335-hp Ford Edge ST spearheads facelifted 2019 Edge lineup

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Ford recently has focused a lot on winning over enthusiasts, developing a performance lineup full of hot hatches, pony cars, off-road trucks and a race-proven supercar.

When the 2018 North American International Auto Show opens in Detroit's Cobo Hall next week, the world will be formally introduced to the newest, biggest and most powerful ST vehicle - the 2019 Ford Edge ST. 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. 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.

Owners will even be able to spec it with an optional performance brake package and 21-inch wheels with sticky summer tires, suggesting that it is the type of vehicle you might actually want to take to the track someday.

The all-new performance SUV has a 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V-6 engine that churns out 335-horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque.

2019 Ford Edge Titanium.

The 2019 Edge ST marks the first Ford SUV to wear the ST badge; a badge reserved for vehicles developed with the assistance of Ford Performance.

We want to like the all-new, 2019 Ford Edge ST - we really do. New options include a 12-speaker B&O Play premium audio system by Bang & Olufsen, Qi wireless smartphone charging and remote start. The Focus and Fiesta, by contrast, come with turbo in-line four-cylinder engines, front-wheel drive and only are offered with six-speed manual transmissions.

Ford Motor said on Thursday it will make automatic emergency brakes standard on two key 2019 models, an effort by the No. 2 USA automaker to catch up with rivals in offering the new technology created to help vehicles avoid collisions.

Talking about technology, the St comes with Sync 3 which features Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa integration and a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 10 devices. There are also additional standard perks - forward collision warning, pre-collision assist, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, and automatic high beams.

The 2019 Ford Edge ST also comes with a sport suspension with revamped springs and dampers, which allow for better cornering tricks.

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

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