• It includes everything from the Titanium
  • Plus things like...
  • Trim-specific 20-inch wheels
  • and body colored trim
  • There's even an upgraded skid plate out back
  • The front grille gets the titanium look
  • While all inserts are glossy black
  • There's healthy doses of chrome throughout
  • Inside, upgrades are minimal
  • The Sync 3 infotainment system is standard
  • As is gloss black trim...
  • Leather seating...
  • and leather trim panels
  • Under the hood you'll find an Ecoboost Four-banger
  • It's good for 250HP and 275 LB-FT
  • The Elite trim might not add much
  • but it does have its merits
  • even if they are far and few between

A new trim below the Edge ST

Introduced in 2014, the Ford Edge, one of the company’s key vehicles, gained a significant update for the 2019 model. Alongside the revised exterior, high-tech interior, and upgraded turbo engine, Ford also updated the model lineup with an ST model. Replacing the old Sport, the new Edge ST brings the performance-oriented "ST" badge into the SUV market for the first time. At the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, Ford unveiled a second new trim. It’s called the Titanium Elite and slots right between the Titanium and the ST.

Ford’s choice for a new trim seems rather awkward at first glance. Unlike other models, the Edge doesn’t have the luxury-oriented Platinum trim. The latter seemed to be the next logical step after the ST, but Ford chose to introduce a slight upgrade to the Titanium model. The Titanium Elite would make more sense if the Titanium were to be discontinued soon, but as things stand, I can’t really understand where Ford is going with this. But let’s have a closer look at what we already know about this new trim.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ford Edge Titanium Elite.

What makes the Ford Edge Titanium Elite special

  • Unique 20-inch wheels
  • Body-colored trim
  • Upgraded rear bumper skid plate
  • Standard features from Titanium model
  • EcoBoost four-cylinder engine
  • 250 horsepower
  • 275 pound-feet of torque
The "Elite" badge adds a new set of 20-inch wheels, body-colored trim, and a "premium" skid plate

Ford has yet to release the full details on this model, but we can see that the "Elite" badge adds a new set of 20-inch wheels. Unique to this model, they feature a twin five-spoke design and a two-tone finish. It also has various body-colored trim elements instead of the usual black, while the rear bumper sports a "premium" skid plate. Yeah, the latter sounds a bit ridiculous, but hey, I’m sure that the marketing people at Ford had their reasons.

No word on interior upgrades yet, but the Titanium Elite should get everything you can find in the regular Titanium model. So expect standard features like dual-zone climate control, a particulate air filter, leather-wrapped steering wheel with cruise control, auto-dimming rearview mirror, power windows, garage door opener, carpeted floor mats, and a cargo management system. It comes with SYNC 3 infotainment, two 4.2-inch displays in the instrument cluster, and a 12-speaker audio system from Sony.

The EcoBoost engine delivers 250 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque

The Titanium Elite will use the 2019 Edge’s updated powertrain, which includes the 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder and new eight-speed automatic transmission. The EcoBoost received a five-horsepower gain, so now it delivers 250 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, and AWD remains an option.

Ford has yet to announce pricing, but with the 2018 Sport, which the ST replaces, starting at $41,670, and the Titanium priced from $36,925, the Titanium Elite is likely to retail from around $38,000.

References

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