Like the United States, Europe, too, will be getting a refreshed version of the Ford Edge for 2019. The newly-revised, mid-size crossover was just unveiled today in a sporty-looking ST-Line trim, boasting similar styling tweaks to the US version, an impressive suite of driver-assist features, and a new bi-turbo, 2.0-liter EcoBlue diesel engine capable of up to 235 horsepower.
The new engine features a small, high-pressure turbocharger, and a large, lower-pressure turbo that work in concert to produce boost from low RPM. As the engine speed increases, the larger turbo takes over to create boost on its own. The diesel mill benefits from Ford’s new eight-speed automatic transmission and Intelligent AWD, although lower-powered versions of the same motor are packaged with lesser drivetrains; a 187-horsepower version comes coupled with a six-speed manual transmission and Intelligent AWD, while the base, 148-horsepower version of the motor ships with a six-speed auto and FWD.
The eight-speed auto that comes with the highest-output version of the Ford Edge‘s 2.0L EcoBlue features Adaptive Shift Scheduling, which optimizes shift timing to suit individual driving styles, and Adaptive Shift Quality Control, which adjusts clutch pressures based on “vehicle and environmental information” for smooth shifts at every turn.
The ST-Line shown today sets itself apart with styling like that on the US-bound ST model. It includes a black hexagonal mesh grille insert; body-color moldings on the lower doors, body sides, and wing; dual exhaust tips with chrome finish; and standard 20-inch painted aluminum wheels, with 21-inchers available as an option. Inside, it’s distinguished by perforated seats wrapped in leather and Miko®-Dinamica, a perforated leather steering wheel, aluminum pedals, velour floor mats, and in manual-equipped examples, a gearknob with red contrast stitching.
The ST-Line also receives a sport-tuned suspension for improved handling. Models of the 2019 Ford Edge that will appear alongside the sporty ST-Line include a basic Trend model, a higher-spec Titanium edition, and a premium Vignale version.
As for driver-assist features, the revised, European-market Ford Edge has them in spades. The crossover will debut Ford’s Post-Collision Braking, Evasive Steering Assist, and Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Lane Centering Assist in Europe. Additional standard and available systems include Adaptive Front Lighting, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Cross Traffic Alert, Glare-Free Highbeams, Intelligent Speed Limiter, Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Keeping Alert, Active Park Assist with Perpendicular Parking and Park Out Assist, and Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection.
“Helping customers effortlessly deal with stop-start traffic using our most advanced driver assistance technologies to-date, and cruise in comfort supported by our refined and fuel-efficient new 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine and eight-speed automatic gearbox, the new Ford Edge is our most compelling offering yet for the ever-growing numbers of European customers migrating towards SUVs,” says Ford Europe VP of Marketing, Sales and Service Roelant de Waard.
Europe’s updated new Ford Edge will go on sale later this year.