Performance-Enhanced 2019 Ford Edge ST AWD First Look

As if its Performance Blue hue doesn’t give it away, meet Ford’s first-ever ST badged SUV: the 2019 Ford Edge ST.  It’s new to the Edge family and after clocking 0-60 in under 6 seconds in recent testing, Ford says it’s the quickest SUV its ever built.

2019 Ford Edge ST

I checked out the new Edge ST recently at a first drive event in Dallas. The short story: the Edge ST won me over immediately.  Aimed not just at performance enthusiasts but mammas who want to spice up the carpool lane, this is one fun to drive SUV thanks to its power,  great handling, braking and ST-tuned sport suspension. It looks great, too, drenched in Ford Performance Blue.

First and foremost, the Edge ST is about performance.  You get 335-horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque from a specially tuned 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 mated to a new to the lineup 8-speed transmission. (That’s 85 more horses than the non-ST engine.)  To keep the engine cool, the front grille takes on ST design cues from the Ford Performance team to provide 40% more airflow.

The Edge ST comes with standard all-wheel drive, which handled slick roads with ease during my rainy test drive. It’s also equipped with a new Sport Mode with selectable traction control.  Hit the S button on the drive mode knob and you’re going to feel a big difference in the ride. The engine and suspension automatically get more responsive. Plus the exhaust sounds better.  Drivers can also manually shift using the steering wheel-mounted SelectShift paddle shifters. Performance brakes are also available.

The Edge ST rides on standard 20-inch wheels but 21-inch are available and there are dual-exhausts in back. Ford Performance badging adorns the scuff plates.  In the cabin, the Edge ST has special badging on the steering wheel and on the uniquely contoured ST seats that hug you and feel great with additional bolstering.

Car Pro Show host Jerry Reynolds will be spending the week of November 26 with the Edge ST, so stay tuned for his review and video. Until then, check out our one-on-one interview with Ford ST Engineer Reza Elahi below.

What’s New for the 2019 Edge Lineup

We’d be remiss if we didn’t tell you what was new about the entire 2019 Edge lineup while we’re at it, which aside from the ST, offers SE, SEL and Titanium trims.

The 2019 Edge looks sportier with changes to the front and rear, along with a wider grille, hood and liftgate.  LED headlights are standard. New fog lights are available on SEL and above models.  There are five new wheel styles. Silver roof rack side rails are standard on Edge SEL and Titanium not equipped with available Panoramic Vista Roof. Agate Black, Baltic Sea Green, Stone Gray are new colors for 2019. Ford’s Blue Performance paint is exclusive to the ST.

The standard Edge lineup comes with a updated 2.0-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder good for 280 lb-ft of torque and 250-horsepower, up five over the last model.  It’s mated to the new 8-speed automatic transmission we mentioned earlier, and, because we know you’ll ask, yes, Auto Start-Stop is standard across the range. To improve Edge aerodynamics, 2019 models are equipped with active grille shutters, full underbody shields and air curtains that create a high-pressure region of air around the outer surface of the wheels and tires for reduced drag.

The 2019 Edge can also be had with Ford’s new available all-wheel-drive disconnect system that improves traction and fuel efficiency. The system can detect road conditions and switch automatically between two-wheel and all-wheel drive in a fraction of a second.

Interior changes include a new console with an all-new rotary gearshift dial and two new storage bins. A wireless charging pad is standard on Edge Titanium and available on Edge SEL and ST.  The rearview camera now includes a lens washer. ActiveX, a unique seating material is available for Edge SEL. A 12-speaker B&O PLAY premium audio system by HARMAN is standard on Titanium and ST.

A new Titanium Elite Appearance Package is also new. It includes 20-inch bright-machined aluminum wheels with premium dark stainless-painted pockets, body-color front bumper and lower fascia with chrome inserts, body-color rear bumper and body-color side cladding with bright chrome inserts.

Standard Ford Co-Pilot360

The 2019 Edge is also Ford’s first SUV with standard Ford Co-Pilot360. The system includes Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert, Lane-Keeping System, rearview camera and auto high-beam headlamps.  Post-impact braking and rain-sensing wipers are also standard.

The Edge also introduces some new available Ford driver assist features as well:

  • Post-Collision Braking: Brakes after a first collision to reduce a potential second collision.
  • Evasive Steering Assist: Helps drivers steer around stopped or slower vehicles to help avoid collisions.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Lane Centering: Helps the vehicle maintain a comfortable driving distance from vehicles ahead.

Pricing, MPG and Availability

The base 2019 Ford Edge SE starts from $29,995. The SEL from $33,090 and the Titanium from $38,550. The Ford ST starts from $42,355. Pricing excludes destination. As far as fuel economy goes, all but the ST get an EPA-estimated 22 city/29 highway miles. The ST gets 19 city/26 highway.

The 2019 Ford Edge is built at the Oakville Assembly Plant in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. It’s in Car Pro Certified Dealer showrooms now.

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