The 2019 Edge ST is set to introduce a new level of performance to Ford’s lineup when it arrives this summer. Order guides show the ST has been priced from $43,350, including destination. That makes it $1,585 pricier than last year’s Edge Sport, which had a sticker price of $41,765.
The Edge ST offers distinctive features like a trapezoidal mesh grille, sportier seats, a specially-tuned suspension, 20-inch alloy wheels, dual exhaust with sport mode, and a water-cooled transfer unit for the standard all-wheel drive system. It also gets you access to an ST-exclusive color called Ford Performance Blue.
Under the hood, the ST will come equipped with a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 paired to an 8-speed automatic. Ford says it’ll be the most powerful V6 in its class, producing 335 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. That’s 20 hp and 30 lb-ft more than the outgoing Edge Sport, which has been discontinued for 2019.
Unlike other versions of the Edge, buyers have the option adding an ST Performance Brake Package. It adds performance brakes with 18-inch vented rotors and red brake calipers, a brushless radiator cooling fan, 21-inch gloss black wheels and summer tires.
Unfortunately, the Performance Brake Package is listed as a Late Availability option, suggesting it may not be available for at least several months after the vehicle’s initial launch. Based on our analysis, a fully-loaded ST will reach nearly $52,000. Here’s why.
First, the Performance Brake Package adds $2,695 to the vehicle’s price tag of $43,350. However, it requires an upgraded Equipment Group, a term Ford uses to describe different sets of features.
Specifically, it requires Equipment Group 401A, which adds $5,585 to the price, bringing the tally to $51,630. That’s over $8,200 more than an ST in its base configuration. Some buyers may consider that to be quite a premium.
Equipment Group 401A gets you a number of comfort & convenience features like heated & cooled front seats, a front 180-degree camera, panoramic roof, hands-free liftgate, navigation, Co-Pilot360 Assist+ and enhanced park assist.
At just over $43,000, the Edge ST could be a compelling choice for those looking for a sporty midsize SUV. However, that’s well into entry-luxury territory, around $1,100 less than a 2019 Acura RDX with A-Spec Package ($44,495).
At the top end, a loaded ST will be almost $10,000 less expensive than an Audi SQ5 (354 hp, 369 lb-ft) when factoring the cost of many of the same driver assistance features ($61,275 with options).
We suspect the ST could be considered a bargain if it ends up being eligible for the same incentives as all versions of the Edge. For reference, 2018 Edges are currently eligible for up to $3,500 in rebates.
Does this mean we could see Edge STs listed under $40,000 at some point? We think it’s likely.
The ST seems poised to carve out its own unique niche, building on the appeal of the outgoing Edge Sport and adding an extra dose of performance and sportiness some may consider hard to find at its price point.
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