Ford Edge: This is it!

Ford Edge: This is it!

Ford recently has focused a lot on winning over enthusiasts, developing a performance lineup full of hot hatches, pony cars, off-road trucks and a race-proven supercar.

SPECULATED by Wheels earlier today, Ford Performance has confirmed production of a high-performance ST variant of the Ford Edge SUV.

Ford has officially entered the SUV performance segment with the reveal of the new 2019 Edge ST.

Of course, those cars all fall short of the eminent "ST" designation on performance, which the 2019 Ford Edge ST has very little risk of doing. The V6 is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive is standard.

Of course, the 2019 Edge will be fitted with all the latest connectivity and driver assistance technology. This includes a large central grille opening and unique sculpting through the middle and bottom of the front fascia, introducing the same basic angular design that gives the ST cars their aggressive face.

The reign of the sedan is over-mowed down by the fuel-sipping Escapes and EcoBoost-powered Expeditions-and it's for that reason that Ford made a decision to funnel its R&D money into the all-new Edge crossover.

Rolling on 21-inch wheels, the new 2019 Edge will find new front and rear styling, a wide mesh grille for optimal cooling, deep side skirts and dual-exhaust outlets in the back.

The 2019 Edge represents a paradigm shift for Ford because for the first time ever, there's an ST model available to tackle the track after dropping the kiddos off at school-proving that yes, even the most outlandish wants and needs of the consumer have fully migrated to the SUV platform.

Pricing for the Edge ST hasn't been announced, but the current Edge Sport starts at $41,670, so it will likely sticker for least that much.

The auto also has an embedded modem and Wi-Fi, able to fire up a hot spot with a 50-foot range, allowing up to 10 devices to connect to it.

Ford has given the 2019 Edge ST a new Sport Mode as well, which provides a more aggressive throttle response, sharper engine braking, shifting patterns that hold gears near the redline through cornering maneuvers, as well as a more resonant exhaust tone. It now makes 250 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque and adds fuel-saving Stop/Start engine technology. Additionally, the Edge ST will also offer selectable traction control, a performance brake package and Sport Mode driving.

It gets better for those living in the USA though. That includes: Forward collusion warning and dynamic brake support; pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection; BLIS with cross-traffic alert; lane-keeping alert; lane-keeping assist; auto high beams and hill-start assist. Drivers can also upgrade to SYNC 3 with an 8-inch touchscreen for enhanced in-vehicle experience.