Ford adds the Edge to its ST performance lineup

Assembly plant in Oakville, Ont. to build new Ford SUV, locking in jobs

Assembly plant in Oakville, Ont. to build new Ford SUV, locking in jobs

Coinciding with the 2019 facelift for the US Ford Edge, Ford is introducing a performance ST variant for the first time. The Edge becomes the Detroit automaker's first high-performance crossover model - though it's not likely to be the last, Ford officials hinted at a background briefing ahead of the 2019 Edge ST unveiling at the North American International Auto Show next week. So Ford made a decision to ditch the SUV's relatively tame Sport edition and give it the full ST treatment. The vehicle will come powered by a 2.7 liter twin-turbo V6 engine that will be offering about 335hp, that is 20hp more compared to the Ford Edge Sport model.

All wheel-drive is standard on the ST and gets help from a water-cooled transfer unit in order to help horsepower and all 380 lb-ft of torque find the grippiest tire.

Depending on which side of the Atlantic you call home, the either massive or barely mid-sized SUV has been given suspension upgrades, an eight-speed automatic with Sport Mode, all-wheel drive and a turbocharged EcoBoost V6 with 335bhp and 380lb ft. That trans has paddle shifters.

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Built at the Oakville Assembly Plant in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, the new Ford Edge and all-new Edge ST are due to arrive in showrooms this summer. A "relaxed ESC" setting can be activated on the ST, which according to one engineer at Ford, will "widen the window for stability control".

It's the company's first SUV tuned by the Ford Performance team responsible for the GT supercar, zippy Focus RS and powerful F-150 Raptor.

Ford says the vehicle will feature a new Sport mode with sharper throttle response and shifting behaviour, so it'll be more likely to sit by the redline.

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More standard safety features include forward collision warning, pre-collision assist, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, LED headlights and automatic high beams.

Edge sales have improved steadily in the competitive and rapidly growing Middle CUV segment in the USA, hitting 142,603 units a year ago when it was Ford's fastest-growing SUV brand at 6.0%, according to WardsAuto data.

Sporty on the inside as well as the outside, the Ford Edge ST offers better handling and braking in Sport Mode. The eight-speed auto should give the computer more options for channeling power through the standard AWD system.

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