Ford unveiled the production version Flex at the 2007 New York International Auto Show and put it on sale in the summer of 2008. A mild facelift was revealed at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, when the model received an updated exterior look with a single-bar grille replacing the old three-bar grille and "FLEX" lettering replacing the Ford logo. A more powerful V-6 version was also added.
Given all the updates offered for the 2013 model year, it’s no surprise that the 2014 Flex remains pretty much unchanged, with the only updates including new exterior colors — Sunset Metallic and Oxford White — and a series of new standard features.
The model will continue to be offered in three trim levels — SE, SEL and Limited — with prices starting from $31,100 plus $895 destination and delivery charges. Buyers can order it in six- or seven-seats versions, plus front wheel drive or all wheel drive configurations.
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The Ford Flex entered the market for the 2009 model year, superseding the Ford Taurus X and the Ford Freestyle. Riding on the same platform as the Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossovers, the Flex took on a what Ford considered to be a significant makeover. On the outside, the Flex got a new, single-bar grille, and redesigned headlight lenses to go with new fog lights in the lower corner of the front fascia. Outside of this, the side profile remained the same, and you need a pretty keen eye to point out any changes to the boxy and ugly rear end. Inside, the Flex got a new instrument cluster, refreshed steering wheel, electronic finish panels, new seat material and the next-gen MyFord Touch infotainment system. It should come as no surprise that there are plenty of right angles inside the cabin as well. Under the hood, the Flex can be equipped with an updated 3.5-ltier, Ti-VCT that now delivers 285 horsepower or a 3.5-liter EcoBoost that delivers an impressive 355 horsepower and offers all-wheel drive.
The Ford Flex competes in the same segment as models like the Chevy Traverse and the Toyota Highlander. The thing is, the Flex stands out almost on its own with its overall boxy design and styling inspired by the Range Rover. On the price front, however, the Flex is a strong competitor with pricing that falls almost dead even with its biggest rivals. So, does the restyled and more upscale Ford Flex have what it takes to stay strong in the highly competitive SUV market? We’re not sure, but we’ve detailed all the new Flex in our full review below.
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.
TheFord 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.
Press release after the jump.
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.
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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.
Press release after the jump.
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.
Press release after the jump.
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.
Hip Hop guru of car customization Funkmaster Flex brings his vision of urban luxury to Ford’s newest crossover with the Flex2. His signature two-tone paint scheme is integrated cleverly into the Flex2 through a House of Kolor Kandy custom paint job that features a Brandywine body color and a unique faux-brushed aluminum roof. Flex2’s exterior design is further enhanced by custom 3dCarbon accents including fender vents, upper and lower grilles and a rear upper spoiler.