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Old 01-11-2018, 05:48 PM   #1
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2019 Ford Edge ST First Look: First Performance SUV

New look, new trim level for the midsize SUV




January 10, 2018



Perhaps it was only a matter of time, but Ford has created its first performance SUV with the 2019 Edge ST midsize crossover, which goes on sale this summer with a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine and a new look shared with the rest of the refreshed Edge lineup.



Adding the first ST to the SUV lineup underscores, once again, that Ford is a truck company—a point it continues to punctuate with each new vehicle launch. The F-Series is its bread and butter, and the range is expanding with the addition of a diesel-powered F-150 coming this summer and the long-awaited Ford Ranger midsize pickup.

Equally key are SUVs. Ford sold almost 800,000 SUVs last year and has no intention of slowing the pace. The EcoSport subcompact crossover is the latest new nameplate for Ford in the U.S., a new Explorer is in the works along with a Lincoln counterpart, and the newly named Lincoln Nautilus replaces the MKX. Ford’s first long-range electric vehicle will also be an SUV.

As the truck side of the business expands, the automaker continues to pull back on cars. The Fiesta might soon be discontinued in the U.S.; China got a new Taurus, but the U.S. did not; the next-gen Focus will come from China; and future updates and production plans for the Fusion appear uncertain with a redesign planned for China in 2020 but not for North America.

Ford’s new CEO, Jim Hackett, said he is reallocating $7 billion in capital from cars to SUVs and trucks. Some of that spending has gone to the Ford Edge, which gets a significant upgrade for the 2019 model.



The Edge, which made its debut in 2006, was the brand’s first car-based unibody crossover. It was also the first to add a Sport trim level in 2009 and to have the MyFord Touch infotainment system in 2011, which would have been a much bigger honor if the system and touchscreen weren’t so buggy, creating quality issues that the brand spent years rectifying.

But it does not take from the fact that Ford sees the Edge, with 2 million global sales to date, as a platform to test new things. Especially as the segment has grown 50 percent during the Edge’s lifetime and is projected to grow another 9 percent this year to 2.4 million, said group SUV marketing manager Michael O’Brien.

So when work began about two and a half years ago on updating the Edge, the plans grew to include a performance version worthy of ST badging.
The Ford Performance team added horsepower to the 2.7-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine, taking it to 335 hp from 315 in the 2017 Edge Sport. Torque is a healthy 380 lb-ft with standard all-wheel drive to handle it. Fuel economy numbers are not out yet, but the 2017 Edge Sport with this engine is rated at 17/24 mpg city/highway.



The rest of the Edge lineup is equipped with Ford’s 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. The direct-injection turbocharged engine gets 250 hp, which is an increase of 5 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque.

The Edge will be Ford’s first use of its new eight-speed automatic transmission with start/stop, which was developed in-house. Ford developed the outgoing six-speed with General Motors, and the two partnered to make new nine- and 10-speeds that are slowly entering the market. New for the Edge family is an e-shifter with a rotary dial, freeing more room in the center console. When the vehicle doors are opened, it automatically goes into park.

There are paddle shifters, which in the 2019 Edge ST are fully manual. The button for Sport mode is in the middle of the rotary shifter and changes the throttle response and shifting patterns to stay closer to redline—it rev matches the downshift in the apex and prevents upshifting on an extended corner. The exhaust note is louder; the engine braking is sharper.

You can turn off the stability control or go into “relaxed mode” to slide the car around. Don’t worry about SUV’s tippier stance; roll control stability is always active.



To earn ST status, the sport suspension was tuned for more damping, and the brakes are larger, especially if you opt for the performance brake package with exposed red 345mm vented rear rotors. In addition to the 20-inch wheels, there are optional 21-inch five-spoke wheels in gloss black, including the cap. Ford will offer a performance summer tire because Ford engineers fully expect some owners to take their Edge ST to the track.

The thinking behind an Edge ST is that people will continue to move out of sedans and into utility vehicles, but not as many are moving out of performance cars, which suggests a reluctance to give up spirited driving. Hence, logic suggests a performance SUV hits a sweet spot. “People want an SUV but still want to drive aggressively,” vehicle engineering manager Jonathan Crocker said.

Currently about 10 percent of Edge sales are the Sport—a trim level that goes away with the addition of the ST. Executives think the ST could capture at least as many 2019 Edge sales.


Designer Steve Gilmore, who also worked on the 2015 Edge, wanted this latest update to look more confident and aggressive. It starts with a bigger grille—both higher and wider—fronting a hood that was brought forward. The LED headlamps were pulled to the corners for a greater sense of width. The optional LED foglamps are designed to work with the headlamps to create the image of a C.



