2013 Ford Flex goes live in L.A.
I’ve always considered the Ford Flex to be a cool crossover and never understood why it isn’t a successful model. However, the Blue Oval company has not lost hope and came up with the revised 2013MY which was unveiled this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Instead of using the razor-blade grille available on the outgoing model, Ford decided to opt for a sharper looking grille that is now connected to the revised headlights. They also developed new designs for the alloy wheels and came up with a bunch of new colors.
Inside the cabin, the 2013 Ford Flex comes with a redesigned dashboard, a restyled steering wheel as well as a new seat trim. It also has been fitted with the newest generation of automaker’s MyFord Touch system that features two 4.2-inch displays located in the instrument cluster along with an 8-inch display in the center stack.
This three-row, seven-passenger crossover comes with the company’s rear inflatable seatbelts along with an optional radar-enabled adaptive cruise control, Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert, and a collision warning system with brake support.
Ford’s naturally aspirated V6 3.5-liter engine has been updated for the 2013 Flex and now has twin independent variable camshaft timing, managing to develop 285 hp and a peak torque of 255 lb.-ft, which is 23 hp and 13 lb.-ft more than the outgoing engine. Ford also mentioned that this new engine is 1 mpg more fuel efficient, which means that it will allow the car to return 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.
Customers will still be able to get the 2013 Ford Flex with the beefier V6 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that churns 355 hp and 350 lb.-ft of torque. For the Limited and SEL models, the Flex can be ordered with an optional Appearance Package that brings two-tone mirrors and roof, leather seats, 20-inch machined alloys, bespoke door trim panels along with other upgrades inside the cabin.
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