Ford debuts new Edge ST ahead of Detroit auto show

Ford debuts new Edge ST ahead of Detroit auto show

Ford debuts new Edge ST ahead of Detroit auto show

We'll know the Edge as the Ford Endura, but while Oz gets a family-focused diesel powertrain, the American market's new hero model will be packing a powerful petrol engine tweaked by Ford Performance. It comes packing a 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine that pushes out 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, the Edge ST will also offer selectable traction control, a performance brake package and Sport Mode driving.

Select the "Sport" mode, and you'll get a sharper throttle response and shifts that hold on to those revs for longer, sharper engine braking and a louder exhaust.

Increased cornering capabilities come courtesy of a sport suspension with retuned dampers, springs and standard 20-inch wheels. Ford also provided a manual shifting option using the steering wheel-mounted SelectShift paddle shifters.

Ford says the auto will feature a new Sport mode with sharper throttle response and shifting behaviour, so it'll be more likely to sit by the redline. It's all mated to a new 8-speed transmission.

Ford will fit the brakes on its redesigned 2019 Edge midsize crossover vehicle and its new 2019 Ranger midsize pickup, that will compete later this year with the Chevrolet Colorado and Toyota Tacoma.

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.

Distinguishable from its lesser-powered brethren, you'll spot a wider grille, deeper side skirts and dual exhausts. There are also additional standard perks - forward collision warning, pre-collision assist, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, and automatic high beams. The FordPass Connect multimedia connectivity system with Wi-Fi will be standard, enabling the connection of up to 10 wireless personal electronic devices, and enabling communication with smartphones via the FordPass app.

Following CEO Jim Hackett's mantra - smart vehicles for a smart world - the 2019 Edge is outfitted with a full suite of driver-assist features. On Thursday, the carmaker pulled the cover off the lastest member of its Ford Performance division: the Edge ST SUV.

Notable tech features include the ability to locate, unlock, start, and lock the auto with a mobile app and connect up to 10 devices to in-car WiFi. Drivers can also upgrade to SYNC 3 with an 8-inch touchscreen for enhanced in-vehicle experience.

Meanwhile, the standard Ford Edge range sees a facelift for the 2019 model year, bringing an new front and rear treatments, upgraded LED lighting all-round, new colour choices and revised alloy wheel designs.

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