2019 Ford Edge ST revealed but not for NZ

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Words: Nile Bijoux
12 Jan 2018

A new ST version was recently revealed as the hero of the Ford Edge SUV range in the US, replacing the former Sport variant, but unfortunately it isn’t likely we will see the revamped model here any time soon.

Instead, later in the year we get our hands on the Edge (branded Endura) in ST-Line guise, which features a 2.0-litre bi-turbodiesel offering 154kW and 450Nm, and it sits in the middle of Ford’s local SUV ladder.

The fully-fledged ST looks like it will be staying in America. That variant, fettled by the Ford Performance team, gets an updated version of the 2.7-litre turbocharged V6 Ecoboost engine that debuted in the Sport, now pumping out 264kW and 515Nm, connected to an eight-speed auto with all-wheel drive. Wheel-mounted paddle shifters are standard on ST.

Ford reckons on a 0-100 time at the low end of the five-second bracket, improved around half a second on the former Sport model. A new Sport mode offers more aggressive throttle response and shifting, paired with a “more resonant” exhaust note, seldom a bad thing. ESP backs off as well. Keeping the show on the road is ST-tuned suspension, designed for sharper responses and improved handling. A performance brake package is an optional extra.

In terms of looks a styling refresh sees the top Edge get a more aggressive grille and bumper, unique dual exhausts, optional 21-inch wheels and ST branding on sills and the bolstered sports seats.

Naturally plenty of driver-assistance technologies are standard, including forward-collision warning with dynamic brake support, pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist, auto high beam, and hill-start assist.

Other new safety features include post-collision braking, evasive steering assist and adaptive cruise with stop and go and lane centring. The former helps reduce the impact of a potential secondary collision by automatically applying moderate brake pressure after an initial collision. This can potentially lessen injury to occupants and damage to the vehicle. Evasive steering assist helps drivers steer around stopped or slower vehicles if a collision seems imminent. The final item is self explanatory.

The Edge ST will be shown off in the metal at the Detroit Motor Show next week when further details will be revealed.

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