The “hot hatch” has a long legacy that began with the first VW GTI in the early 1980s and which Ford has picked up on in recent years with a trio of fast hatchbacks, two of which are based on the compact Focus.
But as if to remind us that small cars — and cars in general — face an uncertain future in North America thanks to the public’s appetite for crossovers, Ford has revealed its latest “hot” crossover in a version of the mid-size Edge wearing the brand’s ST high-performance badge: the Ford Edge ST.
We’re not sure if this means the decision makers are Ford are brilliant or insane.
You may be familiar with Ford’s ST nomenclature as used on impressively fun versions of the tiny Fiesta and compact Focus. But this is the first time it’s been used on a crossover.
At first blush, the Edge ST is a warmed-over replacement for the Edge Sport. It uses the same twin-turbo, 2.7L V6, but tweaked for an extra 20 hp and 30 lb-ft of torque for totals of 335 and 380, respectively.
Edge ST also gets a new eight-speed transmission and a sport drive mode that Ford says makes for more aggressive powertrain responses, including commanding the transmission to hold gears to the engine’s redline in cornering maneuvers. Also standard is a sport-tuned suspension, and a performance brake package is an option.
Notably, the Edge ST is the highlight of a mid-cycle refresh that will be applied to the entire range of Edge trims, and it makes us wonder: can we expect Ford to ST all the things?
There’s already an Explorer Sport that could be ST-ified to create an SUV capable of keeping up with the Porsche Cayennes and Land Rover Range Rovers of the world. And what about the F-150? Surely there are enough testosterone-fueled truck buyers out there to justify putting the Raptor’s boosted V6 (it makes 450 hp and 510 lb-ft!) into a regular F-150 with a lowered and handling-optimized suspension.
The 2019 Ford Edge ST gets its official reveal next week at the Detroit auto show and is scheduled to reach showrooms this summer.