Ford Edge SUV Facelift REVEALED ahead of Detroit debut

The move will secure existing jobs at the plant but is not expected to create any new ones

The move will secure existing jobs at the plant but is not expected to create any new ones

Revealed ahead of a public debut at this month's Detroit Motor Show, the titivated Edge isn't actually expected to arrive in the United Kingdom and Europe until 2019, but the reveal gives us a pretty clear idea of what Ford will be offering in the UK's Edge facelift then. The Dearborn-based automaker sold 142,603 Edges previous year, making it the third-best selling SUV for the company. And to let drivers take full advantage of the performance equipment, the 2019 Ford Edge ST has been fitted with two different levels of ESC-off.

Ford Edge sales totaled 142,603 of the overall Ford brand SUV sales of 796,302 in 2017, a 6% increase over the previous year. Four new body colors and an equal number of new wheel choices ensure that customers can differentiate their Edges from the rest easily, all the while standard LED headlamps as well as LED taillights and optional LED fog lights add a touch of newness and ensure that there's no confusing this with a vehicle from yesteryear at night. There are also additional standard perks - forward collision warning, pre-collision assist, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, and automatic high beams. Evasive steering assist helps a driver avoid a collision with "steering support" to get around an obstacle in the case of imminent impact. There's also available adaptive cruise-control and lane-centering features. An embedded Wi-Fi modem capable of supporting 10 devices up to 50 feet (15 m) from the vehicle is standard. A 12-speaker premium audio system by Harman is available, as is the Sync 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch screen.

The ST isn't meant to be a track vehicle. Standard all-wheel drive works with an ST-tuned suspension to get power down.

That, in turn, is fixed to a "quick-shifting" eight-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel-drive.

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In contrast, the Edge ST gets true performance hardware starting with a 335-hp, 380-lb. -ft. It's all mated to a new 8-speed transmission. There's also steering-mounted paddle shifters to allow for manual shifts where desired.

Stephanie Brinley, senior analyst at IHS Markit, said the exterior design and technology updates on the Edge are notable and important to consumers.

The Ford Edge ST will go on display at the Detroit motor show next week.

Inside, a redesigned center console is accentuated by an all-new rotary gearshift dial that frees up space, allows easier access to the wireless charging pad and enhances the vehicle's modern, sophisticated feel. The vehicles are made at the Oakville Assembly Plant in Oakville, Ontario.

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