If you live in Europe and we’re hoping to get the keys to the new Ford Edge ST, we have some bad news for you. Ford has revealed that it has no plans to bring its high performance ST SUVs to Europe. According to Ford, buyers in Europe simply don’t want the them.
Speaking to Autocar, Ford UK boss Andy Barratt stated, “All our research shows buyers want a combination of the sporty ST styling with a more luxurious feel to it, from the interior finish to the engine package.” Instead of selling high-performance ST models in Europe, Ford feels that buyers are more interested in the ST-Line versions.
“The customer will always have the casting vote. If the demand is there, it is unlikely we’ll resist it,” Barratt said. “But we already have plenty of evidence that ST-Line is the way to go. The Kuga has led the way on this and the Fiesta is following suit. Customers are stepping up from Zetec trims and that’s good business.”
The 2019 Ford Edge ST is powered by a 335-hp 2.7L turbocharged V6, which is the first SUV to get the ST badge. Ford has also confirmed that the next-generation Explorer will also be offered with a high performance ST version.