Ford reveals pictures and details of their refreshed 2013 Flex, now even more powerful and unique looking than before.
When the new Ford Explorer debuted over a year ago, many believed the death of the Flex wasn't too far away. The Explorer, some would argue, is better-looking than the box-like Flex. But still, there's something about the Flex that we've always liked. Perhaps the reason is that its designers were unafraid of going all out with their retro-ish design. And for 2013, Ford is embracing this theme even further as the large crossover receives its first major update since it launched back in 2008.
Set to have a live debut in a couple of weeks at the LA Auto Show, the '13 Flex features a newly restyled front fascia that will no doubt leave potential buyers with either a love or hate it feeling. Note that Ford has eliminated the Blue Oval from the front end, leaving only the Flex name. Besides the new retro, yet modern front end, Ford has also given the crossover a powertrain update with the standard 3.5-liter V6 receiving an additional 20hp and a slight bump (1 mpg) in both city and highway fuel economy. In addition, the Flex features the latest version of the automaker's infotainment system, MyFord Touch.
There's also new safety and driver-aid features such as adaptive cruise control, Ford's Blind Spot Information System, push-button start, rear inflatable belts, rain-sensing wipers and Active Park assist. In addition to the 3.5-liter V6, the 3.5-liter direct injected EcoBoost V6 also remains an option, delivering V8-like performance with 355hp and 350lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic. Other updates include standard dual exhaust, a revised dashboard, steering wheel, electronic finish panels, along with new seat trim and foam.
For the Limited and SEL models, there's a new Appearance Package with a two-tone roof and mirrors, 20-inch machined aluminum wheels, leather seats, and various other premium upgrades. With the addition of three new exterior colors (Ruby Red, Deep Impact Blue, and Kodiak Brown), buyers can also choose from body-color roofs or two-tone in either white, gray, or black. More details and pictures will be released later this month from LA.