Ford Edge ST arrives with 335 horsepower

  • Ford Edge ST arrives with 335 horsepower

Ford Edge ST arrives with 335 horsepower

It's the first Ford crossover to boast some serious performance tweaks, so here's a sneak peek.

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

The brakes are now part of a group of standard features for safety on the Edge, said Ford, including technology that helps to detect objects as well as pedestrians and help prevent collisions by braking and steering automatically for drivers. Good on Ford for that, since real surprises are rare these days.

The new 2019 Ford Edge is slated to arrive in dealerships this coming summer. The design is bolder, and the 2.0-liter V6 makes five more ponies than the old version's 245 and comes with a fuel-saving-and-emissions-reducing stop-start feature that Ford says can turn the motor on and off seamlessly.

All-wheel drive with selectable traction control is standard, as is an ST-tuned sport suspension. There's also available adaptive cruise-control and lane-centering features.

It's only two years since the Ford Edge SUV arrived in the United Kingdom market as a big brother to the Kuga and Ecosport in Ford's SUV range, but it's already getting a bit of a facelift.

Talking about technology, the St comes with Sync 3 which features Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa integration and a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 10 devices. Engineers said the service is free for a trial period, after which owners will have to pay for the connection through a provider.

The 2019 Edge is scheduled to go on sale in late summer and will make its public debut at the North American International Auto Show on January 14.

The 2019 crossover is by no means the first utility vehicle to get the performance treatment. It's an every-day driver that adds some pep to a smaller SUV. Until now. The ST adds nearly 100 horsepower and 110 pound-feet of torque with Ford's 2.7-liter EcoBoost turbo V6 (335 hp, 380 lb-ft), which the company characterizes as the most potent in this class. This engine delivers 335 horsepower and 380lb-ft of torque (20 more horsepower and 30lb-ft more torque than the Edge Sport) to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission and an advanced all-wheel-drive system. A new eight-speed automatic gearbox takes care of putting the power down. All models have a redesigned center console housing the rotary gearshift dial Ford's rolled out on some of its vehicles. 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.