By Asian Journal Auto Editor
For 2019, Ford has added a little more class to its impressive five-seat, mid-size Edge crossover with the introduction of the brand’s first-ever performance-oriented SUV model, the Edge ST. There are four models in the lineup: SE: $35,249, SEL: $37,249 $39,999 FWD/AWD, Titanium AWD: $42,649, ST AWD: $48,349. A 2.0L EcoBoost turbo four cylinder engine is standard, across the Edge range, apart from the ST model that has a more powerful 2.7 liter V6 engine. There is also a new eight speed automatic transmission. All AWD Edges are available with an optional tow package, and the ability to tow up to 1,588 kg. The ST gets the tow package as standard. The Edge ST features a ST exclusive larger black hexagonal grille, there are also unique dual trapezoid exhaust tips that offer a louder exhaust note. The black alloy wheels come in 20 and 21 inch versions, with uprated brakes. Note, there is a bigger performance brake package that may be offered in Canada at some point. The ST interior features “Ford performance”- door sill plates, ST badging on the leather steering wheel, and the black leather seats with extra bolstering and the ST logo.
The ST also offers manual paddle shifters, for the transmission and a button for Sport modes to adjust the throttle response and shifting patterns for rev- matching downshifts and upshifts. Also helping in the fuel economy on the ST is the addition of all-wheel drive disconnect; that can transfer up to 100% of power to either axle.
There is a real focus on technology and safety in the Ford line up for 2019, and the Edge range is no exception. Fords Co-Pilot360 Protect suite technology is now available as standard on all trims. The safety suite includes lane keep assist with active steering, blind spot system, auto emergency braking with pre-collision braking, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, backup camera with lens cleaner and auto high-beam assist. Additional available features include evasive steer voice-activated navigation, and adaptive cruise control with lane centering. That all comes as part of an $850 Co-Pilot360 Assist+ package on SEL, Titanium and ST models. It is not fully autonomous technology by any means, you can’t drive with no hands on the wheel, as there are driver alerts and the Edge will automatically stop. There is, however, a very good version of the lane-keep assist system in the safety suite with an “alert” mode – whereby your steering wheel vibrates if it detects any deviance from your lane. In 2019, Alexa support will be available on to the Edge, meaning you’ll be able to interact with your car just as you can the Alexa system in your house.
On the road, the Edge ST offers excellent acceleration powered by a 2.7L twin-turbo V6 producing an impressive 335 horsepower at 5,550 rpm with torque lb.-ft at 380. Ford says this engine is the most powerful V6 in its class. And it is not hard to believe the claim, as the eight speed transmission is smooth and well-matched to the V6. Other upgrades that sharpen the ST’s reflexes include torque vectoring, stability control, the ST-tuned sport suspension, and the aforementioned sport mode to adjust the engine performance and the ST’s eight-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission (DCT). Shift parameters for optimum performance. The Edge ST is very responsive on road, the stiffer shocks offer up a decent ride, and more feel, slightly at the expense of some harshness on less perfect roads. The retuned suspension also allows the ST to take corners faster in- and out, without excessive body roll. With improved resistance to wind and road noise, the ST provides a comfortable, smooth ride for occupants. Ford estimates the Edge ST will get to 100 km/h in less than six seconds, which frankly, is very impressive for an SUV. Fuel economy figures for 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. The ST’s V6 engine delivers a little higher 12.6/9.2.
To sum up, the Edge ST is a great daily ride, and long overdue in the Ford lineup as its first performance SUV. It offers a versatile layout for families, is comfortable, and well featured. The ST model is an expensive option, but if you look at the horsepower, and performance numbers – it is tempting. Ford’s first performance SUV is off to great start! Highly recommended.
2018 Ford Edge ST Priced from- $48,349. More info at www.ford.com