Performance SUVs are the cool thing right now, and even Ford is getting in on it. The automaker plans to roll out the new Edge ST mid-2018. In an early sneak peek, Ford has shown off the vehicles Sport mode feature.

Found built into the Edge's rotary gear shifter is a button with an S on it. Pressing this activates Sport mode, which features sharper throttle programming and engine braking, rev-matching, and lower gear holding. This will allow drivers to have a more responsive vehicle capable of quicker downshifts. A tachometer will also automatically appear on the digital console to help measure performance.

The 2019 Ford Edge ST is sporting (har har) a 2.7-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine capable of 335 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. This is a good 60 more than the previous Edges, which had a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine.

More than just numbers, the Edge ST also features some new upgrades, such as fully manual paddle shifters, a stiffer suspension, larger vented rear rotors, and an optional performance brake package. The brake package will provide higher grade material and ventilation to the front rotors. By default, the Edge will have 20-inch wheels, which can be upgraded to 21 should you opt for the performance package.

Visual changes include a wider grille with improved cooling, deep side skirts, and dual-exhaust outlets.

This is another instance of the market's shift away from sedans in favor of SUVs and crossovers. Ford announced last year that they were dedicating $7 billion of capital toward this shift, and this is some of the results from that. The automaker also has plans to make a new Bronco, Ranger, and an Escape-sized off-road SUV.