► ST model is US-only
► SYNC 3 tech inside
► Diesel-only line up in the UK still
Ford is updating its Edge crossover and there’s reason to be excited. Featuring fresh styling tweaks, and updated semi-autonomous technology, the 2019 Edge could be a worthy competitor in the SUV space.
It gets better for those living in the US though. Ford has also announced an ST version of the Edge, and the specs suggest it’ll bother many hot hatches. The Ford Edge ST is the first SUV to be tuned by Ford Performance, using an Ecoboost 2.7-litre V6 engine with twin turbos to deliver 330bhp.
Ford says the car will feature a new Sport mode with sharper throttle response and shifting behaviour, so it’ll be more likely to sit by the redline. What’s more, the exhaust note will be better, and paddle shifters will add to the drama.
Facelifted Ford Edge coming to Europe
New styling will set the ST aside from the standard updated Edge, with a wider mesh and side skirts ideally conveying a more powerful stance to the ST.
Ford will also fit unique 21-inch wheels to the Edge ST, to make sure it’s not mistaken for the standard model. The only issue? It’s only coming to the US market.
In Europe, we’re still going to get the updated styling, fresh grille, new in-car technology and semi-autonomous driving assists – but there’s no change to the all-diesel range we’ve already got. Which is disappointing.
2019 Ford Edge: what about driver assistance tech?
The new 2019 Ford Edge gets Post-Collision Braking along with Evasive Steering Assists and Adaptive Cruise Control, with lane-keeping and stop-and-go capability.
And while the first two will certainly make the Ford Edge even safer to drive, the latter should make it significantly easier to handle on the motorway.
2019 Ford Edge: in-car technology
Step into the cabin, and the Edge shows Ford’s renewed commitment to technology. 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. There’s a WiFi hotspot that’ll let you connect up to 10 devices, and Ford says you can also upgrade to an eight-inch touchscreen.
2019 Ford Edge: Price and when to buy
Prices haven’t been released yet, but Ford expects the new Edge to be in UK dealers in a year, so expect to see it early in 2019.
Why the big delay? That’s the result of the Blue Oval’s new world car policy, which sadly engineers in long delays for global roll-out of new models...