.2 seconds to dash up to 60 miles per hour powered by the same 2.7-liter turbo-6 but with 20 fewer hp and 30 fewer lb-ft of torque.

The standard powertrain for non-ST Edge models is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four making 250 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque, also with an eight-speed automatic.

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.

Meanwhile, the standard Ford Edge range sees a facelift for the 2019 model year, bringing an new front and rear treatments, upgraded LED lighting all-round, new colour choices and revised alloy wheel designs.

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