After first seeing the 2019 Ford Edge ST in Detroit, we finally had the chance to experience it up close.
In Ford’s lineup, the era of the hot hatch is coming to an end, at least in the U.S. In its place, we’re in the dawn of a new type of performance: the hot crossover. The 2019 Ford Edge ST and its subsequent stablemates represent the new age of Ford, as the company discontinues its traditional cars in favor of crossovers and trucks. So, how does Ford’s new performance Edge variant stack up on paper?
As a replacement for the outgoing Edge Sport, the 2019 Ford Edge ST packs more power and more torque under the hood. Here, we still have a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, but the Edge ST makes 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. That’s a 20 horsepower and 30 lb-ft torque gain over the Sport. The 2019 Ford Edge ST also gets a transmission upgrade, packing an 8-speed SelectShift automatic, rather than the six-speed of the previous model. That makes the car good for a 0-60 sprint in under 6 seconds, and a top speed upwards of 130 mph.
Currently, the Edge ST sits in a white space, where it has few competitors. General Motors doesn’t yet have a performance variant of its compact or midsize crossovers to compete with the Edge, nor does FCA or other automakers. At $43,350 and up, the 2019 Ford Edge ST is significantly less expensive than other performance SUVs like the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT.
The 2019 Ford Edge packs the SYNC 3 infotainment system with an 8.0-inch touchscreen and two USB charging ports. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support comes standard, and wireless charging is an available option. The 2019 Ford Edge ST has heated and cooled front seats, as well as heated rear seats. Active Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with pedestrian detection, Evasive Steering Assist and a 180-degree front camera are also available as part of the $5,585 401A Equipment Group package.
The $2,695 ST Performance Package adds in 21-inch gloss black wheels, larger front and rear brakes and performance pads, as well as summer tires. Those all help the Edge ST’s all-wheel drive system, which can actuate all of its power to the front or back depending on your driving conditions. The car also has brake-based torque vectoring to manage wheel speed at each individual corner.
The 2019 Ford Edge ST is built in Ontario, Canada, and is hitting dealerships right now. To find out more about Ford’s performance crossover, check out the video above! Subscribe to The Fast Lane Car and TFLnow for more Edge ST news, views and real-world reviews.