For 2019 there are new colors inside and out: four exterior and three new interior palettes. There are also four new wheel choices, including 19-inch aluminum painted wheels on the Titanium.

The Edge ST comes in an exclusive “Ford performance blue,” and the color extends into the lower bumper that is chrome on the regular Edge. The ST has blacked out hexagonal upper and lower grilles compared with the slats on the rest of the Edge family. The ST drops the chrome strip on the back of the regular models, and the dual exhaust tips have a unique square shape.

Stepping inside reveals the “Ford performance”-emblazed sill plate, ST badging on the leather steering wheel, and the black leather seats with extra bolstering just for the ST.




On the safety side, there is a lot of standard equipment across the SE, SEL, Titanium, and ST, including hill-start assist, blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, auto high-beams, lane keep assist, and forward collision warning with brake support. Active park assist is an option.

A new post-collision braking system stops the car from continuing to move after an initial crash. Also new is evasive steering assist, which helps you apply the right amount of steering to avoid a collision, a first for a nonluxury SUV, Ford driver assist technology manager Scott Lindstrom said. It will also be in the Lincoln Nautilus. The Edge also gets adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality and lane centering to keep the SUV safely in its lane and at correct speed to not hit the vehicle in front.

For 2019 the Edge family has an embedded modem and Wi-Fi to create a hot spot with a 50-foot range for the 10 devices that can be connected to it—guaranteed to make you popular at the soccer field.


With the FordPass Connect app on your smartphone, you can locate, start, and unlock your car remotely. The car’s software also supports Amazon’s Alexa voice service, so you can talk to the digital assistant from your car. The Edge also has a 12-speaker B&O Play audio system from Harman that was tuned for the Edge. Titanium has features such as wireless charging and remote start.

The Edge is built at the Oakville Assembly Plant in Ontario.
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Here I was patiently waiting for a USDM Forester STi and Ford said "Wait no more".
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Here I was patiently waiting for a USDM Forester STi and Ford said "Wait no more".


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Here I was patiently waiting for a USDM Forester STi and Ford said "Wait no more".
600 lbs negates that extra dollop of sport and power...and wrong blue oval.
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Cool concept, but I ain't paying $40k for one.
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Cool concept, but I ain't paying $40k for one.
Incentives, discounts, rebates. Only a fool pays msrp.
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Incentives, discounts, rebates. Only a fool pays msrp.
Exactly. This is a pretty impressive vehicle and if you can get one for mid $30's I think a very good value. The only thing that scares me is a Ford/Chevy sourced transmission. Both companies have had their challenges over the years with making reliable transmissions. The current GM A8 in the Corvette, Tahoe, etc has been having tons of issues.
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4,400lbs, 335hp/380tq, 8spd auto only; does it have a drift mode? Although I have zero interest in this vehicle, Ford is playing to today's market; it will sell like hot cakes.
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It sure does look good, to me anyway.
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Fuel is cheap, and SUVs are hot again. This will sell well.
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Yeah, I get that, I've probably bought more new Fords than you have.

That doesn't change the fact that Ford dealerships are notoriously shady when it comes to special editions/model lines.

The Edge Sport starts at $40k and goes up from there so yeah, that's a fairly accurate price for the model that's supposed to replace it. You're simply not going to see the discounts on these that you see on the bargain basement models and Ford often excludes ST(and RS) models from factory incentives.
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As a veteran of blue oval, your aware that you give it a few months and the heat is over, and the incentives are back. Granted there are cases like the Boss and GT350, but all the STs, and even the RS (at most dealerships) dropped to realistic prices.
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Yeah, I get that, I've probably bought more new Fords than you have.

That doesn't change the fact that Ford dealerships are notoriously shady when it comes to special editions/model lines.

The Edge Sport starts at $40k and goes up from there so yeah, that's a fairly accurate price for the model that's supposed to replace it. You're simply not going to see the discounts on these that you see on the bargain basement models and Ford often excludes ST(and RS) models from factory incentives.
RS I would agree but I have seen some big discounts on Focus and Fiesta ST models in the past. Typically these discounts are not available for brand new models, but if you want a little bit they are available.
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As a veteran of blue oval, your aware that you give it a few months and the heat is over, and the incentives are back. Granted there are cases like the Boss and GT350, but all the STs, and even the RS (at most dealerships) dropped to realistic prices.
+12 months.
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But will they put the correct head gaskets in it?
That's only a concern if it's built in Germany
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Obviously not the most critical spec in a sport vehicle like this but any towing info?
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2019 Ford Edge ST gets pricing info, finally

Ford hopes the Edge ST will compete with the performance crossovers from Europe, and is charging accordingly.



