Edge ST Added to Ford Performace's Line Up

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DETROIT — Americans love crossovers, and they love to drive fast. So why not combine those passions into the Edge ST, a performance variant of the company's midsize crossover?

The Edge ST, unveiled last week ahead of the Detroit auto show, is the first crossover under the Ford Performance umbrella. It gets a unique grille, specifically tuned suspension, standard all-wheel drive, available performance brakes, unique badging and performance seats. Its specially tuned 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 is the most powerful in the segment, Ford says, generating 335 hp and 380 pound-feet of torque.

It goes on sale as a 2019 model this summer, along with freshened versions of other Edge trims. The Edge, one of the top-selling midsize crossovers, is undergoing slight cosmetic changes while adding what Ford says are the most standard driver-assist systems in the segment. The ST variant will replace the Edge Sport.

The base Edge powertrain is a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine paired with a new eight-speed transmission that gets 250 hp, five more than the current model, and 275 pound-feet of torque.

Standard technologies on all Edge models include post-collision braking; forward-collision warning and dynamic brake support; pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection; lane-departure warning; hill-start assist; and blind-spot information system with cross-traffic alert. New optional technologies include evasive steering assist and lane centering.

Ford also updated the front end, widening the grille and setting it apart from the headlights. There are four new exterior color choices and four wheel options. The rear includes a new liftgate design, new LED tail-lamps and a dual exhaust opening. Inside, the Edge gets a redesigned center console with a new rotary gear shifter.

Ford says the 2019 Edge will feature improved fuel economy but declined to provide details.

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