Ford’s five-seat, mid-size crossover gets a little edgier for 2019 with the addition of the brand’s first-ever performance-oriented SUV model, the Edge ST.
In adopting the same trim designation used by the sportiest versions of the Focus and Fiesta models, the Edge ST makes official Ford’s decision to focus resources on its SUV and crossover models. Their reasoning? Utilities get a lot more attention in North America than the cars that have been the more traditional volume sellers in years past.
Ford calls this its first “performance-enhanced” SUV, but that’s a bit of marketing trickery: the ST replaces the Edge Sport, which used the same 2.7L twin-turbo V6 as the newest version, only now that engine makes 335 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque, increases of 20 hp and 30 lb-ft compared to the 2018 Edge Sport. Ford says the motor is the most powerful V6 in its class.
Other ST specifics include upgraded handling and braking, an ST-tuned suspension and a sport mode to tailor the behaviour of the engine and eight-speed automatic transmission to the driver’s whims.
Also notable for 2019 is the Edge’s move to an all-turbocharged engine lineup: the old 3.5L V6 is no more, so all non-ST Edge trims now use a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 250 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. It also comes with an eight-speed transmission.
Trim levels are SE, SEL, Titanium and ST. All are standard with AWD save for SEL, which starts as a front-driver.
Also new for 2019 are standard safety features that include forward collision warning with dynamic brake support; pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection; blind spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert; lane keeping alert and lane keeping assist; automatic high beams; and hill start assist.
You can now also get your Edge with post-collision braking, evasive steering assist and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go and lane centering.
We think the Edge ST marks an industry shift that will prompt other mainstream manufacturers to start turning out performance-tuned mid-size utilities, a trend that until now was limited to upscale manufacturers like BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz. While the ST is nothing close to an X5 M in terms of performance, it brings the concept of a truly sporty SUV down to a more accessible level, price-wise.
Ford’s fuel consumption estimates for the 2019 Edge are 11.5/8.0 L/100 km (city/highway) with the 2.0L and FWD, 11.9/8.7 with the 2.0L and AWD and 12.6/9.2 with the ST’s turbo V6.