2019 Ford Edge Update, Edge ST Replaces Sport

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, Automotive Editor - January 12, 2018

SUVs and pickup trucks did extremely well for Ford last year and the American automaker wants to keep the fire burning for 2018. To help it do just that, Ford unveiled the new 2019 Edge SUV, which has received a new look, more tech features, and a ST-badged performance model, a first for the automaker.

Over last year’s model, the 2019 Edge gets a new look. The front end features full LED headlights, LED fog lights, and a new front grille design. Changes to the rear end aren’t as noticeable, with new taillights and a slightly-redesigned rear bumper. Aesthetically, the new Edge looks more youthful than the outgoing model.

Changes have also been made to the SUV’s powertrain offerings. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine gets a modest five-horsepower upgrade to offer a total of 250 hp. The engine’s torque remains the same at 275 pound-feet. An eight-speed automatic gearbox with Auto Start-Top replaces the six-speed automatic transmission.

New tech features were also added to the Edge, which now comes with a suite of driver-assist features, including forward collision warning and dynamic brake support, lane-keeping alert, pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, and more. The majority of the high-tech features are part of the SUV’s list of standard features.

Ford didn’t skimp out on some enjoyable tech goodies either, as the new Edge comes with FordPass Connect, which includes a Wi-Fi hotspot that’s capable of handling up to 10 devices. Amazon’s Alexa voice service has been integrated into the vehicle, while Sync 3 and an eight-inch touchscreen are optional.

Better-looking, smarter, and safer than before, the new Edge is turning out to look like a college valedictorian. Ford's even thought about the booming sporty SUV segment by replacing the old Sport trim with a new ST model.

Marking the first time in the automaker’s history that a SUV will carry the ST badge and be tuned by Ford Performance, the Edge ST promises to emphasize its athleticism first, just like the smaller Fiesta ST and Focus ST. To that end, the SUV features a 2.7-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 engine that generates 335 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and comes with all-wheel drive as standard.

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Putting the Edge ST into sport mode changes the character of the SUV by sharpening throttle response, allowing the transmission to hold gears until redline, changing the exhaust note, and enhancing engine braking. The sport-oriented model also benefits from a firmer suspension setup.

In addition to the performance-oriented components, the ST-badged Edge has a different look than the rest of the Edge lineup. A black hexagonal mesh grille at the front aids in keeping the turbocharged engine cool, there are deep side skirts on the side, and dual-exhaust outlets at the back. Plus, the SUV sits on 21-inch wheels that can be paired with Pirelli-branded high-performance tires. The interior also gets some unique touches, including an ST gauge cluster, Ford Performance sill plates, silver accent stitching, and heavily-bolstered seats with suede inserts.

The 2019 Ford Edge, including the Edge ST, will make their official debuts at the Detroit Auto Show next week before landing in showrooms by the end of summer. Pricing for the vehicles hasn’t been announced yet, but should come out before they go on sale.

, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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