A refreshed Ford Flex is coming to the Los Angeles Auto Show, except that its "refreshed looks" don’t do much in the way of improved aesthetics. Sure, it’s different, especially the front fascia, but it still looks a little weird and takes a design cue from, of all things, the Range Rover.
Peculiar looks notwithstanding, the 2013 Ford Flex does have some good qualities, particularly the impressive engine line-up and the bevy of safety and technological features that no other crossover in its market can compete with.
If there ever was a Ford model that fits the description of ’polarizing,’ it’s the Flex. Some people will find the quirky look endearing while others will probably just opt for something else. But whatever you may think of the new Ford crossover, you can’t deny that it’s an attention-grabber, for better or worse.
Find out more about the 2013 Ford Flex after the jump.
The Ford Flex is known for its unique styling and its ability to allow someone to stand out in the crowd. At least, that’s what Ford’s research has shown on the full-size crossover. Now, it seems that Ford is using that research to develop a new version of the vehicle to top its 2011 Flex line-up. Move over SE, SEL, and Limited, there’s a new chief in town and its the new Flex Titanium. The Titanium is based on the Limited series and will be offered in three versions: a 3.5L V6 Duratec FWD priced at $40,340; 3.5L V6 Duratec AWD $42,190 and 3.5L EcoBoost V6 AWD priced at $45,185.
The Titanium version will be offered in four exterior colors: Red Candy, White Platinum, Tuxedo Black, and Ingot Silver combined with a new Tuxedo Black two-tone roof. The key features on the exterior are the blacked-out additions. These include the beltline moldings, fog lamp bezels and side-view mirror skull caps. The liftgate appliqué is now black chrome as well. The beautiful and striking exterior is finished off with 20-inch 10-spoke wheels.
The Ford Flex Titanium is also distinguished by charcoal black leather-trimmed seats with gray Alcantara suede inserts, circle check appliqués on instrument panel and doors, painted alloy metallic finish on center stack and door panels, a perforated leather steering wheel and illuminated scuff plates.
The Ford Motor Company was gracious enough to invite the Top Speed staff to beautiful Boulder Colorado to try out the all new, more powerful FLEX with ECOBOOST in the perfect driving environment. This new vehicle combines the retro boxcar that started appearing on streets last year with the American automaker’s latest innovation in gas saving technology, the best part is, it hauls butt. By utilizing a turbocharged and direct injected V6 engine, Ford’s marketing department is claiming to get V8 power with six cylinder fuel economy, they were right. The FLEX with ECOBOOST that we drove through the mountain roads made 350 HP and made the crossover feel like a proper sports car at times.
The roads were outstanding, the view was incredible and the car was awesome. The FLEX is nothing but fun. From the powerful engine to the retro styling and 20 inch wheels this FLEX has a personality that is all its own, something that is very refreshing in this world of homogenous fuel efficient teardrop shaped econoboxes. The only thing better than how it looks is how the car drove, not only was the ECOBOOST V6 quick off the line but it handled amazingly well, and that is something that we were very happy of being constantly faced with 300 foot drops on the side of the mountain roads.
The American automaker Ford just announced that the 2010 Flex crossover will also be available with the blue oval’s range topping 3.5 Liter EcoBoost V6, an engine that make the same amount of power as a V8, but with the economy of smaller engine, the gas sipping Flexes should be arriving in Ford showrooms by the end of this summer.
The twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 produces 355 HP and 350 lb-ft of torque. An added benefit of the EcoBoost is that it is the first and only full-size crossover utility vehicle to offer Trailer Sway Control, a technology that will help bring both the vehicle and trailer-in-tow back under control if a dangerous swaying situation occurs.
Ecoboost engine will be available in SEL and Limited trim levels. The crossover will be offered with Active Park Assist, an automated system which parallel parks the vehicle with only the touch of a button, Paddle Shifters and a 4,500 pound Class III Trailer Tow with the standard Trailer Sway Control. Not to mention the Flex’s unique exterior deisgn.
Nelly (the Grammy Award-winning rapper) brought his customized Ford Flex to SEMA today. His Flex is a custom-color blue car with a white roof, a modified sound system, 22-inch wheels, an exhaust system (described as "with a little bit of a rumble on it"), and a personalized interior: black Tuscany leather interior with Katzkin seats and contrast blue stitching.
According to Nelly, when he first saw the Flex he said, "Yo, that’s hot! How can I get one of those?" Ford is hoping for similar reactions from soccer moms.
Ford announced that a dozen aftermarket designers will display their "tricked-out" interpretations of the new Flex at the SEMA Show. Despite this number, each and every Flex on display at the SEMA show is unique and different.
Every model presented at the SEMA Show is going for a meaner look with redesigned the front and rear fascias.
Details about each and every customized Flex after the jump.
CGS is preparing a customized 2009 Ford Flex for the SEMA Show. The car was designed by Sean Smith of SS Designs and will be named "ReFlex."
This new crossover SUV will feature custom paint by DuPont Refinishes with paint preparation by 3M, 22" one-off Bonspeed wheels, Pirelli Tires, Custom leather from Roadwire, door solenoids by SPAL, suede interior of Keyston Bros., and a custom sound system by Kicker featuring a Clarion navigation head unit.
As illustrated in the rendering, ReFlex will feature a one-off body kit, Sean Smith and the design team at CGS will clay up the body kit until it looks just the way they envisioned it. The CGS team is also designing and building hand made chrome moldings to separate the two tone paint scheme.
Ford has given up on the minivan, and that’s why we have the Flex. The Freestar/Winstar was not well loved by the public, so Ford is re-approaching the family market with the Flex crossover.
Ford is going heavy for the crossover market. Of the Flex/Edge/Taurus X siblings of crossovers, the Flex is clearly the big brother. It is the largest, most expensive, and possibly the only one you will catch soccer dads driving.
The 2009 Ford Flex earned U.S. government’s top 5-star crash ratings for all four front- and side-impact tests. It also received a four-star rollover ratings for both the front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions.
As standard equipment the 2009 Flex features dual front air bags, headliner mounted side curtain air bags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, roll stability control and tire pressure monitoring system.
Press release including crash rating system after the jump.
Ford has partnered with the “Band From TV", to create the Ford Flex Rally, a scavenger hunt-style charity challenge in greater Los Angeles that allows 10 celebrity teams to put the new 2009 Ford Flex and its interactive technologies through its paces.
The event is scheduled for June 21 and will be hosted by “Band From TV.” The event will feature a host of stars from TV, film and music, each of whom will ride in a Flex and attempt to answer a series of clues giving them directions to the next venue.
"The new Flex from Ford is cool, man,” said Greg Grunberg, founder of “Band From TV.” "I’ve got 3 kids and I’m the drummer in the band and this car works for my lifestyle. Anytime my band gets to play a big party like the Flex Launch and raise a ton of money for our charities is a great day in my book."