Ford Expands ST Trim to Edge SUV

The move will secure existing jobs at the plant but is not expected to create any new ones

The move will secure existing jobs at the plant but is not expected to create any new ones

The Edge ST - Ford's first-ever race-ready ute - joins the hot-hatch Fiesta ST, the Focus ST and rally-ready Focus RS, the Shelby 350 and 350R Mustangs, the F-150 Raptor mega-pickup, and the $400,000 roadgoing version of the Le Mans-winning GT supercar.

Ford is gearing up to introduce its new 2019 Edge ST performance SUV at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show.

Delivering the power is a new quick-shifting 8-speed automatic that's connected to a full-time all-wheel drive system. This mode ups throttle response, alters shift mapping and holds gears longer while, presumably, drifting through corners with the family and dog in back, although there is no "drift mode" per se.

Increased cornering capabilities come courtesy of a sport suspension with retuned dampers, springs and standard 20-inch wheels. Available 21-inch wheels round off the souped-up Edge's intentioned look, but Ford made sure to throw plenty of "ST" badges around the interior as well as paddle shifters and bolstered seats so occupants don't forget that this is actually a full-blown performance model, not just an overpowered grocery-getter.

As expected from Ford, both Edge ST and Edge are gaining some new technology for 2019. The Edge also has available post-collision braking, which Ford said automatically applies moderate brake pressure in the event of a collision to avoid further injury, damage to the vehicle or a second collision.

The 2019 Ford Edge ST will also feature a whole host of advanced safety technology, and along with the rest of the refreshed lineup it will be appearing in showrooms from the summer of this year.

The Ford Edge is getting a sharp one.

The move comes a year after Ford pledged $1.2 billion over four years to retool its Canadian plants, and create a research and engineering centre in Ottawa.

The Edge ST gets unique new front and rear styling, a wide mesh grille for better cooling, deep side skirts and dual-exhaust outlets.

The more interesting option is the new ST trim, which replaces the Sport in the Edge lineup. That includes: Forward collusion warning and dynamic brake support; pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection; BLIS with cross-traffic alert; lane-keeping alert; lane-keeping assist; auto high beams and hill-start assist. An embedded Wi-Fi modem capable of supporting 10 devices up to 50 feet (15 m) from the vehicle is standard. SYNC 3 means there's a wireless charging pad for compatible smartphones, and if you choose you can get HD Radio, and a 12-speaker sound system from B&O Play.

Notable tech features include the ability to locate, unlock, start, and lock the vehicle with a mobile app and connect up to 10 devices to in-car WiFi.

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