The 2019 Ford Edge has been revealed for the US market. The SUV comes with a host of new interior and exterior changes, including tech upgrades and segment-firsts. If that is not enough, it also comes in a high performance ST variant- replacing the Sport trim.
|Release date||Spring 2018|
|Engine (base)||2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder|
2019 Ford Edge & Edge ST – What’s new on the outside?
Design wise, the Ford Edge is now in-tune with the Blue Oval’s latest design language. Its front fascia has been smoothed out and comes with smaller LED headlamps, different design for the grille and more prominent bumper. Its hood has been contoured and looks much better than before.
There’s nothing much to comment on the sides, save for the new alloy wheel. It rear does, however, come with a more angular design with new taillights and contrasting black design elements beneath the windshield.
Unlike the last generation’s ‘Sport’ trim, the new Ford Edge ST has to echoe the ST’s true-blue performance nature. The SUV, thus come with a mesh front grille, different bumper and sporty lower skirts.
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2019 Ford Edge & Edge ST – what about its interior?
Cabin is new, premium and tech-laden. There are feature like WiFi hot spot, integrated Alexa assistant, and wireless charge mat, as well as an upgraded infotainment system. As you can see, the traditional shift lever has been replaced by a rotary dial.
The Ford Edge ST, in comparison, gets a sportier cabin with body-hugging seats, thicker seat bolsters and paddle shifters.
Ford has also given much attention to safety this time around and the SUV comes with forward-collision warning, pedestrian detection, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, and lane-keeping assist as standard. These are in addition to certain advanced ones like post-collision braking, evasive steering and adaptive cruise control.
2019 Ford Edge & Edge ST- There’s no shortage of power
The new Ford Edge comes powered by the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It produces 250 bhp of power, which is an increase of 5 bhp.
The Ford Edge sport of the outgoing model is capable producing 315hp from a 2.7-liter biturbo V6. This mill has been retained for the Edge ST but it produces 20 bhp more. Both engines are mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission, which should also address the slow shift problem that the 2017 model has.
2019 Ford Edge & Edge ST vs competition- How does it fare now?
The Ford Edge is probably one of the better SUVs in the mid-size segment but it always falls short when it comes to sheer number of sales. Thankfully, there are lots of upgrades on the new model which can bridge this gap.
As I said, Ford has addressed many shortcomings of the outgoing model. Its transmission is different, interior is better and good amount of features (including segment-firsts) have been added.
The SUV also has a respectable engine output in its standard trim that is on par or better than most competitors. However, the Edge ST is a different story and its massive 335 hp is enough to put serious air on the near-$45,000 budget levels.
Overall, I feel that the Ford Edge has everything in it to be one among the top three in its segment. However, how it performs in the rear-world needs different measurements. Hopefully, once the official variants list and prices comes out we will have better clarity on the matter.
More details will be added soon.