With SUVs now dominating the US sales charts it's no surprise manufacturers are filling in the white spaces with new models, options and features.
Using the Edge to bring the ST performance line to Ford's array of crossover-utility vehicles is no surprise. Expect the new model to reach UAE, KSA and other GCC markets by early next year.
The 2019 Edge in the United States remains about the same mechanically in its base form, using the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which has received an additional 5 hp for a total of 250 horsepower (186 kilowatts).
The Edge ST will have a Sport mode and a fast shifting 8-speed transmission.
"Edge ST puts a new animal on the road - a performance SUV with a track mentality", Hau Thai-Tang, executive VP of product development and purchasing said.
Ford has officially entered the SUV performance segment with the reveal of the new 2019 Edge ST. That's 20 horsepower and 30 pound-feet of torque extra compared to the 2018 Edge Sport, which should translate into a notably increased output. It is also mated to the eight-speed automatic, but the transmission gets a special tune and different gear ratios.
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The standard brake calipers aren't even painted red; you have to splurge on a performance brake upgrade package to get those.
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.
The designer of the new vehicle, Steve Gilmore, indicates that the auto was styled to appear "sinister", being engineered on track. Mercedes-Benz offers AMG versions of virtually every ute in its line-up. But in the Ford lineup, the Edge has the highest percentage of female buyers. "This thing is invigorating".
For those eating this crossover's dust, the new liftgate complete with gloss black and chrome accents as well as dual-exhaust openings could be considered consolation.
The redesigned Edge and Edge ST go on sale this summer.
Ford also states that the 2019 Edge ST is their smartest SUV ever. Sport mode will also allow for sharper engine braking and, perhaps most importantly, pushes out a more resonant exhaust note. That will help it get 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque.
All models also benefit from a suite of driver assistance technologies, much of it standard. Drivers can also upgrade to SYNC 3 with an 8-inch touchscreen for enhanced in-vehicle experience. The new model will likely cost at least a few thousand more, but nothing is confirmed for now.