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The Ford Edge ST was pretty polarizing when it made its debut in Detroit way back in January, given its lack of a manual transmission and the fact that it's a crossover. We will admit to being more than a little curious as to what Ford was planning on charging for the thing and now, thanks to documents secured by CarsDirect, we know.


The Ford Edge ST gets a menacing black grille, bigger brakes and more power, but will it be worthy of the ST badge?
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The Edge ST will cost around $1,500 more than the Ford Edge Sport, bringing its total after destination to $43,350. What are you getting for those extra greenbacks though? Bigger brakes, sportier suspension and a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine that puts out 335 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque.

Paying over $40,000 for an American crossover is likely to make some customers balk, but Ford is adamant that the Edge ST will prove to be a real rival for sport crossovers from the likes of Audi, Mercedes and Porsche. Time's going to tell on that one though.

The 2019 Ford Edge ST will go on sale later this summer.
Only three weeks of summer left… I haven’t seen one yet.


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First Drive: 2019 Ford Edge ST
The future of ST begins. Will buyers move from Ford’s hot hatches to a crossover?


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PARK CITY, Utah — With Ford planning to dump most of its cars and concentrate its business on trucks, SUVs, and the Mustang, fans of Ford’s ST models have to be wondering what will happen next. The Blue Oval has started to provide some answers in the form of the 2019 Ford Edge ST.

On the surface, the Edge ST serves as a replacement for the previous-gen Edge Sport. But the midsize crossover was handed over to the Ford Performance team for a thorough going-over. And gone over it they have, stiffening the springs, beefing up the brakes, and enhancing the engine. The 2.7 liter twin-turbo V-6 EcoBoost now puts out 335 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque, up 20 hp and 30 lb-ft from the 2018 Edge Sport. The ST also employs all-wheel drive as its predecessor did, but it uses a new rear-axle disconnect setup that helps save fuel when AWD isn’t engaged.

A four-mode stability control system Ford calls AdvanceTrac allows the driver to choose from full on, traction control off, sport/track mode, and full off (though even in the latter setting the system will step in to prevent rollover). Performance-oriented options include 21-in wheels with Pirelli P Zero summer tires and a bigger brake package.

Ford invited us up to Park City, Utah, where we got a chance to attack some curvy mountain roads in the 2019 Edge ST. Equipped with the optional summer tires, the Edge displayed impressive levels of grip and body control for an SUV of its size and heft. Push harder and the Edge holds on well, eventually reaching its limits of traction with a slow and steady onset of understeer. Most impressive was the way the body stayed flat in the corners, unlike the standard Edge, which leans like a proverbial schooner in the bends.


Power from the twin-turbo V-6 is good—not knock-your-socks-off good, but more than adequate for a performance-oriented SUV. Ford claims a 0-60 mph time of “under six seconds” (our guess: 5.98). Off-the-line acceleration feels comparable to the 2.0-liter turbocharged four in other Edge models, but where the 2.0T runs out of steam at higher speeds, the V-6 continues to pull strongly.

But Ford’s ‘quick-shifting’ 8-speed automatic transmission the engine is paired with proved to be a disappointment when we flogged it. Ford says when it’s in Sport mode, the tranny will hold shifts longer in the power band, upshift faster, and rev match. We found it slow to shift up and down and it responded to part-throttle power requests as if it had been given a healthy shot of Novocain. Accelerate hard and back off the power, and the transmission would sometimes respond with a delayed upshift that came with a worrying thunk. There are paddle shifters supplied, but the transmission’s Sport program ought to do a better job of paying attention to the driver.

Ford also set up an autocross of sorts to run the Edge ST through. Provided we didn’t do anything dumb, like, say, crank the wheel too hard heading into a turn, (all in the name of evaluating the car, of course, and not because we forgot how sharp the turn was) the Edge ST went pretty much where we pointed it, hustling in a manner that made it easy to forget it’s a bulky crossover.

But—and you knew there was going to be a “but”, didn’t you?—the price you pay for this accomplished handling is a rock-hard ride. Ford confined our test route to relatively smooth pavement, but the second the roads turned rough, the Edge ST’s ride turned rougher, to the point of downright discomfort. It’s the old trade-off that good handling comes at the expense of ride quality. Except that it isn’t really true—just ask any Audi, BMW, or Volkswagen owner.


