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18:50  12 january  2018
18:50  12 january  2018 Source:   Motor Trend

2019 Ford Edge Spied Showing Off New Details

  2019 Ford Edge Spied Showing Off New Details The updated SUV should make its debut in just a few months.Ford is giving its Edge SUV a minor makeover for the 2019 model year prior to a potential full overhaul in 2021. In preparation, the Blue Oval has been spotted testing a few prototypes just outside of headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan. The latest set of images gives us our best look yet at the updated SUV.

On the heels of its hottest year for sport - utility vehicle sales, Ford unveiled a new 2019 Edge SUV with an aggressive cosmetic and technology overhaul. Also new to the lineup: the 2019 Ford Edge ST , a new performance variant.

Motor Trend gets an exclusive first look at the 2019 Ford Edge ST before its debut at NAIAS! Detroit editor, Alisa Priddle, walks us through some of the highlights to this new high perfomance SUV addition to the Ford Edge line-up!

Perhaps it was only a matter of time, but Ford has created its first performance SUV with the 2019 Edge ST midsize crossover, which goes on sale this summer with a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine and a new look shared with the rest of the refreshed Edge lineup.

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Ford has a new ST , and it’s an SUV . The 2019 Ford Edge ST is the first SUV to be tuned by the Ford Performance team, and it packs the most powerful V6 engine in its class.

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Adding the first ST to the SUV lineup underscores, once again, that Ford is a truck company—a point it continues to punctuate with each new vehicle launch. The F-Series is its bread and butter, and the range is expanding with the addition of a diesel-powered F-150 coming this summer and the long-awaited Ford Ranger midsize pickup.

Equally key are SUVs. Ford sold almost 800,000 SUVs last year and has no intention of slowing the pace. The EcoSport subcompact crossover is the latest new nameplate for Ford in the U.S., a new Explorer is in the works along with a Lincoln counterpart, and the newly named Lincoln Nautilus replaces the MKX. Ford's first long-range electric vehicle will also be an SUV.

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BMW says its new X2 will be a sporty, fast SUV that puts a premium on cool looks . Also new to the lineup: the 2019 Ford Edge ST , a new performance variant. Ford also plans to offer an Edge ST variant, marking the first time the company has attached the performance label to an SUV .

On the heels of its hottest year for sport - utility vehicle sales, Ford unveiled a new 2019 Edge SUV with an aggressive cosmetic and technology overhaul. Also new to the lineup: the 2019 Ford Edge ST , a new performance variant.

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As the truck side of the business expands, the automaker continues to pull back on cars. The Fiesta might soon be discontinued in the U.S.; China got a new Taurus, but the U.S. did not; the next-gen Focus will come from China; and future updates and production plans for the Fusion appear uncertain with a redesign planned for China in 2020 but not for North America.

Refreshing or Revolting: 2019 Ford Edge

  Refreshing or Revolting: 2019 Ford Edge Is it thumbs up or down for the refresh and new ST model?The 2019 Ford Edge maintains the hexagonal grille introduced in 2015, but it's now smaller with more rounded corners. The headlights have also been redesigned and no longer touch the edges of the grille. Meanwhile, the front bumper has been completely restyled with new foglight surrounds and a different intake opening in the lower front valance. The ST model gets a larger grille with mesh insert and red ST badging and a unique front valance with black accents.

Starting this summer, enthusiasts can purchase the all-new 2019 Edge ST —the first sport utility vehicle designed by Ford Performance . The newest member of the ST family features the most powerful V6 engine available in its class, a specially tuned 2.7-liter

First Look : The refreshed 2019 Ford Edge adds technology, safety, and ST -badged performance . Replacing last year’s Sport model, the new Edge ST brings 335 horsepower, all-wheel drive and a performance -tuned chassis to Ford ’s SUV lineup.

Ford's new CEO, Jim Hackett, said he is reallocating $7 billion in capital from cars to SUVs and trucks. Some of that spending has gone to the Ford Edge, which gets a significant upgrade for the 2019 model.

The Edge, which made its debut in 2006, was the brand's first car-based unibody crossover. It was also the first to add a Sport trim level in 2009 and to have the MyFord Touch infotainment system in 2011, which would have been a much bigger honor if the system and touchscreen weren't so buggy, creating quality issues that the brand spent years rectifying.

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But it does not take from the fact that Ford sees the Edge, with 2 million global sales to date, as a platform to test new things. Especially as the segment has grown 50 percent during the Edge's lifetime and is projected to grow another 9 percent this year to 2.4 million, said group SUV marketing manager Michael O'Brien.

So when work began about two and a half years ago on updating the Edge, the plans grew to include a performance version worthy of ST badging. The Ford Performance team added horsepower to the 2.7-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine, taking it to 335 hp from 315 in the 2017 Edge Sport. Torque is a healthy 380 lb-ft with standard all-wheel drive to handle it. Fuel economy numbers are not out yet, but the 2017 Edge Sport with this engine is rated at 17/24 mpg city/highway.

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  2019 Ford Edge: Four-Cylinder Only, More Standard Safety Tech A streamlined engine lineup could be a double-edged sword.Everybody is sure to be talking about the new Edge ST’s 335 horsepower, but it’s of some significance that Ford has switched the rest of the Edge lineup to four-cylinder power. The 2.0-liter turbo four carries over from last year with an additional five horsepower, bringing its total to 250; peak torque is unchanged at 275 lb-ft. (For comparison, the now defunct 3.5-liter V-6 made 280 horsepower and 250 lb-ft.) Ford promises that Edges equipped with the four-cylinder EcoBoost will be more efficient than before but has yet to release fuel-economy numbers.

