Ford unveils Edge ST Performance SUV

Assembly plant in Oakville, Ont. to build new Ford SUV, locking in jobs

It was part of a contract deal negotiated in November 2016 between Ford and Unifor that had the automaker invest $700 million for its assembly plants in Windsor, Ont., and Oakville. On top of presenting a more aggressive demeanor by a reworked front fascia, a lowered suspension and blacked-out wheels, the Edge ST gets Ford's 2.7-litre, twin-turbo EcoBoost V6. (373 Nm) of torque, mated to the 8-speed automatic with stop/start. Post Collision Braking, Evasive Steering Assist, enhanced adaptive cruise control and wireless device charging are among the new technology features offered on the 2019 Edge. The updated Edge line will also have post-collision braking, a technology that prevents the auto from moving after a collision, reducing the potential for a secondary crash.

Drive is sent to the ground via a "quick-shifting" eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive system with selectable traction control. Previously, the ST badge had been reserved for its hot hatchbacks and included a day at Ford's Octane Academy for new owners. This mode ups throttle response, alters shift mapping and holds gears longer while, presumably, drifting through corners with the family and dog in back, although there is no "drift mode" per se. It also provides sharper engine braking, and a more "resonant" exhaust tone.

Ford Motor said on Thursday it will make automatic emergency brakes standard on two key 2019 models, an effort by the No. 2 US automaker to catch up with rivals in offering the new technology created to help vehicles avoid collisions.

"Forty-six percent of the people who buy Edge today are women", said Cristina Aquino, brand manager or Edge and EcoSport, a small crossover.

Updates to the rest of the Edge lineup include restyled front and rear fascias, interior trim details, additions to driver assist features, and extensive upgrades to the vehicle's telematics and infotainment. Let us know your thoughts. Ford Australia has said the Endura range will go on sale with only diesel engines under their bonnets when the vehicle launches later this year.

"Edge ST puts a new animal on the road - a performance SUV with a track mentality", Hau Thai-Tang, executive VP of product development and purchasing said.

This is expressed by pulling the hood forward and using a mesh grille that is bigger, taller and wider.

The Ford Edge, redesigned in 2015 and available with the powerful and much-loved 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 (as the Edge Sport), has been one of those great packages that has gotten less attention than it probably deserves.

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