Detroit Auto Show: Ford enters performance SUV segment with Edge ST

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Built at the Oakville Assembly Plant in Oakville, Ontario, the new Ford Edge and all-new Edge ST are scheduled to arrive in showrooms this summer.

Coinciding with the 2019 facelift for the US Ford Edge, Ford is introducing a performance ST variant for the first time.

As for the overseas Edge ST, power is provided by the 2.7-litre turbocharged V6 Ecoboost petrol engine found in the Edge Sport and Fusion Sport, dialed up to 355 horsepower (264kW) and 380lb-ft of torque (515Nm) - that's 20hp (15kW) and 40Nm more than in the Sport. The eight-speed auto is also present, along with standard AWD, a sport-tuned suspension and upgraded brakes.

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Inside, the Edge ST offers unique seats with additional bolstering, while design cues on the steering wheel, seat backs, and scuff plates remind that this SUV has been given the Ford Performance touch. "From a performance standpoint, and with its SUV silhouette and versatility, it sets a new standard Edge fans will love to drive".

Distinguishable from its lesser-powered brethren, you'll spot a wider grille, deeper side skirts and dual exhausts. Wider 21-inch wheels are available and can be wrapped with Pirelli P Zero tires.

The 2019 model comes standard with forward-collision warning, dynamic-brake support, pre-collision assist, pedestrian detection, blind-spot detection, cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping alert and assist, automatic high beams and hill-start assist.

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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. The Edge also has available post-collision braking, which Ford said automatically applies moderate brake pressure in the event of a collision to avoid further injury, damage to the vehicle or a second collision.

Standard on all Edge models is FordPass Connect, with a Wi-Fi hotspot that gives internet access to up to 10 devices.

In the US Ford has also improved the standard kit list on the Edge, but it's not yet know if that will be reflected on United Kingdom models. Drivers can also upgrade to SYNC 3 with an 8-inch touchscreen for enhanced in-vehicle experience. The standard vehicle comes with a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine paired with an 8-speed transmission. The interior features a new rotary shifter, replacing the console-mounted gearshift handle. Four new body colors and an equal number of new wheel choices ensure that customers can differentiate their Edges from the rest easily, all the while standard LED headlamps as well as LED taillights and optional LED fog lights add a touch of newness and ensure that there's no confusing this with a auto from yesteryear at night.

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