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2018 Ford Edge ST revealed

By Chris Thompson, 15 Jan 2018 News

2018 ford edge st revealed

Ford’s 250kW SUV looks like it wants to break soccer-mum stereotypes

Ford has given one of its new cars the ‘ST’ treatment, but it’s not a little blaster like the Fiesta.

This is the Edge ST, an all-wheel drive SUV with 250kW and 515Nm to play with.  

Ford claims it’s sporting “the most powerful V6 in its class”, with its twin-turbo 2.7-litre EcoBoost under the bonnet.

But the ST doesn’t just score a power upgrade – it’s also been given a new suspension setup thanks to Ford Performance, as well as an optional performance brakes pack.

Product development executive-VP Hau Thai-Tang says the Edge ST is something different from what might be expected from an SUV – even going as far as using the word ‘track.’

“Edge ST puts a new animal on the road – a performance SUV with a track mentality,” Thai-Tang says.

“From a performance standpoint, and with its SUV silhouette and versatility, it sets a new standard Edge fans will love to drive.”

In addition, the Edge ST gains a sport mode which sharpens throttle response for harder driving, backed up by its 8-speed automatic allowing the engine to near its redline through gears – unless the driver is manually shifting via the paddles.

Engine braking also becomes more prominent, as does the Edge’s exhaust note.

Visually, the ST scores a mesh grille which looks more aggressive than the standard one, as well as tougher-looking side skirts and dual-exhaust outlets.

Optional 21-inch wheels are available, unique to the Edge ST, and extra badging appears on the uniquely-bolstered Edge ST seats, as well as the scuff plates and steering wheel.

Ford says the Edge ST will appear in US showrooms in mid-2018, though no word on an Australian arrival.