The Ford Flex is one of the few SUVs that can be used as family cars. The full-size crossover utility vehicle can accommodate 7 passengers and a large amount of cargo. It appeared at the 2005 Chicago Auto Show as a concept car and later at the 2007 New York International Auto Show as a production model ready for sale. The American automobile manufacturer is designing a new model with name 2017 Ford Flex in order to strengthen the car position on the market.
2017 Ford Flex – Exterior and Interior Design:
According to the automobile manufacturer, the upcoming Flex will be built on the Ford D4 platform which is available in the Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKT. The new car is therefore expected to borrow some features from these two models. Its body will feature more lightweight materials, making it lighter than its predecessor.
The front end of the 2017 Ford Flex will get a single-bar grille decorated with chrome and flanked by modern LED headlights. The front bumper and fog lights will be redesigned. In the rear end, the new crossover will also feature LED taillights, a modified bumper, and a refurbished tailgate. The sides stand out with alloy wheels, big windows, indicators-equipped mirrors and shiny door handles.
In the interior, the 2017 Ford Flex will have quality leather in the seats and classic fabrics in the other cabin components. The materials are complimented by a beautiful color scheme. The cabin space will not be a problem in the full-size car: it will be quite roomy around the seats and at the back. The infotainment system will be upgraded and will feature a 4.2-inch touchscreen, a navigation unit and Bluetooth connectivity. The car will also be equipped with a 12-speaker Sony audio system and a climate control system, among other technological features.
With a wide range of protection features, the new car will offer safe and secure journeys. Some of the features include 6 airbags, anti-lock brake system, traction & stability control, lane-keep assist system, stability assist system, blind-spot monitors, forward collision warning, seatbelts, and adaptive cruise control. The higher trims will come with additional features such as rearview camera and parking sensors.
2017 Ford Flex – Heart of Vehicle:
According to the car manufacturer, the new Flex will come with two engine choices- a 3.5-liter V6 and a 3.5-liter twin turbo V6. The former has a capacity of 287 hp and 255 lb-ft while the latter is rated 365 hp and 355 lb-ft. The two powertrains will be paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission system.
The most fuel efficient engine will offer 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. As for the pollution, the two engines are expected to emit lesser carbon. Moreover, the turbocharged engine will provide better speed and acceleration.
2017 Ford Flex – Possible Arrival Date, Price, and Competitions:
The new Ford full-size crossover will have a starting price of around $30,500. The auto company is expected to produce more refurbished models which will come at higher costs. The highly refurbished model is likely to cost around $38,000. Concerning the release date, the new vehicle will start selling in late 2016.
The upcoming 2017 Ford Flex will be rivaled by other full-size crossovers such as Chevrolet Traverse, Toyota Fortuner, Isuzu MU-X, Mitsubishi Pajero, Holden Colorado, GMC Yukon, Suzuki Grand Vitara and Lincoln Navigator.