Ford has a new ST, and it’s an SUV. The 2019 Ford Edge ST is the first SUV to be tuned by the Ford Performance team, and it packs the most powerful V6 engine in its class. That’s a 2.7 litre twin-turbo EcoBoost engine with 335 hp and 515 Nm of torque.

The motor is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission controlled via a new rotary dial on the redesigned center console. It also has SelectShift steering paddle shifters for manual mode. The SUV is kept on the road by standard all-wheel drive with selectable traction control, an available performance brake package, and ST-tuned sport suspension.

A new Sport Mode allows delivers more aggressive throttle response and shifting patterns that hold gears near redline through cornering maneuvers, sharper engine braking, and a more resonant exhaust tone. The seats have additional bolstering.

On the styling front, the ST features new front and rear styling, a wide mesh grille for optimal cooling, deep side skirts and dual-exhaust outlets. Unique 21-inch wheels are available and interior design cues on the steering wheel, seat backs and scuff plates provide a subtle reminder that this is no ordinary Edge.

The whole Edge range in the US, including the new ST, comes standard with more driver-assist tech than any other midsize SUV, Ford claims. This includes Forward Collision Warning and Dynamic Brake Support, Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, BLIS with Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane-Keeping Alert, Lane-Keeping Assist, Auto High Beams and Hill-Start Assist.

For model year 2019, the Canadian-made Edge gets some first-for-Ford and first-in-segment features as either standard or optional items. Post-Collision Braking helps reduce the impact of a potential secondary collision by automatically applying moderate brake pressure when an initial collision event is detected. Slowing the vehicle can potentially lessen injury to occupants and damage to the vehicle.

Evasive Steering Assist helps drivers steer around stopped or slower vehicles to help avoid collisions. Designed to operate at city and highway speeds, it uses radar and a camera to detect slower-moving and stationary vehicles ahead and provides steering support to enable drivers to maneuver around a vehicle if a collision is imminent.

Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Lane Centering helps the vehicle maintain a comfortable driving distance from vehicles ahead and helps keep the vehicle centered in its lane.

Inside, available features include a wireless charging pad, HD Radio and a 12-speaker B&O sound system. Standard on all variants is FordPass Connect, with a Wi-Fi hotspot that gives internet access to up to 10 devices. Using the FordPass app, drivers can also use their smartphone to start, lock, unlock and locate their car. SYNC with AppLink, an enhanced voice-recognition communications and entertainment system, is also standard, while SYNC 3 with an eight-inch touchscreen is an option.

The 2019 Ford Edge ST will be in US showrooms this summer.