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MEET EDGE ST, A FIRST SUV FROM FORD PERFORMANCE

By NITISH S. RELE – motoringtampabay@gmail.com
The midsize crossover segment is packed with tough rivals. Take the solid Toyota Highlander, Nissan Murano and Chevy Equinox, to name a few. Standing its ground among the worthy challengers is the alluring five-passenger Edge. To make it even more tempting, Ford has introduced Edge ST, the first utility from Ford Performance.
That, of course, means more power in the Edge than even before. A 2.7-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine blasts off 335 horsepower @ 5500 rpm and 380 pounds-feet of torque @ 3000 rpm. EcoBoost is essentially twin turbochargers and a smaller-displacement engine working in tandem with gasoline direct injection to produce a powerful but fuel-efficient engine. Coupled to the power train is an 8-speed automatic gear box with steering-wheel paddle shifters. All-wheel drive is standard in the ST trim. Guiding the sprightly SUV is an electric power-assist steering while the specially tuned suspension is handled up front by a MacPherson strut and an integral-link with coil springs in the rear.
Conveying a revamped, brawny appearance, and understandably so, is a black wide-mesh grille with LED signature headlights, body-color door handles and dual exhaust tips. Take a seat behind the firm steering wheel and you find yourself staring at a speedometer flanked by two LCD screens. ST badging on the steering wheel and seatbacks (as well as on the exterior) is an instant giveaway that this is a performance-oriented ride. Sync3, which accesses audio, telephone, navigation controls via a voice command, 8-inch touchscreen tap or button click, is simple to use. The redesigned center console features an all-new rotary gear shift dial. Other amenities at no cost are dual auto a/c, 10-way power front seats, 60/40 easy-fold rear bench, overhead sun glass holder and push-button start.
The standard Ford CoPilot360 bundles together driver-assist safety features such as blind spot monitor, cross-traffic alert, pre-collision and lane-keep aid with auto emergency brake, auto high beams and rearview camera. Also included are dual front and side airbags, front knee airbags, side curtain airbag, four-wheel antilock brakes with electronic stability and traction control, front and rear three-point seatbelts, tire pressure monitor and daytime running lights.
As noted, the midsize crossovers are battling hard in a crowded field. But this Ford with its liveliness, thanks to a robust engine, sharp looks, fun-to-drive character and roominess, has an “Edge” over its competition. With performance, to boot!

EDGE ST
Tires: P245/40R21
Wheelbase: 112.2 inches
Length: 188.8 inches
Tow capacity: 3,500 pounds
Weight: 4,477 pounds
Fuel capacity: 18.5 gallons
City: 19 mpg
Highway: 26 mpg
Base price: $43,350
Web site: www.ford.com

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