The first Ford SUV to wear the much loved performance moniker, the Edge ST slots in above the previous range topping Sport in the Edge line-up, and apart from a series of aesthetic enhancements consisting of a redesigned front and rear facia, a mesh grille, new side sills, dual exhaust and wheel sizes up to 21-inches, also benefits from a more powerful EcoBoost V6 engine.
Carried over from the Sport and still displacing 2.7-litres, the mill has been tuned by Ford Performance to produce 250 kW instead of 235 kW, with torque going up from 475 Nm to 515 Nm. Replacing the previous six-speed automatic gearbox, a new eight-speed automatic sends the amount of twist to all four wheels with final performance figures yet to be revealed.
Coinciding with the launch of the ST, Ford has also introduced a raft of new driver assistance systems to the Edge range, made up of Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Forward Collision Warning with Dynamic Brake Support, Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Keeping Alert and Assist, Curve Control, Roll Stability Control, Post Collision Braking, Cross Traffic Alert and Evasive Steering Assist.
Inside, the interior has also been updated with a redesigned centre console, a rotary gear selector and a eight-inch touchsceen infotainment system incorporating SYNC 3. A specially designed 12-speaker B&O Play sound system can be had on some models.
Underneath the bonnet, the base 2.0-litre EcoBoost model not only gets the same eight-speed 'box as the ST, but also a small bump in power from 180 kW to 184 kW with torque remaining unchanged at 350 Nm.
Despite being available in Europe albeit with a single or twin-turbocharged 2.0-litre diesel engine, and heading to Australia later this year as the Endura, no plans are currently in place to bring the Edge and Edge ST to South Africa.