For 2019 , we don’t see that formula changing thanks to the first -ever Ford Performance SUV , the Edge ST . But aside from the serious black upholstery, the performance SUV ’s interior looks remarkably similar to the regular Edge ’s. That’s a bit of a shame, as we’d love to see some more pop

Perhaps it was only a matter of time, but Ford has created its first performance SUV with the 2019 Edge ST midsize crossover, which goes on sale this summer with a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine and a new look shared with the rest of the refreshed Edge lineup.

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The rest of the Edge lineup is equipped with Ford's 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. The direct-injection turbocharged engine gets 250 hp, which is an increase of 5 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque.

The Edge will be Ford's first use of its new eight-speed automatic transmission with start/stop, which was developed in-house. Ford developed the outgoing six-speed with General Motors, and the two partnered to make new nine- and 10-speeds that are slowly entering the market. New for the Edge family is an e-shifter with a rotary dial, freeing more room in the center console. When the vehicle doors are opened, it automatically goes into park.

There are paddle shifters, which in the 2019 Edge ST are fully manual. The button for Sport mode is in the middle of the rotary shifter and changes the throttle response and shifting patterns to stay closer to redline—it rev matches the downshift in the apex and prevents upshifting on an extended corner. The exhaust note is louder; the engine braking is sharper.

You can turn off the stability control or go into "relaxed mode" to slide the car around. Don't worry about SUV's tippier stance; roll control stability is always active.

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To earn ST status, the sport suspension was tuned for more damping, and the brakes are larger, especially if you opt for the performance brake package with exposed red 345mm vented rear rotors. In addition to the 20-inch wheels, there are optional 21-inch five-spoke wheels in gloss black, including the cap. Ford will offer a performance summer tire because Ford engineers fully expect some owners to take their Edge ST to the track.

Ford Edge Titanium Elite Package Debuting In Chicago

  Ford Edge Titanium Elite Package Debuting In Chicago The new trim will add on a few modest exterior enhancements. The Ford Edge ST was a surprise to all when it debuted at the Detroit Auto Show, complete with a 335-horsepower (250-kilowatt) 2.7-liter biturbo V6 engine, and a sporty new design. But Ford apparently isn’t done touting its new 2019 Edge just yet; the company announced today that a new Titanium Elite Package will be making its debut at the Chicago Auto Show in just a few days.

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The thinking behind an Edge ST is that people will continue to move out of sedans and into utility vehicles, but not as many are moving out of performance cars, which suggests a reluctance to give up spirited driving. Hence, logic suggests a performance SUV hits a sweet spot. "People want an SUV but still want to drive aggressively," vehicle engineering manager Jonathan Crocker said.

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Currently about 10 percent of Edge sales are the Sport—a trim level that goes away with the addition of the ST. Executives think the ST could capture at least as many 2019 Edge sales.

Designer Steve Gilmore, who also worked on the 2015 Edge, wanted this latest update to look more confident and aggressive. It starts with a bigger grille—both higher and wider—fronting a hood that was brought forward. The LED headlamps were pulled to the corners for a greater sense of width. The optional LED foglamps are designed to work with the headlamps to create the image of a C.

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For 2019 there are new colors inside and out: four exterior and three new interior palettes. There are also four new wheel choices, including 19-inch aluminum painted wheels on the Titanium.

The Edge ST comes in an exclusive "Ford performance blue," and the color extends into the lower bumper that is chrome on the regular Edge. The ST has blacked out hexagonal upper and lower grilles compared with the slats on the rest of the Edge family. The ST drops the chrome strip on the back of the regular models, and the dual exhaust tips have a unique square shape.

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Ford also plans to offer an Edge ST variant, marking the first time the company has attached the performance label to an SUV . The 2019 Edge ST will get a 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged engine with 335 horsepower.

Further reports reveal that the 2019 Ford Edge ST is the first SUV to wear a performance badge, which was first featured with the Focus St and Fiesta ST . It seems that Ford is also not holding back on what is under the hood.

Stepping inside reveals the "Ford performance"-emblazed sill plate, ST badging on the leather steering wheel, and the black leather seats with extra bolstering just for the ST.

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On the safety side, there is a lot of standard equipment across the SE, SEL, Titanium, and ST, including hill-start assist, blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, auto high-beams, lane keep assist, and forward collision warning with brake support. Active park assist is an option.

A new post-collision braking system stops the car from continuing to move after an initial crash. Also new is evasive steering assist, which helps you apply the right amount of steering to avoid a collision, a first for a nonluxury SUV, Ford driver assist technology manager Scott Lindstrom said. It will also be in the Lincoln Nautilus. The Edge also gets adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality and lane centering to keep the SUV safely in its lane and at correct speed to not hit the vehicle in front.

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For 2019 the Edge family has an embedded modem and Wi-Fi to create a hot spot with a 50-foot range for the 10 devices that can be connected to it—guaranteed to make you popular at the soccer field.

With the FordPass Connect app on your smartphone, you can locate, start, and unlock your car remotely. The car's software also supports Amazon's Alexa voice service, so you can talk to the digital assistant from your car. The Edge also has a 12-speaker B&O Play audio system from Harman that was tuned for the Edge. Titanium has features such as wireless charging and remote start.

The Edge is built at the Oakville Assembly Plant in Ontario.

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