Is The New Ford Edge ST The Sports Crossover It Purports To Be?

The new Ford Edge is the company’s first SUV to wear the ST badge, claiming to offer a more engaging driving experience to back the performance brought by the twin-turbo 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine.

Power figures are set at 335hp and 380lb-ft of peak torque, sent to all four wheels via a quick-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission. Ford has still to give us an official 0-60 time, but they estimate that the Edge ST does it in under six seconds.

The eight-speed automatic transmission features a new Sport mode that sharpens the throttle response and shifting pattern, holding gears and providing more aggressive engine braking during cornering.

In addition, the chassis has been updated with a sports suspension that includes revised springs and passive dampers for better control, while the bodywork features a more dynamic styling front and rear, including a rather distinctive pair of exhaust outlets.

A set of 20-inch wheels are standard, with Ford offering the larger 21-inch wheels and a Performance Brake package as options.

Ford thinks the new Edge ST occupies a new space in its segment, acting as a cheaper alternative to premium SUVs like the Audi SQ5. Edmunds delivers their first driving impressions on the video that follows.

 

  • FordMopar

    Ford has it figured out. Nobody’s buying/leasing a lot of sporty sedans and coupes. Everyone is CUV obsessed. So there it is…. I think it looks sharp. Don’t mind my name. Just saying that there’s no performance edition of Equinox, Cherokee, Santa Fe, etc etc. Ya know…

    • SAD TIMES.

    • Bash

      Actually, you make a lot of sense.

    • charlotteharry57

      I agree. VERY, VERY SAD TIMES.

  • Jim Ragland

    Bored…

  • Rocket

    “Why would you ever want it not to be in Sport mode?” That a serious question?

    You know that 10-speed is for longitudinal/RWD vehicle, right? Well, I guess you don’t, or you wouldn’t have mentioned it.

    Some people just aren’t meant to do video reviews.

    • brn

      Those two items stood out to me too. I can’t take her seriously as a reviewer or Edmunds for publishing it. Makes me question this site too, for referencing it.

  • charlotteharry57

    Disclaimer: I don’t dislike this vehicle.
    But: I’m hoping (with all fingers and toes crossed) that the recent major stock slide in Ford stock, due to investor dissatisfaction in Ford’s current vision/uncertainty, will, like what happened to Mark Fields, lead to the departure of Jim Hackett. And the reconsideration of this “no sedans” plan by his successor. Relying on ST CUVs is pathetic!

  • Socarboy

    This is all fine and dandy but it seems like such a waste of resources that Ford doesn’t slap a body like this onto a modified Mustang platform (I believe the auto industry calls it a top hat) for a kick ass little CUV

  • Shelby GT500

    I think new 2019 VW Touareg with 3.0 l 340 bhp V6 turbo will be a better alternative. The base price will be $50K or so and it goes 0-60 in less than 6 seconds.

    • Bullitt2605

      Other than the fact that it’s a VW.

      • javier

        hey ford is kind of pos as well and beyond that the touareg is not available in the US

      • Matthew Daraei

        Lol, you telling us that Ford is better? Fix Or Repair it Daily

        • Bullitt2605

          Yes. But judging from your grammar you wouldn’t understand.

      • Shelby GT500

        So what? It’s not diesel)))

        • Bullitt2605

          It’s a VW…

  • performante
  • Bob White

    Ford developed a 9 speed with GM. Why isn’t it in this car other than cheapening out again. This thing is a complete fraud. 50 grand for this is theft.

    • brn

      This is the same transmission. Ford had some concerns with the 9-speed and reworked it as an 8-speed.

      • Bob White

        The 9 speed was fully developed and is used with great success by GM. The concern was cutting costs. Which is a common theme at Ford.

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