The New 2019 Ford Edge ST Is The Sharpest Yet

Mention the letters ST around hot-hatch enthusiasts and they’re bound to light up. But the latest addition to the Ford Performance lineup isn’t a Fiesta or a Focus. In fact it isn’t a hatchback at all (though it does have four doors and a tailgate). It’s an SUV.

Feast your eyes on the new Ford Edge ST, the sharpest version of Dearborn’s midsize crossover yet. It’s like the existing Edge Sport, only more so.

Under the hood sits the same 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 as the Edge Sport, but instead of 315 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque, the Edge ST offers up 335 hp and 380 lb-ft. That puts it closer, in terms of output, to the Focus RS than to the Focus ST. The engine’s also mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission (instead of the old six-speed slushbox), with standard all-wheel drive – but while the steering wheel has paddle shifters, sadly a manual is not available.

It’s the most powerful engine that Ford’s ever fitted in this model – edging out, so to speak, the larger 3.5-liter atmospheric V6 with its 280 hp and 315 lb-ft. And according to the manufacturer, it’s the most powerful V6 offered in its class. The Blue Oval automaker isn’t saying what it’ll do, but the Edge Sport could dispatch 0-60 times in about 5.7 seconds and run the quarter-mile in 14.3, and you can expect to see the new Edge ST better those numbers.

What we do know is that the Edge has been tightened up all around in ST spec: the suspension, throttle response, shift patterns, engine braking, exhaust note, and styling have all been sharpened. There’s a more aggressive-looking aero pack, dual exhaust tips, and 21-inch wheels, and there’ll be an upgraded performance brake package offered as well – a good idea considering the levels of inertia involved in a performance SUV.

Along with the new ST model, Ford has upgraded the rest of the Edge lineup for 2019 with more safety systems, infotainment options, and powertrain equipment. Even the base 2.0-liter EcoBoost four now offers five more horsepower while returning better fuel economy, thanks in no small part to that eight-speed automatic.

Expect to see the sharpened Edge on show in Detroit starting next week, in all specifications – including the new ST (pictured in blue) and the premium Titanium model (in deep red).

2019 Ford Edge ST

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  • Christian

    OH NO, the Edge came to Europe last year…

  • Sébastien

    Face is nicely improved! But not a fan of the vertical-squarish tailpipes àla LandRover… Also the interior seems to be still a copy of the aging Fusion/Mondeo

  • Mark S

    I rather like current Edge Sport as it looks like somewhat of a sleeper. This screams ticket me. I must say this is one of the better and more extensive refreshes I have seen, I had to do a double-take as this could pass for a evolutionary redesign. I hope the new looks translate well over to the rest of the line-up. For me it would have to be a well optioned turbo 4 over the ST or even wait for the next generation Escape, or better yet the upcoming Bronco. Nice job though Ford.

  • TheHake

    Man! I won’t mind this. The consumption would KILL me in my commute, but I’d have fun dying!

  • Six Thousand Times

    Yep. The teaser was too obvious.

  • john1168

    I’ve been wanting Ford to do this to the Fusion for quite a while. Instead, they’re getting rid of the Fusion and they do it to a CUV…. D’OH!!! I won’t buy it but I can see Ford selling a lot of these. I can’t believe they’re STILL using that pathetic instrument cluster with the dinner plate sized speedometer in the middle and the walnut sized tachometer off to the side. Ford, please get rid of that already!

  • WG

    The front, especially the grille, reminds me of the GMC Acadia.

    • dumblikeyou2

      Exactly what I thought too.

    • SgtBeavis

      Yea, that popped in my head as well. Still, a very nice design. The Acadia is nice too.

  • ediotsavant

    I still say the previous generation is much better looking than this one. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/dff684d78303a231ce793eea45341ec703111a20fbf762f30d428a2de8ac9bfa.jpg

    • Benjamin B.

      except it had the heavier 3.7L from the Mustang in the front (which makes it very front heavy)

      • Bullitt2605

        Never liked the off road fender clearance of the old one, Sure the sport wheels filled it but they looked too big.

    • fabri99

      Yup, at least it didn’t look like a Hyundai.

  • Innocuous

    I guess it makes sense ( considering how SUVs are all the rage rn ), but “Performance SUV” still sounds oxymoronic.
    The new front is kinda derivative, like something from GTA, but it looks new ( the whole point of a facelift ).

    • Cobrajet

      It already has the word ‘Sport’ in the acronym.

      • Innocuous

        I’m talking about the idea of a “performance SUV” rather than the acronym, but i also think the term “SUV” is very idiotic.

  • roy

    Opel headlamps much ?

  • Bash

    I like that space in front of the cup holders, perfect place for my I phone.

    • SgtBeavis

      good eye.

  • Bo Hanan

    Good move. No other American manufacturer has this segment covered. But it does put it up against the Macan S, Q5 S, etc.

  • Nihar

    Shit… Looks bold

    Same steering wheel though?
    *face-palm*

    • Leconte Dave

      They didnt put pictures of the steering. Only the titanium

      • rodriguez256

        You can see a side view of it from the ST pictures. It does appear to be the same shape, so not much changed. With that said I personally don’t mind it.

  • nauticalone

    Looks good. Though I don’t like the vertical exhaust outlets (like new Cadillac) and I also think 21″ wheels are one or two sizes larger than I’d want. I’d go with one more like the red one pictured.
    I do have to call out Ford (in particular Ford Performance) here though – how is it that this is fitted with matching front / rear brake calipers in ST trim while the new Mustang GT Performance Pack has performance brake calipers only at the front? with standard non-matching rear calipers? What’s the thinking there?

