Sunday, 21 January, 2018

Ford's First Performance-Enhanced SUV Joins the Lineup — Edge ST

Ford Expands ST Trim to Edge SUV 2019 Ford Edge ST arrives with 335 horsepower
Kayla Schwartz | 12 January, 2018, 19:13

The Ford Edge ST is the first SUV to be tuned by Ford Performance, using an Ecoboost 2.7-litre V6 engine with twin turbos to deliver 330bhp.

But Ford, by applying an ST badge to its new high-performance version of the 2019 Edge, has raised an interesting question: Is vehicle performance truly the only essential character quality of an ST, or has the badge come to stand for something more? 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. A Sport mode calls up optimal engine and transmission performance to hold gears near redline when cornering and will rev-match for downshifts. This is similar to the driving modes found in the updated Fiesta, though the US -market Fiesta ST and Focus ST's "sport mode" simply backs off the stability control. And while there's no stick available, the paddle shifters will give you manual control over the changes. Featuring fresh styling tweaks, and updated semi-autonomous technology, the 2019 Edge could be a worthy competitor in the SUV space. The ST is also visually distinguishable - there's a new mesh grille, new ide skirts and a modified rear bumper with dual exhaust outlets, along with sportier seats inside.

These add to the existing forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, high-beam assist, hill-start assist and reversing camera.

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Ford also refreshed the regular Edge with tech features that include the ability to locate, unlock, start, and lock the auto with a mobile app and connect up to 10 devices using in-car WiFi. "Bringing a host of new technologies as standard and introducing these segment-first features helps ensure customers feel more confident behind the wheel". The Edge also gets Auto Start-Stop tech to improve economy.

The vehicle also has an embedded modem and Wi-Fi, able to fire up a hot spot with a 50-foot range, allowing up to 10 devices to connect to it.

All-wheel drive is standard on ST models, optional on the basic Edge. According to Ford, this system supports the new Ford+Alexa app, giving users access to their favorite media content, daily appointments, smart home controls, and the ability to search for nearby points of interest and even shop for everyday items, all from the road. A 12-speaker premium audio system by Harman is available, as is the Sync 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch screen.

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