2018 Ford Flex Limited AWD Limited 4dr Crossover. The Ford Flex Ecoboost is powered by a 3.5-liter petrol engine with bi-turbo. It develops a maximum torque of 475 Newton meters at 3500 revolutions. Compared to the predecessor Ford was able to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 20 percent. The standard consumption is 12.4 liters per 100 kilometers. The SEL version offered by FORD also includes electric tailgate, adjustable pedals, memory function for the driver’s seat and an electric sunroof in the first row of seats, two glass roofs in the middle and a large panoramic glass roof at the back.
So that comes out when Ford thinks in America about the abandonment of the terrain giant: A five-meter-long seven-seater with lots of chrome and powerful engine. But with this, the Flex follows a crossover concept, which American market researchers predict is a bright future. It was not enough for a real small car. But at least the new hope of Ford looks like a mini – just in Maxi. And the engines of the Flex are among the most modern, which the company has to offer.
The big touring car, which plays in a league like the Chrysler Aspen, the Dodge Journey and – even if one does not like to hear it at Mercedes – the Mercedes R-Class, is something of the charming alternative to the SUV Explorer and hits it exactly The trend of the time: While the registration numbers for pick-ups and SUVs are on the decline, the market researchers predict a bright future for the cross-over concepts. And the Flex, which costs in the basic version converted hardly 20,000 euros, drives in the field at the very front.
Above all, he owes this to his stunning design: “This car has the power to move people not only physically, but also emotionally,” says Ford’s design chief John Mays, putting the seven-seater on a par with cars like the Fiat 500 or the Mini: Not the need arouses the desire, but just a look is enough to make it tick in the checkbook.
Inspired by the 2005 Fairlane study unveiled in Detroit, the Flex looks like a winning mix of a Mini Clubman and a Range Rover. The flank and the rear are broken by distinctive grooves, the front is high and angular, the rear follows the dictates of the right angle, and the low, long roof gives the car a stocky stature, where the eye first encounters and then all the more sticks more firmly. “So the Flex stands out from the swelling tide of crossover vehicles,” Mays explains the mission of at least 5.13 meter long station wagon, the front of the grill shows more chrome than some old Cadillac and like a mini also like with contrasting colored Roof pulls up.
But the car does not live by design alone. With the Flex Ford wants to inspire in the long run and has therefore tailored him an interior like a living room on wheels. Not only the variety of loving details, but above all the stunning space is convincing. With more than three meters wheelbase you can even stretch out your feet in the rear, and thanks to the automatically moving forward Captain Chairs in the second row, you can climb to the last bank. And if you do not need it to sit, you can fold the two back chairs and get a level loading floor and plenty of storage space for a long family holiday.
The Ford Flex looks like a Mini Clubman who has swallowed an American school bus. In any case, the huge family van is an eye-catcher. It is five meters long, has seven seats and 265 kW / 360 hp under the hood: the Ford Flex EcoBoost. Behind the bulky name hides an idiosyncratic designed US crossover van and station wagon. The edged giant of Ford USA is just the right vehicle for extrovert families. The 2011 model of the Ford Flex in the SEL equipment with 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine. The V6 develops a lush torque of 475 Nm at 3,500 rpm. Its standard fuel consumption is 12.3 l / 100 km thanks to bi-turbo and gasoline direct injection from Bosch.
The generous standard features of the SEL version include permanent four-wheel drive, a six-speed automatic transmission, four glass roofs, fully-equipped leather, 20-inch alloy wheels, an active parking aid and the twelve-speaker sound system from Sony. Also included in the price is a warranty insurance over two years and 120,000 km.
Where other cars only have seats, there are large and comfortable armchairs here. For the dozen or so cup holders, Ford offers a range of refrigerators that do not melt even ice cubes, and the digital jukebox for 23,000 songs not only reads CDs, but also burns them. Two outlets supply power to laptops, cool boxes or video games. Console and cupholder lighting switches between seven colors at the push of a button, and Americans can also bring television, online news or the weather service to the car.
In addition to lacquer and leather, there are also four glass roofs in each of the upscale appointments, through which everyone can see their own piece of the sky. Of course, material selection and workmanship at this price are not quite as luxurious as in an R-Class, a VW Bus or its distant European cousin Ford Galaxy. But by American standards, the Flex looks almost loving and distinguished. And because he wants to be a family car, Ford also attaches great importance to safety and mounted next to six airbags also ESP and electronic protection against rollovers.
The design is innovative, the interior is interesting, and even the technology under the tin is forward-looking. Because at least in the top version, Ford mounted in Flex a six-cylinder from the new EcoBoost family, which is a comparatively reasonable alternative to diesel: standard combined with an adaptive four-wheel drive, it brings the turbocharged direct injection engine at 3.5 liters displacement on the performance a larger V8 and the consumption of a smaller V6. After all, 355 hp are compared to an average of just under ten liters.
Sonor in the sound, strong in the suit and pleasantly relaxed with the six-stage automatic, the Flex accelerates with EcoBoost at least in less than seven seconds to 100 and should easily come to 200 things. 2018 Ford Flex Limited AWD Limited 4dr Crossover. The Ford Flex is the clear example that not all SUVs are a success. This model of the American company could have the days counted, because it has not enjoyed the expected reception.
Here you have the story of an SUV that did not triumph, the proof that not all SUVs are a success we have in the Ford Flex. Although, it is an all-road that, despite the fact that the brand has not made official that it will stop manufacturing it, everything indicates that it will not continue in the company’s plans. In addition, the Ford Flex is manufactured in Oakville, Ontario, along with the Lincoln MKT, which may mean that both the one and the other will stop producing.
The Ford Flex was born in 2007, when it was presented at the New York Auto Show. Later, in 2008, it went on the market, producing along with the Ford Edge and the Lincoln MKX in the plant that has the brand located in Ontario. The Ford Flex is based on the Ford Fairlane prototype that the company launched in Detroit back in 2005, an SUV of modern character and design. The idea was to replace the Ford Freestyle, leaving the customer a practical SUV that could be used as a minivan.
Similarly, Ford thought of the Flex as a replacement for both the Freestyle mentioned and the family version of the Taurus, the Ford Taurus X. Although everything was an idea. The Ford Flex is sold in the United States, Canada and the Middle East, and in these regions has not enjoyed the expected reception. Despite having a cabin capable of offering up to seven seats, its design and capabilities have not convinced, being now under study its continuity.
If the oval brand finally decides to continue with the production of the Ford Flex, it is sure to receive a major update. One of its weak points is the total weight it declares, some 2.5 tons, which will lead Ford to use lightweight materials in its construction. In the same way you will receive EcoBoost engines in its mechanical range, trying to reduce the weight of the vehicle to the maximum.