The newest addition, the Edge, is the same vehicle that has been confirmed to arrive in Australia as the Endura, which will sit above the current Escape as a family sized model - though not quite sized as a replacement for the discontinued Territory.
Under the bonnet is a 2.7-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol engine that produces 250kW of power and 515Nm of torque taken from the Fusion sedan - America’s version of the Mondeo. The engine is matched to a specially-tuned eight-speed automatic transmission and sends power to the road via an all-wheel drive system.
Ford describes the performance Edge’s suspension as “ST-tuned” for improved handling and and will offer a performance brake package as an option.
“Edge ST puts a new animal on the road – a performance SUV with a track mentality,” explained Hau Thai-Tang, executive vice president of Product Development and Purchasing.
“From a performance standpoint, and with its SUV silhouette and versatility, it sets a new standard Edge fans will love to drive.”
To set it apart from mainstream models, the Edge ST gains a unique front bumper featuring a wide-mouthed dark mesh grille. It rides on 20-inch alloy wheels as standard but 21-inch rims are available as an option.
While Ford Australia’s Endura is set to arrive towards the end of 2018, the local arm looks set to miss out on a version of the ST.
The Endura will be a diesel-only model when it arrives locally, with styling set to follow the example set by the just-introduced 2019 Edge, which also debuts at the 2018 Detroit show.
Updates for the 2019 Edge include a new look grille as well as new safety technology, including mild autonomous functionality called ‘adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go and lane centring’, as well as post-collision braking and evasive steering assist.
Ford Australia hasn’t confirmed local Endura specifications yet, beyond ruling out petrol power, so it is unclear if all the safety features will be available locally.
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