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2019 Ford Edge ST: Performance Number Seven

Prior to the announcement of the Edge ST, we wouldn't be surprised if enthusiasts forgot about the Ford Edge entirely. It's a mid-sized crossover SUV based on a mid-sized platform with a mid-sized interior and mid-sized engine. Its 2017 sales perch the Edge dead center in the Ford's SUV category. It's harder to make an impact when you're a mediocre middle child.

But the men and women at Ford Performance have other plans for the Edge. They set performance goals and targets to satisfy family thrill-seekers. They took the turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6 Ecoboost engine from the Edge Sport and added 20 more horsepower and 30 more lb-ft to produce 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. They revised the suspension to deliver sharper steering response. They added a bigger mesh grille for more cooling. And they implemented a Sport Mode that delivers quicker throttle response, lower gear bias, more engine braking, and louder exhaust.

The Edge ST is also equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel-drive, 21-inch wheels, and paddle shifters as standard. If that's not enough you can order a performance brake upgrade kit while you're at it. Standard interior amenities include additional bolstering on front seats, ST badging, forward emergency automatic braking, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, hill-start assist, traction control, automatic windshield wipers, rear view camera and roll stability control. Optional features and upgrades involve wireless phone charger, 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, evasive steering assist, adaptive cruise control for high and low speeds, front 180-degree camera, front and rear parking sensors, park assist, and larger 8-inch SYNC 3 infotainment screen.

What Ford Performance has done is take the Edge from a dull pile of boiled potatoes and turned it into a crispy French fry. The Edge ST is no longer a mushy middle child. It's now the first SUV member into the Ford Performance lineup. Now the question on everyone's mind is: Does it belong in its newfound family? We'll have to wait until summer 2017 to see.

Price not yet available. Estimated starting price at least $41,000.