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With a new look for 2019, and a host of new features as standard equipment, including most standard drive assist technologies than any other midsize SUV. Ford introduces to the line-up an all-new Edge ST, the first utility from Ford Performance.
The all-new Edge ST
Ford’s first SUV to be tuned by the Ford Performance team, features the powerful V6 engine available in its class with a specially tuned 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost engine pumping out 335 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque; It’s also outfitted for dynamic handling with a quick-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission, standard all-wheel drive with selectable traction control, an available performance brake package, and ST-tuned sport suspension.
A new Sport Mode allows Edge ST drivers to experience more aggressive throttle response and shifting patterns that hold gears near redline through cornering maneuvers, sharper engine braking, and a more resonant exhaust tone. Drivers can also manually shift using the steering wheel-mounted Select-Shift paddle shifters while firmly positioned in unique Edge ST seating with additional bolstering.
To complement its performance abilities, Edge ST features new front and rear styling, a wide mesh grille for optimal cooling, deep side skirts and dual-exhaust outlets. Unique 21-inch wheels are available and interior design cues on the steering wheel, seat backs and scuff plates provide a subtle reminder that this five-passenger SUV is something special.
The all-new Edge ST comes standard with more driver-assist technology than any other midsize SUV. This includes Forward Collision Warning and Dynamic Brake Support; Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection; BLIS with Cross-Traffic Alert; Lane-Keeping Alert; Lane-Keeping Assist; Auto High Beams; and Hill-Start Assist. In addition, standard safety features include AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control and Curve Control, and 911 Assist.
In addition, the Ford Edge ST with all-wheel drive is smart enough to detect various driving conditions and automatically shift between two-wheel and all-wheel drive. The feature provides all-wheel-drive traction when it is needed and helps reduce fuel consumption when it’s not.
The system is called all-wheel-drive disconnect, a first-for-Ford technology that uses a form of artificial intelligence that can calculate quicker than the human brain. Based on information received from dozens of high-tech sensors, the new Edge can determine in a fraction of a second whether all-wheel drive is needed.
All-wheel-drive disconnect is only one reason for the 2019 Ford Edge’s improved EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings. With standard all-wheel drive and a 2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost engine, Edge ST, the first SUV from the Ford Performance team, has EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway/21 mpg combined. Actual mileage may vary.
Inside, drivers will find an available wireless charging pad nestled in the forward media bin, and they can opt for an upgraded audio experience, HD Radio and a 12-speaker B&O PLAY Premium Audio System by HARMAN specially tuned for Edge; Standard on all Edge models is FordPass Connect, with a Wi-Fi hotspot that gives internet access to up to 10 devices. Using the FordPass app, drivers can also use their smartphone to start, lock, unlock and locate their Edge.
SYNC with AppLink, an enhanced voice-recognition communications and entertainment system, is also standard. 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. Drivers can also upgrade to SYNC 3 with an 8-inch touchscreen for enhanced in-vehicle experience.
Edge ST puts a performance SUV with a track mentality; From a performance standpoint, and with its SUV silhouette and versatility, it sets a new standard, drivers expect a sophisticated, modern driving experience, bringing a host of new technologies as standard and introducing these segment-first features helps ensure customers feel more confident behind the wheel.
Manufacturer’s suggested retail price starts at $42,355.00, for the 2019 Ford Edge ST AWD, the one I drove included: Equipment Group 401A ($5,585.00), ST Performance Brake Package ($2.695.00), White Platinum Metallic Exterior Paint ($595.00), and it came in at $52,225.00 including destination & delivery charges ($995.00).