The 2019 Edge: Now Featuring More Edges
Ford is not a car company; it’s a truck company. The Fusion, Focus, and Fiesta are all moving overseas, replaced by the Ranger and Bronco. Ford is also investing huge money in its existing trucks and SUVs. For example, Ford recently teased a performance electric SUV called the Mach I which will take inspiration from the Mustang. The Blue Oval also just released the EcoSport subcompact crossover, gave the F-150 a diesel engine, and now they’re expanding the options for the 2019 Edge.
Edge Titanium Elite
It’s not a new razor from Gillette, or a military task force from a B movie. Titanium Elite is a new trim level (mostly just an appearance package) for the Ford Edge crossover that falls between Titanium and, if it was offered, Platinum. It comes with the same 2.0L Turbo standard on the lower trim levels as well as standard front-wheel drive. Upgrades do include better skid plates, a body-colour front fascia, and some cool 20” wheels.
North American drivers have been moving away from cars, but that doesn’t mean they’ve all lost their appetite for compelling driving dynamics. And while the Titanium Elite looks great, if you’re going to put the Edge’s base MSRP in the rear view mirror, you probably want a bigger engine. And a bigger engine is certainly what you’ll get with the 2019 Edge ST, Ford’s first proper performance SUV.
The 2019 Edge ST is powered by a twin-turbocharged 2.7L V6 with 335 horsepower and 380 lb/ft of torque. All that power is managed by the brand-new eight-speed automatic transmission with start/stop. The ST will be the first Ford vehicle to receive the new transmission, and it should promise more efficient acceleration and better fuel economy. Ford will also be adding improved sport suspension with more damping and bigger brakes. Bigger, bigger brakes are optional.
Inside, you can expect all of the excellent gear from other ST models. That includes ST leather seats with special stitching and improved bolsters, unique steering wheel, ST sill plates, and lots more. Every model of the 2019 Edge will have the rotary E-Shifter instead of the lever, but the ST will have a special “Sport” button in the middle. Engaging sport mode will adjust the power delivery, suspension, steering assistance and more.
2018 Edge Sport
Those who can’t wait for the 2019 Edge ST, might want to consider the 2018 model’s Sport trim. It has a tamer version of the ST’s 2.7L EcoBoost and has a sportier suspension than the rest of the lineup. Further, it carries a lower price than the 2019 Edge ST will carry. On the other hand, it does lack crucial upgrades like the eight-speed automatic transmission that justify the ST badge.
The 2019 Edge and Edge ST will go on sale this summer.