Thursday, 18 January, 2018

Ford Edge: This is it!

Performance-tuned Edge ST features powerful 2.7L turbo V-6 Performance-tuned Edge ST features powerful 2.7L turbo V-6
Lillian Steele | 13 January, 2018, 01:07

The 2019 Edge ST marks the first Ford SUV to wear the ST badge; a badge reserved for vehicles developed with the assistance of Ford Performance. It comes packing a 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine that pushes out 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque.

Depending on which side of the Atlantic you call home, the either massive or barely mid-sized SUV has been given suspension upgrades, an eight-speed automatic with Sport Mode, all-wheel drive and a turbocharged EcoBoost V6 with 335bhp and 380lb ft.

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.

The new Edge ST has an "elevated sense of design", with more bold and aggressive stance, said Steve Gilmore, the SUV's design manager. The new 2019 Ford Edge will come equipped with the standard 2-liter engine, offering enhanced performance and fuel economy compared to its predecessor. There's also a unique aero kit including rear spoiler, a diffuser encompassing dual exhausts, and a wide mesh grille for improved cooling.

Interior of the new Ford Edge. The FordPass Connect multimedia connectivity system with Wi-Fi will be standard, enabling the connection of up to 10 wireless personal electronic devices, and enabling communication with smartphones via the FordPass app. Also, yes, all of that describes a Ford Edge.

Significantly, a hot ST version of the Edge was also revealed, but Ford Australia has already confirmed that the local range will be a diesel-powered, five-seat proposition, likely ruling out a launch for the more potent variant. Buyers can add an optional performance brake package. The combination of extra output and tight gear spacing will keep the engine in the powerband and deliver brisk acceleration at any speed.

Edge sales have improved steadily in the competitive and rapidly growing Middle CUV segment in the US, hitting 142,603 units a year ago when it was Ford's fastest-growing SUV brand at 6.0%, according to WardsAuto data. Standard equipment 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.

2019 Ford Edge Titanium.

It's only two years since the Ford Edge SUV arrived in the United Kingdom market as a big brother to the Kuga and Ecosport in Ford's SUV range, but it's already getting a bit of a facelift.

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