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Ford is building a hotter SUV: the Edge ST
The same team behind the Ford GT supercar has built a 335bhp V6 SUV
“If you seek comfort, space and affordable tech, it might just suit your needs,” we surmised after driving the ‘regular’ Ford Edge SUV. But what if you seek speed, pointiness and power?
Step forward, the brand-new Ford Edge ST. That’s right. ST. The hot badge the Brits most closely associate with the Fiesta and Focus has been applied to a big, heavy, unremarkable SUV. It’s been unveiled by Ford US ahead of its Detroit motor show debut, and we have some details.
It is the first Ford SUV to have been tuned by Ford Performance, who are of course the same people who designed and built the GT supercar. It gets a 2.7-litre twin-turbo V6 producing 335bhp and 380lb ft of torque.That, in turn, is fixed to a “quick-shifting” eight-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel-drive. You also get better brakes. And ST-tuned suspension.
Select the ‘Sport’ mode, and you’ll get a sharper throttle response and shifts that hold on to those revs for longer, sharper engine braking and a louder exhaust.
Distinguishable from its lesser-powered brethren, you’ll spot a wider grille, deeper side skirts and dual exhausts. There are 21in wheels and all of the other toys that come packed into the Edge – which, admittedly, is rather a lot of toys.
It’s not coming to the UK, you might be sad to hear (we’ll just get the diesels and ST ‘Line’ trim), but in any case, fast SUVs are all the rage these days, right? Plus, if it paves the way for a banshee Edge RS, then hell, we’re up for a laugh…