Earlier in 2018, Ford noted the writing on the wall for sedans and announced it was dropping the Focus, Fiesta, and Fusion from its lineup. For many industry observers, that wasn’t a huge surprise.
In fact, a few months beforehand in Detroit, Ford showcased its first performance SUV — the ST variant of the newly refreshed Edge crossover. Just as it was about to halt production of the cars, these new utility models would begin arriving in dealerships.
With Labor Day now past, that moment is soon to arrive for the new Edge and ST performance models. Here’s everything you need to know about the 2019 edition as it begins arriving at dealerships.
1. Engine and drivetrain changes
A 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine comes standard in this model, and it packs more power (250 horsepower) than the previous edition. Overall, it got an upgrade of 5 horses. As for the 3.5-liter V6 that used to be an option, that engine won’t be back for 2019.
Meanwhile, a new eight-speed automatic transmission will replace the old system and get Auto Start-Stop for the first time. The goal here was fuel economy savings, and Ford said the new system got the job done. All-wheel drive is an option.
2. Styling upgrades
It was time for a new front end on the Edge, and Ford obliged with a different front fascia and hood as well as a wider grille. We’d say these upgrades take this model closer to the latest Expedition, which is a sharp-looking vehicle for such a large SUV.
Standard front and rear LED lights add more visual flair to the 2019 model, as do the chrome accents on the liftgate and new exhaust openings. Four new colors are coming as well, and buyers can choose from four wheel styles.
3. Ford Edge ST
The biggest change for 2019 is the introduction of the Edge ST. This performance model gets a 2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost engine that delivers 335 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque, plus standard all-wheel drive and ST suspension.
Sport mode (with a special exhaust note) and paddle shifters will allow drivers to get more out of this model than the average SUV. Performance brakes and summer-only tires will be options.
In terms of styling, ST models will get their own mesh grille and fascia along with unique badging and special exhaust outlets. While 20-inch wheels come standard, buyers can upgrade to 21-inch wheels. Special sport seating is an upgrade for the interior.
4. Safety and tech
Safety upgrades are another big part of the 2019 Edge. Coming standard for the first time is Ford Co-Pilot360, a suite of advance safety tech. Included are auto-emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot detection, lane-keep assist, and auto high-beams.
Adaptive cruise control is an option, as is a new technology called Evasive Steering Assist, which helps avoid accidents by automatically swerving around slow or stopped drivers.
New interior tech includes an available wireless charging pad and a 12-speaker B&O audio system. An 8-inch touchscreen is the top option in the center stack.
5. Edge TItanium Elite
Finally, a new Titanium Elite model will round out Edge’s 2019 lineup. This edition is appearance-focused with a premium rear skid plate and unique 20-inch aluminum wheels that feature stainless-painted pockets. Matching body-color elements are another exterior styling feature here.
Pricing, fuel economy specs, and crash-test results for the 2019 Edge will follow later in 2018.