Monday, 22 January, 2018

Detroit Auto Show: Ford enters performance SUV segment with Edge ST

Sharper Edge: Ford Announces 2019 Ford Edge ST Ford Expands ST Trim to Edge SUV
Terence Owen | 12 January, 2018, 19:11

In recent years, Ford has rolled out a variety of performance variants on the passenger auto side, such as the tire squealing Focus ST.

Starting this summer, enthusiasts can purchase the all-new 2019 Edge ST-the first sport utility vehicle designed by Ford Performance.

"Edge ST puts a new animal on the road - a performance SUV with a track mentality", Hau Thai-Tang, executive VP of product development and purchasing said.

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. The Blue Oval automaker isn't saying what it'll do, but the Edge Sport could dispatch 0-60 times in about 5.7 seconds and run the quarter-mile in 14.3, and you can expect to see the new Edge ST better those numbers. 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. Inside, tweaks have also been made to the steering wheel, seat backs and scuff plates.

The new Edge ST more than looks the performance part, it offers higher performance with a 335-horsepoewr V6. This includes a large central grille opening and unique sculpting through the middle and bottom of the front fascia, introducing the same basic angular design that gives the ST cars their aggressive face.

So it's safe to say the Edge ST was a surprise.

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Ford will also fit unique 21-inch wheels to the Edge ST, to make sure it's not mistaken for the standard model. Semi-autonomous safety technology such as collision mitigation with automatic braking, evasive steering assist and "Stop-and-Go" adaptive cruise control, ideal for traffic situations, will either come as standard or optional equipment. A wireless charging pad, a Wi-Fi hotspot capable of connecting up to 10 devices at once, as well as the latest version of Ford SYNC, now compatible with Ford+Alexa, will make their way in the crossover. It now makes 250 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque and adds fuel-saving Stop/Start engine technology.

The Edge ST follows the Fiesta and Focus into ST territory, albeit with a powertrain that wears a "Sport" badge on other models.

It gets better for those living in the United States though.

Notable tech features include the ability to locate, unlock, start, and lock the vehicle with a mobile app and connect up to 10 devices to in-car WiFi.

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