When Ford Performance announced plans of adding the 2019 Ford Edge ST to its lineup of specialty vehicles, it naturally piqued our interest. But we also had a few reservations as to how the engineers at Ford were going to add the level of performance we have come to expect from the ST brand to a crossover sport ute. This week the company released further details on how the Edge ST will deliver the kind of high-tech performance formerly reserved for exotic sport utility vehicles with much higher price tags.

Ford previously announced the performance Edge would come standard with all-wheel-drive and an eight-speed transmission. However, now we know that said transmission will feature an all-new Sport mode with rev-matching downshifts and unique engine braking that will provide the crossover with rapid deceleration when attacking a turn. This gives the transmission attached to the 2.7-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 a specially tuned algorithm that will provide enthusiasts aggressive shift points throughout the powerband.

2019 Ford Edge ST Standard Specs

• 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost engine

• 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque

• Quick-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift manual paddle shifters

• All-wheel drive

• CoPilot 360

• 20-inch standard wheels or 21-inch optional wheels with summer performance tires

• Twin 48 mm steel piston calipers with 345x32mm damped iron rotors (front) and single 38mm steel piston calipers with 345x19mm rotors (rear)

• New Electronic Stability/Traction Control modes

The 2019 Ford Edge ST is available with a Performance Package option. Although full details are not yet available, we do know that when you choose this option, the vehicle’s front 48mm brake rotors are painted red, and are completely optimized for performance and cooling. This option also adds performance brake pads to provide prolonged track duty.

These upgrades are sure to give this performance SUV an edge over the competition and provide enthusiasts with a crossover that could be your next daily driver. The Ford Edge ST will be available for purchase at the end of summer 2018 as a 2019 model. For more information on the entire lineup of Ford Performance vehicles, visit the official site here.