If you’re a fan of the boxy, seven-passenger Ford Flex, than we’ve got news for you. As you can see from the photo, the funky MPV (we’re going to call it an FMPV) has received a sexy and futuristic facelift for the 2013 model year. But that’s not all.
Owners will be able to transport their entourage more efficiently with an upgraded 3.5L V6 engine that now provides a more powerful 285 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. Ford is expecting a fuel economy of 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway, which is a 1 mpg improvement. Though if that’s not enough mustard there’s always the choice to upgrade to the EcoBoost version of the engine, which is good for 355 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque — and that power can be transferred to all four wheels.
The refreshed Flex will be graced with several improvements on the inside, with the most relevant being the next generation MyFord Touch infotainment system, and an industry-first inflatable seat belts for the second row that will cushion the shoulders and mid-sections of your crew in the event of a crash. Though they will probably be enjoying cooled beverages from the refrigerated second-row console too much to really care. If only it came with a rear seat entertainment system to watch episodes of Entourage…[expand]
DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 8, 2011 – Fans of the Ford Flex have even more to love next year with an upgraded model with a sleek new look and even more technology to make driving safer, easier and more fuel-efficient.
- Hands-free, voice-activated calling via a Bluetooth®-connected mobile phone or USB-connected digital music player
- 911 Assist™, the automated emergency calling service that is free for the life of the vehicle
- Vehicle Health Report, the on-demand diagnostic and maintenance information service
Under the hood, Flex’s new base engine delivers even more efficiency and performance with the addition of twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) to the 3.5-liter V6.
- Allows the alternator and system voltage to be controlled based on battery condition, vehicle operating state and electrical load status
- Provides feedback to the vehicle regarding battery condition for active load management and battery diagnostics
- Monitors battery temperature (higher voltage in lower temperatures, lower voltage in higher temperatures), extending the battery life
Flex’s new front end rounds out the previously boxy edges, creating more visual harmony between the front and the rest of the vehicle. The signature Ford blue oval has been removed from the front, which now solely bears the Flex badge.
Also new is an Appearance Package on Limited and SEL models that includes an available two-tone roof and mirrors, 20-inch machined aluminum wheels with painted pockets, leather seats, unique door trim panels and other interior upgrades for a truly distinctive, premium look and feel.
The Ford Flex is built at Oakville Assembly Complex in Ontario, Canada.