The Edge becomes the Detroit automaker's first high-performance crossover model - though it's not likely to be the last, Ford officials hinted at a background briefing ahead of the 2019 Edge ST unveiling at the North American International Auto Show next week.
Ford's first SUV to be tuned by the Ford Performance team - features the most powerful V6 engine available in its class with a specially tuned 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost engine pumping out 335 horsepower and 380 lb. -ft. of torque.
Drive is sent to the ground via a "quick-shifting" eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive system with selectable traction control. The eight-speed auto is also present, along with standard AWD, a sport-tuned suspension and upgraded brakes. It's the first Ford SUV to get the ST treatment, and it joins a refreshed Edge lineup with a little more power, a lot more technology, and upgraded equipment.
In terms of looks, the new Edge ST SUV stands out from the other 2019 Ford Edge vehicles by featuring deeper side skirts, a black hexagonal grille, and dual exhaust outlets.
Performance brakes are optional, as are 21-inch wheels and summer Pirelli tires.
The starting price for the 2019 Ford Edge ST crossover has been set at $40,675.
Ford will also fit the vehicle standard with AvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, Curve Control, and 911 Assist. Paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel, meanwhile, will allow drivers to manually shift the gears of the new Ford Edge ST. Sync comes standard on the vehicles. Using the FordPass app, drivers can also use their smartphone to start, lock, unlock and locate their Edge.
Ford's also outfitted the updated SUV with a wireless charging pad and an available 12-speaker B&O Play premium audio system. To that end, even the standard brakes represent a sizable improvement over the ordinary models, with far bigger rotors out back.
The 2019 Edge EcoBoost model with the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, now makes 250 hp in US spec, up by 5 hp a year ago. It's like the existing Edge Sport, only more so. A redesigned center console is now anchored by that rotary gearshift dial, which also frees up space.
Revealed ahead of a public debut at this month's Detroit Motor Show, the titivated Edge isn't actually expected to arrive in the United Kingdom and Europe until 2019, but the reveal gives us a pretty clear idea of what Ford will be offering in the UK's Edge facelift then.
Tweaks across the model line mean every Edge gets a wider grille flanked by full LED headlights and topped by a wider, redesigned hood.