Ford's performance line will grow to include the 2019 Edge ST this summer, and the automaker is really trying to amp up its family crossover.

The 2019 Edge ST will include a dedicated Sport mode with a rev-matching feature when downshifting the 8-speed automatic transmission, the automaker announced last Friday. The rev-matching feature compliments the standard paddle shifters. Drivers will find Sport mode integrated into the performance-oriented crossover's rotary gear selector, and upon pressing "S," things begin to change. Ford said the exhaust gains a louder bark, the throttle mapping becomes sharper, and the transmission will hold lower gears longer.

The rev-matching system will automatically raise engine speed in preparation for quick downshifts, and quite frankly, it sounds like quite a bit of fun for a family-hauling crossover. In Sport mode, a tachometer will automatically join the digital instrument cluster, too.

At the heart of the Edge ST is Ford's 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine, good for 335 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. The sporty crossover also earns a stiffer suspension tune, vented rear rotors, all-wheel drive, and optional summer performance tires wrapped around 21-inch wheels. A performance brake package with vented front rotors will be on the options list.

The Edge ST will also look the part. It will get a larger grille to cool that powerful engine, side skirts, dual-exhaust outlets, and those larger wheels and tires.

Ford has yet to price the Edge ST, but we'd expect the performance goods won't be cheap.

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