The 2019 Ford Edge ST

The Performance Car Literally No One Asked for Breaks Cover Ahead of the NAIAS 2018

January 11, 2018 Cars By Photo by Ford

Today, Ford announced the 2019 Edge ST, a new performance-focused version of the brand’s four-door, five-seat crossover. The new addition to the Ford Performance lineup gets 335 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque from a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 which sends all twist through an eight-speed automatic to all four wheels. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but don’t expect it to be much pricier than the Edge Sport’s $41,000 asking price.

However, the real question isn’t about the Edge ST’s price; it’s why did Ford want to dilute it’s stellar Ford Performance lineup by trying to make a milquetoast crossover exciting? There’s no denying that crossovers and compact SUVs are popular (sales numbers don’t lie), so I completely understand why Ford would want to expand its crossover selection. But crossovers, by design, are a compromise. They’re grey, middle of the road, not much of anything. What the Edge ST is, is just a bright shade of grey.

Kudos to Ford for trying to make a crossover exciting, joining the ranks with the likes of the Audi S Q5 and Mercedes-AMG GLA, but this isn’t the car that deserved an ST badge. Of the rest of Ford’s lineup, a Raptor-esque Expedition ST, or a C-Max ST to give the Fiat 500 Abarth a run for its money would have been welcome newcomers. Instead, we got a performance version of a car for people who don’t care about performance.

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