The Focus ST formally introduced Americans to FoMoCo's high performance program and the Fiesta ST built on the popularity of the Focus, offering go-fast-fans two different options when shopping for a small, high performance auto. The V6 is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive is standard. To be denied one seems a bit of a shame, even if the reality of an Edge ST makes that position understandable. But it should handle with loads more poise and panache. Power is rated at 335 horsepower and 380 lb. -ft. of torque.
Raj Nair, the president of North American operations at Ford, said during an interview that the automaker is planning to be much more aggressive in the standardizing of features that assist the driver.
Ford has announced that a new version of the Edge SUV will be rolling into dealerships and this flavor is the first ST SUV Ford has offered. For the first time since its inception, the Edge will be offered in ST trim, making it the first high-performance crossover sold under the Ford nameplate.
Edge sales have improved steadily in the competitive and rapidly growing Middle CUV segment in the US, hitting 142,603 units previous year when it was Ford's fastest-growing SUV brand at 6.0%, according to WardsAuto data. The move to a new electronically controlled eight-speed automatic transmission sees a new rotary shifter installed in the console, just like in the larger Explorer.
Rolling on 21-inch wheels, the new 2019 Edge will find new front and rear styling, a wide mesh grille for optimal cooling, deep side skirts and dual-exhaust outlets in the back. With that, Ford made sure Edge ST is the smartest SUV ever. A 12-speaker premium audio system by Harman is available, as is the Sync 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch screen.
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On the outside, the Edge ST features a unique front fascia that bears a striking resemblance to the ST-brand cars.
These add to the existing forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, high-beam assist, hill-start assist and reversing camera.
New driver-assist features include post-collision braking, to reduce the possibility of additional damage following an accident; an available adaptive cruise control system that functions down to a full stop and resumption of speed; and Evasive Steering Assist.
Notable tech features include the ability to locate, unlock, start, and lock the vehicle with a mobile app and connect up to 10 devices to in-car WiFi.