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Ford Expands ST Trim to Edge SUV

2019 Ford Edge ST arrives with 335 horsepower

Ordinarily the revisions to the Ford Edge for the 2019 model year would be characterized as an extensive freshening-updates to the exterior, interior, and electronics, but no changes to the basic sedan-derived architecture: chassis dimensions and structure carry over. Like the Sport, the Edge ST will also be standard all-wheel drive, but like the rest of the refreshed lineup the ST will come with a new eight-speed automatic transmission. But it should handle with loads more poise and panache.

That motor puts out 335hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. It's safe to assume that the Edge ST will be cheaper than speed-merchant SUVs from Porsche, Jaguar Land Rover, Audi, Maserati, and others.

Ford begins introducing the coveted ST brand to its SUV lineup with the unveiling of the all-new Edge ST today, building on its best-ever SUV sales year in the U.S.

It is the first Ford SUV to have been tuned by Ford Performance, who are of course the same people who designed and built the GT supercar. By contrast, the Ford Edge ST seems a bit half-hearted and restrained.

And in the Edge Sport, it provided 315 horsepower.

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Pricing for the Edge ST hasn't been announced, but the current Edge Sport starts at $41,670, so it will likely sticker for least that much. Drivers can also manually shift using the steering wheel-mounted SelectShift paddle shifters while firmly positioned in unique Edge ST seating with additional bolstering.

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Out back, the 2019 Edge ST sports unique dual exhaust outlets and an aggressive lower diffuser, which when tied together with the new front end and the new wheels makes for one great-looking mid-sized SUV. It will arrive from the factory with a stiffer suspension tune and be available in four new colors, most notable of which is the Ford Performance blue that you see in the pictures. The features include Forward Collision Warning and Dynamic Brake Support; Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection; BLIS with Cross-Traffic Alert; Lane-Keeping Alert; Lane-Keeping Assist; Auto High Beams; and Hill-Start Assist.

Optional technology includes evasive steering assistance and full-range adaptive cruise control with lane-centering assistance.

There's a new onboard WiFi system capable of connecting to as many as 10 different wireless devices, even if you're outside the vehicle, say, for a tailgate party.

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