2019 Ford Edge Pushes Performance Envelope With New ST

2019 Ford Edge ST

The 2019 Ford Edge Competes with: Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Murano, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Looks like: The previous two or three Ford Edge SUVs

Drivetrains: 250-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder or 335-hp, turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6; eight-speed automatic transmission; front- or all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Summer 2018

CARS.COM — Ford has unveiled its refreshed-for-2019 Edge five-passenger SUV ahead of its debut at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week. The reveal shows off a lightly face-lifted model with simplified powertrain options and a new high-performance ST version replacing the Sport model.

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Exterior

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 2019 model is a mild redo, with new headlights, bumpers and taillights; it maintains the fenders, roof and door panels from the previous model.

2019 Ford Edge ST; Manufacturer images

The ST model gets a more aggressive color scheme, with blacked-out trim bits, grille and side sills. The grille itself is also a hexagonal pattern, meant to be sportier than the body-color unit on other Edge trims (SE, SEL, Titanium). There are four new wheel and color choices, with Performance Blue being an ST-specific option.

Interior

While the exterior of the Ford Edge gets a light freshening, the interior does not. It carries over almost unchanged from 2018, with the exception of an update to the center console shifter. The move to a new electronically controlled eight-speed automatic transmission sees a new rotary shifter installed in the console, just like in the larger Explorer.

Dimensionally, the interior is unchanged, as are the materials. The ST model gets some more heavily bolstered seats and unique leather patterns with silver seat stitching, along with different sill plates, a unique gauge cluster and an ST-branded steering wheel. New options include a 12-speaker B&O Play premium audio system by Bang & Olufsen, Qi wireless smartphone charging and remote start. 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. The Sync app link will also enable in-vehicle Amazon Alexa home connectivity.

Under the Hood

The standard engine for the new Ford Edge is a turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder making a healthy 250 horsepower and 275 pounds-feet of torque. It's mated to a standard eight-speed automatic transmission, which is also new for 2019. The old 3.5-liter V-6 in the Edge is no more. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional.

The more interesting option is the new ST trim, which replaces the Edge Sport in the lineup. It features the twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 found in the Fusion Sport, but making slightly more power here — 335 hp and 380 pounds-feet of torque. It is also mated to the eight-speed automatic, but the transmission gets a special tune and different gear ratios. Both powertrains get the rotary shifter, and the ST also features a Sport mode that changes shift patterns, throttle mapping and instrument-cluster display while also adjusting the piped-in exhaust tone.

Wheel sizes range from 18 inches on lesser Edges up to optional 21-inch summer tires on the ST. An optional performance e-brake package with 345 mm vented rear rotors and red-painted calipers is optional on the ST as well.

Safety

Ford is upping its safety game on the 2019 Edge by making a lot of electronic safety equipment standard. This includes forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and lane keep assist, post collision automatic braking and LED headlights with automatic high beams. Optional is parallel and perpendicular parking assist, and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go and lane-centering capability.

The new 2019 Ford Edge is slated to arrive in dealerships this coming summer.

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