To Ford, the Ford Edge crossover has always been a capable, competent and a decent seller with over 100,000 units sold every year. However, Ford felt that the Edge needed to elicit more enthusiasm in the market. To derive more interest to the crossover, Ford decided to hook up the Edge with a Sport trim powered by a 2.7 L, V-6 good for 315 horsepower. The strategy worked out well but did not quite achieve what the automaker targeted. Now, the automaker believes has the right dose for the Edge to generate raw enthusiasm in the market. The answer according to Ford was to hook up the crossover with an ST treatment. The ST treatment has always been a reserve for hot hatches such as the Fiesta ST but Ford believes the ST dosage will take the Edge lineup to the next level in terms of performance; only time will tell whether the crossover will live up to the ST name. The ST trim will replace the current Sport trim. The 2019 Ford Edge ST was crafted by the Ford Performance team; the same team that is responsible for the automaker’s other performance models.
Exterior and Interior design
To set the new Ford Edge ST apart from lower Edge trims, engineers fitted the model with a wider hexagonal grille with darker mesh, deeper side skirts, and bigger dual exhaust tips. In standard form, the ST rides on 20-inch wheels with an option for 21-inch rollers. Pirelli P Zero tires are also optional if you want to get more out of your Ford Edge ST. The exterior design helps give the model a sporty look which is what many buyers of an ST-badged model desire.
Inside, the ST features heavily bolstered seats featuring suede inserts and silver accent stitching. The model also features an ST-branded gauge cluster as well as the automaker’s performance sill plates. Like other trims, the ST features Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system that supports Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa and 4G Wi-Fi hotspot all as standard features. Remote start and wireless charging are also available as is a 12-speaker B&O Play sound system.
Like other Ford Edge trims, the ST features several safety features including a post-collision braking system that applies brakes automatically to prevent rolling in case of a crash, evasive steering to help maneuver around stationary or slow-moving vehicles, blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control with lane-centering and stop-and-go assist. Ford has also added traction and stability control systems to the model.
2019 Ford Edge ST Engine and performance
The Edge ST is outfitted with a turbocharged 2.7 L, V-6 EcoBoost mill that is performance oriented. The engine produces 335 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque making it the most powerful V-6 in its class. The engine connects to a quick-shifting 8-speed automatic gearbox that conveys all the power to all wheels. Engineers added a Sport mode that supports optimal performance of the engine and transmission ensuring the gears hold close to the redline even when cornering as well as rev-match for downshifts. The model’s sports suspension coupled with retuned springs, dampers as well as its wide wheels help enhance its cornering capabilities. Due to its more power, the Edge ST is fitted with bigger brakes as standard and a more competent braking system is optional if you feel you need more stopping force.
Price and release date
The 2019 Ford Edge ST will arrive in the summer along with other Edge trims. Ford is yet to announce prices of the model but considering it will be the range-toping model in the 2019 Ford Edge lineup, it will be the most expensive; certainly more expensive than the Sport trim it is set to replace which starts at $40,675.