2019 Ford Edge ST: Blue Ovals First Per­for­mance SUV Rocks!

Asian Journal - - WORLD - 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 all­wheel 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

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