Ford Edge ST revealed but not for NZ


Ford has yet to release any performance figures, however.

Starting this summer, enthusiasts can purchase the all-new 2019 Edge ST-the first sport utility vehicle designed by Ford Performance.

Ford didn't say if the new Edge ST would come with the same courtesies, but here's hoping we all get a chance to hustle a 2-ton SUV around a track.

New styling will set the ST aside from the standard updated Edge, with a wider mesh and side skirts ideally conveying a more powerful stance to the ST.

Also making its debut in Detroit is the regular 2019 Edge, seen in our photo gallery in Deep Red paint and Titanium trim.

Delivering the power is a new quick-shifting 8-speed automatic that's connected to a full-time all-wheel drive system.

Ford Motor said on Thursday it will make automatic emergency brakes standard on two key 2019 models, an effort by the No. 2 USA automaker to catch up with rivals in offering the new technology created to help vehicles avoid collisions.

The features for the auto have been explained elaborately and for power, the Edge ST has a 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 with 335 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. It also rides on unique 21-inch wheels. The new ST takes over as the flagship version from the Sport trim, arriving with its own design and performance credentials.

Significantly, a hot ST version of the Edge was also revealed, but Ford Australia has already confirmed that the local range will be a diesel-powered, five-seat proposition, likely ruling out a launch for the more potent variant.

All wheel-drive is standard on the ST and gets help from a water-cooled transfer unit in order to help horsepower and all 380 lb-ft of torque find the grippiest tire. The FordPass Connect multimedia connectivity system with Wi-Fi will be standard, enabling the connection of up to 10 wireless personal electronic devices, and enabling communication with smartphones via the FordPass app.

As with the rest of the high-performance Ford vehicles, consumers will be able to opt for a performance package which will include upgraded brakes and suspension. "It also has to have a very good balance of vehicle attributes". There are also additional standard perks - forward collision warning, pre-collision assist, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, and automatic high beams. By contrast, the Ford Edge ST seems a bit half-hearted and restrained.

Notable tech features include the ability to locate, unlock, start, and lock the auto with a mobile app and connect up to 10 devices to in-car WiFi.