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335-hp Ford Edge ST spearheads facelifted 2019 Edge lineup

335-hp Ford Edge ST spearheads facelifted 2019 Edge lineup

The move toward ST could signal a sea change for Ford Performance.

"Edge ST puts a new animal on the road - a performance SUV with a track mentality", Ford Vice President Hau Thai-Tang said in a statement. Ford, keen on finding out if the crossover craze and the innate gearhead love of performance have an intersecting point on the vehicular Venn diagram, made a decision to kick things up a notch by offering the new Edge in ST trim. Featuring fresh styling tweaks, and updated semi-autonomous technology, the 2019 Edge could be a worthy competitor in the SUV space.

Connected up to the engine is a new eight-speed automatic transmission sending power to all four wheels. It will bring Ford's SUV lineup up-to-speed with crosstown rivals General Motors Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, which a year ago unveiled performance trims for full-size SUV models.

The new crossover Ford Edge ST SUV comes with a 2.7-liter twin turbo V6 engine, rocking 335 horsepower and gunning at 380 pound-feet of torque.

The redesigned Edge and Edge ST go on sale this summer. This includes a large central grille opening and unique sculpting through the middle and bottom of the front fascia, introducing the same basic angular design that gives the ST cars their aggressive face.

The Ford Edge ST's software also plays nice with Amazon's Alexa voice service, allowing users to interact with the digital assistant straight from the vehicle.

The 2019 Ford Edge ST is the first Ford SUV to get a performance-focused ST model.

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We want to like the all-new, 2019 Ford Edge ST - we really do.

The vehicle also has an embedded modem and Wi-Fi, able to fire up a hot spot with a 50-foot range, allowing up to 10 devices to connect to it.

Features that carry over from other Edge models include all-wheel drive, adaptive cruise control, evasive steering assist and lane centering.

It gets better for those living in the USA though. Today, January 11, Ford introduces the ST edition of the sports utility vehicle Ford Edge.

Ford adds a suite of driver-assistance technology to all '19 Edge models including forward collision braking and post-collision braking, pedestrian detection, lane-keeping alert and assist and blindspot and cross-traffic alert.

Further, owners would be able to upgrade the vehicle with an optional performance brake package and 21-inch wheels with sticky summer tires.

There's a new onboard WiFi system capable of connecting to as many as 10 different wireless devices, even if you're outside the vehicle, say, for a tailgate party.