    • Paul Webster

      I’m with you on the rim size. I suspect that the ST will also suffer from the anemic towing capacity that the Sport featured. Wish they went further into details on the suspension and transfer box. Enticing, but probably no sale for this Edge owner considering an upgrade.

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    european debut in geneva oncoming

  • Honda NSX-R

    Hey Ford, it’d be cool if you gave us an Escape ST too.

  • Ishliss

    See A LOT of opel/buick in the headlamps, but a much needed update. HATED the octagon lighting elements in the lower bumper it used to have.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    I’m more than OK with this. This is what we need more of.

    If only Mazda did this with the CX-5…

  • SgtBeavis

    That’s a very nice refresh. I see they’ve gone with the dial type gear selector too. I like these when they’re done in a logical manner that saves space on the center console. That’s exactly what Ford appears to have done here. The dial lets them move the cup holder forward and too the side, granting easier access to the driver. My Jag has the same dial but it’s done in a way that doesn’t save any console space, which is kinda pointless IMO.

    I remember when mid-cycle refreshes meant the car was about to get uglier. Ford seems to have reversed that trend over the last decade. Nicely done.

  • willhaven

    What a god damn stupid car.

    • Dr Phil McCaviti DDS

      What a well thought out comment. Curious as to what would make you want to spout your Donald Trumpian inspired outburst.

      • willhaven

        I’m actually not sure which comment is less useful – my unrefined outburst or your critique of my comment. As to your inquiry regarding my comment – I doubt your genuine curiosity and wonder what would make you want to reply to me to begin with.

  • When will they end these black-rimmed alloy wheels? They only look appropriate for cars that really go fast, i.e., Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Mustang, Camaro, Bugatti, McClaren, M-B GT, etc…

    • Bullitt2605

      I don’t think they look good on anything, but that’s just me. Whey design a nice wheel when you can’t even see any of the details. The Edge looks go though. I have been enjoying my 2017 Explorer Sport with the 3.5 EB for a year now. Press the go pedal and it goes!

      • True. On certain hyper-cars it looks ok, but I prefer the old fashioned platinum/silver/brushed aluminum look.

        • Bullitt2605

          I agree.

  • jsz00

    The Edge ST is like a car that no one really asked for.

    • Bullitt2605

      I guess you have been living under a rock for the last 10 years. Audi SQ5, BMW X5M, Ford Explorer Sport, Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG, Porsche Cayenne & Macan, TrackHawk to name a few.

      • jsz00

        Really? They’re not even in the same league, moron.

        • Bullitt2605

          Its a performance SUV, lots of people are asking for them that’s why so many different manufacturers are making them. Go back to your rock.

          • jsz00

            People who buy mainstream SUV’s are not in the market for a performance SUV… it’s a good thing that you don’t run a car company because they’ll go bankrupt.

          • Paul Webster

            So not true. I own an Edge. I am considering an upgrade. The Edge Sport does not meet my towing or GVW requirements. The ST has 380ft/lb of torque. That’s what I need. I don’t need those gawdawful 21″ rims however. When I want to go balls to the walls I get behind the wheel of my blown Mustang.

          • Bullitt2605

            Someone once said its best to be thought an idiot and remain quiet than to speak out and remove all doubt. You have removed any doubt that you are an idiot.

          • jsz00

            Is that your best shot? No wonder you fail in life. You don’t know anything about automotive segmentation. The SUVs mentioned are over $45K

          • Bullitt2605

            Let me explain what you said, “the Edge ST is a car no one really asked for” First the Edge is not a car, second with all the manufacturers putting out hot SUV/CUV’s lot’s of people must be asking for them. But somehow even though the auto manufacturers are making them I don’t know what I am talking about. 3rd yes they are expensive which wasn’t mentioned in your original post so I have no idea why you brought that up. My 2017 Explorer Sport was over $45k but I can afford it so I guess you just fail at trolling.

  • eb110americana

    “It’s the most powerful engine that Ford’s ever fitted in this model – edging out, so to speak, the larger 3.5-liter atmospheric V6 with its 280 hp and 315 lb-ft.”

    Ford’s naturally aspirated 3.5L V6 makes 250 Lb. Ft. of torque, not 315. It does make 280 hp though.

  • LWOAP

    Lol. Well, it looks like I’m eating my words for breakfast. So it wasn’t a Focus ST it was an Edge ST. Who would have thought?

    • Bullitt2605

      SUV/CUV’s are hot right now.

  • Rich Money

    Octagonal grille!

  • Dennis Scipio

    I figured they’d use the ST performance model on a crossover.

  • Enter Ranting

    That center stack has GOT to go.

    • Rocket

      It’s not the prettiest in the industry, but it has a logical layout with buttons for all the critical functions. I’ll take user-friendly over Volvo’s pretty-but-distracting setup any day.

      • Enter Ranting

        I totally agree on the button layout. I’m talking about the materials. The quality of the materials needs to be upgraded. I hate touch screens in cars.

  • no25

    I actually quite liked the previous continuous taillight on the Edge, and I’m sad to see it go and replace by that mess. Front IMO is very GMC Terrain – some are saying Acadia, but I feel it’s more Terrain if anything.

  • Benjamin B.

    This is the first Ford ST vehicle with an automatic transmission, isn’t it?

  • Harry_Wild

    I like the new ST model of the Edge! Just want I need in a two row seat crossover! Hopefully, Ford will price it competitively maybe fully loaded at $55K?

    • Bullitt2605

      I hope it’s a lot less than that or they will have trouble moving them considering you can get a loaded Explorer Sport for well under $50k.

  • botornot387

    LOL at sadly a manual is not available. Who in their right mind would want a manual in this SUV. This isn’t a sports car by any means and is a sporty version of a grocery getter. Stop asking for manuals in everything and focus on the cars that actually deserve them. A manual would do nothing to turn up the wick on this model.

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