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Ford bridges the gap between Edge and Edge ST with new Edge ST-Line model

Ford is plugging a hole in its lineup with a new appearance-focused model.

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Want the looks of the Ford Edge ST but not al the power? Ford thought so too. The 2020 Ford Edge ST-Line offers just that and expands what they're now calling the "ST family".

The Edge ST-Line has design inspired by Ford Performance models including the ST-style grille, body color bumpers, black ST belt line molding, lower sport cladding, standard fog lamps, and LED lighting. Up top are black roof rails. The entire SUV rides on 20-inch gloss black aluminum wheels. Edge ST-Line badging features.

2020 Ford Edge ST-Line The exterior of the SUV has black accents.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Under the hood is a 250-horsepower twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine that is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and has auto start-stop capability. It comes standard with all-wheel drive.

The list of technology features includes SYNC 3 with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Waze, and Amazon Alexa capability. There's also a wireless charging pad.

Ford has made its Co-Pilot360 Assist Plus suite of driver assistance and safety technology available. It includes enhanced active park assist, evasion steering assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, land-centering technology, and all-wheel drive disconnect.

The model is priced $5,165 lower than the Edge ST - $38,100.

2020 Ford Edge ST-Line The model features seats with red stitching accents.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Expect the trend started by the Edge ST-Line to carry over into other Ford models as the company ensures that there is an option for every possible buyer. Currently, Ford sells an Explorer ST. An Explorer ST-Line could fill a gap between that and the Explorer Limited or XLT models. There is currently no Escape ST in Ford's stable, though an Escape ST-Line may be more appropriate for the Escape's audience.

The Edge ST has been a sales success for the company. Since its 2018 introduction, sales have outperformed the previous Edge Sport model, with nearly double the number sold. In 2019 and 2020, nearly 13 percent of all Edge sales have been ST models.

Orders can be placed for the Edge ST-Line starting today.

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2022 Infiniti Q50 gets more standard tech

The car sees new tech and interior features for 2022.

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The Infiniti Q50 is an aging but still-stylish sedan that offers value and power, but it hasn't quite kept pace with the crop of more engaging premium European cars. However, it's still worth a look, and to press that point further, Infiniti has updated the car for 2022 with a healthy list of standard features.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Exterior styling has not changed for 2022.Infiniti

Headline updates for the 2022 Q50 are wireless Apple CarPlay and newly standard Bose Performance Series Audio. There's now leather for every trim, but in the ways that count, the car is the same as the one we saw last year, the year before, and so on.

That's not to say that the car is bad. After all, it still offers a 300-horsepower twin-turbo V6 as standard and can be upgraded with a 400-horsepower version of the engine. And, despite its aging exterior styling, it's still a handsome car with smooth, sculpted bodywork. The seven-speed automatic transmission and available all-wheel drive remain in place.

2022 Infiniti Q50 All-wheel drive is available for all models.Infiniti

Pricing for the 2022 Infiniti Q50 starts at $43,125, which includes a $1,025 destination fee. The car gets standard wireless Apple CarPlay, leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels, and Bose Performance Audio. All-wheel drive is available for a $2,000 upcharge.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Wireless Apple CarPlay and Bose audio are standard.Infiniti

The mid-range Q50 Sensory starts at $48,825, and comes with 19-inch wheels, black open-pore wood interior accents, navigation, and an air purifier system. Stepping up to the top Q50 Red Sport 400 will run $56,975, and brings the more powerful V6 engine, semi-aniline leather upholstery, and Dynamic Digital Suspension, which adjusts damping settings depending on road conditions and driving style.

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The Bronco will get two new colors for 2022.

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The new Ford Bronco was in such high demand that buyers were in for a long wait, even before the pandemic and microchip shortages wreaked havoc on automotive supply chains and production. Even now, with little hope of a speedy vehicle delivery, buyers are still lining up to get the new SUV, and to reward those whose dreams will have to wait until 2022, Ford is debuting two new colors: Eruption Green and Hot Pepper Metallic.


2022 Ford Bronco Eruption Green and Hot Pepper Metallic will be available. Ford


Ford revealed the colors at this year's Woodward Dream Cruise. The first-generation Bronco, which ran from 1966 through 1977, was the featured vehicle at the cruise, which presented the opportunity to introduce new colors for the upcoming model year. The two new colors won't join the Bronco's existing color catalog until order banks open for the new model year later in 2021. Ford says that the current color catalog which includes Antimatter Blue, Lightning Blue Metallic, and Rapid Red Metallic will be available through the end of the 2021 model year.


2022 Ford Bronco Many Bronco buyers will have to wait until 2022 to get their new SUV.Ford


The new colors may end up being the shades of choice for many current hopeful Bronco buyers. Along with pandemic-related delays, Ford's rollout of the new Bronco has been plagued by hardtop-related cosmetic issues. The problem is big enough for the automaker to replace the top of every hardtop Bronco built so far. This includes vehicles already purchased, the rare few sitting on dealers' lots, and even recently produced vehicles still hanging around the factory. Buyers still waiting for their Broncos to be built will be waiting a while, to the point that Ford says many orders will be pushed into the new model year. Ford is offering Bronco-related merchandise and promises a price lock for all buyers whose orders have been pushed, and now it appears they'll have two new colors to choose from as well.

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