While CES did snatch some of the usual premieres from the North American International Auto Show there’s still no cause to worry, because the traditional venue has its fair share of major premieres.
For example, the Blue Oval has decided to showcase there – in front of the worldwide audience of the North American International Auto Show – the updated Ford Edge midsize SUV, complete with the all-new introduction of the ST version. The big crossover, also on sale in Europe, has received at home in America a new look for the front and rear, and a performance improvement even for the entry-level version. The new ST takes over as the flagship version from the Sport trim, arriving with its own design and performance credentials.
The 2019 Edge in the US remains about the same mechanically in its base form, using the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which has received an additional 5 hp for a total of 250 horsepower (186 kilowatts). More importantly efficiency has additional gains from the switch from a six-speed automatic to an eight-speed gearbox – which is now operated via a new rotary knob, instead of the classic gear lever. There are also additional standard perks – forward collision warning, pre-collision assist, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, and automatic high beams.
For an edgier Edge, customers can now select the all-new ST version, which is for the first time used on a crossover. Power is provided – just like in the Sport model – via a 2.7-liter biturbo V6, for the ST providing 335 hp (250 kW) and 380 pound-feet (515 Newton-meters) of torque, against 315 hp (235 kW) and 350 lb-ft (475 Nm) in the Sport. The eight-speed auto is also present, along with standard AWD, a sport-tuned suspension and upgraded brakes. The ST is also visually distinguishable – there’s a new mesh grille, new ide skirts and a modified rear bumper with dual exhaust outlets, along with sportier seats inside.