Perhaps the 21-in wheel and performance tire package were part of the problem. We’re betting the standard-fit 20-in wheels probably wouldn’t help much other than to potentially have a negative impact on the handling, as they come with lesser Hankook all-season tires.

The Edge ST’s aforementioned Sport mode, which is activated by pushing a button on the center of the new rotary shifter, cranks up throttle and transmission response and turns the active noise cancellation system into performance mode (basically amplifying the tastier engine noises and pumping them through the speakers). Turning it off does nothing to relax the ride or the steering that we could discern, which feels unnecessarily heavy when you aren’t charging hard through the curves.

Shame, because there are other things the Edge ST gets right. First and foremost is the look: The blacked-out trim, big wheels, and trapezoidal exhaust tips (functional, by the way, which is more than we can say about those on the Audi SQ5) give it great presence.

Inside, the ST gets unique interior trim to differentiate it from lesser Edges. Unfortunately, nothing’s been done about the control layout other than the addition of the rotary shifter. The infotainment system’s old-school graphics, sparse look-alike buttons on the center stack and plethora of them on the steering wheel lend the cabin a dated feel. It’s an undeserved first impression, because this is a more modern system than it appears; along with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, it now offers compatibility with Alexa and Waze as well as a 4G LTE WiFi hot spot.


Like other 2019 Edge models, the ST gets a standard-fit safety suite Ford calls Co-Pilot 360, which includes collision warning with automatic braking, blind-spot warning, a backup camera, a lane-keeping system and automatic high beams. But features that actually make it work as a copilot—adaptive cruise control and lane centering—are optional extras. We sampled all the systems in the ST we drove and found they worked as intended.

The Edge ST even comes with a standard-fit towing package, though its 3,500 lb capacity is about 2,500 lbs less than the BMW X5 xDrive50i.

But the V-8-powered X5 will set you back nearly $77,000 if you can find one without options (good luck with that). The Audi SQ5 starts at $55,295, which just happens to be a mere $290 more than an Edge ST with all of the bells and whistles. The cheapest version of the Ford Edge ST is priced at $43,350, only a couple grand more than you’d pay for an entry-level Q5. That’s some good ol’ American value from this Canadian-built crossover.

As far as the Edge ST’s role as the new face of Ford Performance, a couple of the Ford staffers we spoke with see the Edge ST as the next logical step for a Focus ST buyer who has started a family. Trading in an easily upgradable, manual-transmission equipped Focus or Fiesta ST for big turn-key SUV, even another Ford with an ST badge, seems a brook too broad for leaping. (An Escape ST—now there’s something they may consider, something Ford no doubt is as well.)


For those who insist on cars, they say, there’s always the Mustang, to which we say if they wanted a Mustang, they’d already have a Mustang. The about-to-expire ST cars appeal to very specific buyers for very specific reasons, and we don’t think the Mustang (or the Edge ST, for that matter) hits those criteria.

We see the Edge ST targeting an older and wealthier buyer, one looking for strong performance and an edgier look with an American badge. But would such a buyer be willing to put up with the Edge ST’s harsh ride? If they live back East, where winters wreak havoc with pavement, we can’t see that happening, either.

It’s interesting that Ford has dropped the Edge Sport for 2019. It seems as though a vehicle with the attractive styling of the Edge ST, the strong performance of the EcoBoost V-6, and the softer ride and easier steering of the standard Edge would make sense. Several manufacturers have done well with vehicles that look sporty and ride comfortably, we’re sure Ford would as well.

Meanwhile, if the Edge is the new face of ST, then we think Ford will be looking for new faces among its buyers. Whether they will find them or not remains to be seen.

2019 Ford Edge ST Specifications

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PRICE$43,350 (base)
ENGINE2.7L twin-turbo DOHC 24-valve V-6/335 hp @ 5,500 rpm, 380 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm
TRANSMISSION8-speed automatic
LAYOUT4-door, 5-passenger, front-engine, AWD SUV
EPA MILEAGE19/26 mpg city/highway
L x W x H188.8 x 75.9 x 68.3 in
WHEELBASE112.2 in
WEIGHT4,477 lb
0-60 MPH5.9 sec (est)
TOP SPEED122 mph (est)
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Too bad. It reads like the same review when the Fusion ST first came out: Overall just okay (especially when compared to the specs). Once it's blacklisted by the enthusiast crowd, I'm not sure who the buyers for it are... Ford will prob be giving these away in a few months.
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It needs more poor reviews. Then the vehicle dynamics manager will get his wish, add torque vectoring, and we can give it drift mode.
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Assuming it wouldn't rollover in all of the reviews, that would actually make sense as far as marketing it.
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