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Edge ST Revealed, Ford's First Performance SUV

Edge ST Revealed, Ford's First Performance SUV”

The 2019 Ford Edge ST performance SUV is apparently ready to make its debut at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show, and it's shaping up as a real treat. And the 2019 Edge adds the latest version of Ford's Sync infotainment system and the Ford Pass Connect package of services.

This model will be produced in Canada out of the Oakville Assembly Plant in Ontario, arriving at North American dealerships Summer 2018. Power is provided - just like in the Sport model - via a 2.7-liter biturbo V6, for the ST providing 335 hp (250 kW) and 380 pound-feet (515 Newton-meters) of torque, against 315 hp (235 kW) and 350 lb-ft (475 Nm) in the Sport. The engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic.

Drivers also will be able to engage Sport Mode, which as in the Fusion Sport, stiffens the suspension, raises shift points, improves throttle response and increases the exhaust note.

All-wheel drive is standard on ST models, optional on the basic Edge.

Optional technology includes evasive steering assistance and full-range adaptive cruise control with lane-centering assistance.

"Forty-six percent of the people who buy Edge today are women", said Cristina Aquino, brand manager or Edge and EcoSport, a small crossover. "We see it as big enough to pursue some real engineering and some real unique parts".

Dimensionally, the interior is unchanged, as are the materials. As U.S. auto buyers continue their mass migration into utility vehicles, some are bringing along their preference for performance once sated by Taurus SHO sport sedans and Focus ST hot hatches.

"Edge ST puts a new animal on the road - a performance SUV with a track mentality", says Hau Thai-Tang, executive vice president-Product Development and Purchasing. The ST is further distinguished from the rest of the Edge family by various black exterior trim elements, including deeper rocker panels, the black mesh grille, the black-painted 21-inch wheels, and sporty bucket seats with deeper torso and thigh bolsters.

"To be an ST, [a vehicle] has to be great to drive, and have credible, genuine performance". It is also mated to the eight-speed automatic, but the transmission gets a special tune and different gear ratios.

Step into the cabin, and the Edge shows Ford's renewed commitment to technology.

This is the first face-lift for the Edge since it switched to its current platform from a Mazda-designed chassis back in 2014. The automaker sold 142,600 Edges previous year, a 6 percent gain at time when overall auto sales slipped 2 percent.



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