DETROIT -- The Ford Edge, one of the top-selling midsize crossovers, is undergoing slight cosmetic changes for 2019 while adding what Ford says are the most standard driver-assist systems in the segment and a new ST performance variant that will replace the Sport package.
The freshened Edge, unwrapped Thursday ahead of the Detroit auto show, comes standard with a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine paired with a new eight-speed transmission that gets 250 hp, 5 more than the current model, and 275 pound-feet of torque. The ST will get a specially-tuned 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 that generates 335 hp and 380 pound-feet of torque.
Both the Edge and the Edge ST go on sale this summer.
"Edge drivers expect a sophisticated, modern driving experience," Cristina Aquino, Edge marketing manager, said in a statement. "Bringing a host of new technologies as standard and introducing these segment-first features helps ensure customers feel more confident behind the wheel."
Standard technologies include: post-collision braking; forward-collision warning and dynamic brake support; pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection; lane-departure warning; hill-start assist; and blind-spot information system with cross-traffic alert. New optional technologies include evasive steering assist and lane centering.
Ford also updated the front end, widening the grille and setting it apart from the headlights. The Edge will come in four new exterior color choices and four wheel options. The rear includes a new liftgate design, new LED taillamps and a dual exhaust opening.
Inside, the Edge gets a redesigned center console with a new rotary gear shifter.
It comes standard with FordPass Connect, formerly known as Sync Connect. It will also come standard with a Wi-Fi hot spot that can connect up to 10 devices, a feature Ford has been rolling out on many of its new vehicles.
Ford says the 2018 Edge will feature improved fuel economy but declined to provide details.