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ausrutherford
04-26-2011, 12:29 PM
SPIED: FORD TO KEEP, NOT KILL, FLEX CROSSOVER!
By Andrew Ganz
Apr 26th, 2011
LLN (http://www.leftlanenews.com/ford-flex-2012.html)

After Ford expanded its crossover lineup late last year with a softer, more car-like version of its Explorer, even company insiders suggested that something had to give. That something, it was generally assumed, would have to be the fairly slow-selling Ford Flex. But as our spies have recently discovered, the Flex will live at least a little longer.


Introduced in 2008 as a 2009 model, the Flex was Fordís first attempt at a three-row crossover based on a passenger car chassis. Riding on the same updated Volvo S80 architecture that also underpins the Ford Taurus and Ford Explorer (but not the current Volvo S80, which uses an all new structure), the Flex is more like a large wagon than a high-seating crossover.

Modest sales have not met Fordís expectations, insiders say. Although the Flex was once selling around 4,000 units annually, the Explorer has nipped into its older siblingís numbers. Last month, Ford delivered just short of 2,500 units, a 29 percent drop from the year before when the redesigned Explorer had yet to be unveiled.

Aside from its polarizing squared-off styling, which was gleaned from the 2005 Ford Fairline concept car, the Flex is likely taking a sales hit because it doesnít offer Fordís much-ballyhooed MyFordTouch infotainment system offered in the automakerís other two recent crossovers, the Edge and the Explorer.

The refreshed model spied here no doubt fixes the infotainment issue. Even though we canít see photos of the interior, itís safe to assume that Ford will add in the large touch screen and Microsoft-developed system to the premium crossover.

The Flexís unique, boxy shape clearly remains, despite a new front fascia and some changes to the tailgate.

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Andrew L
04-26-2011, 01:32 PM
I am guessing it will get the 3.5 bump to 290 HP and the 3.5 EB will stay the same at 355. I am also guessing MFT will be added just like the Taurus update.

SobeSVT
04-26-2011, 02:38 PM
Great news. I wonder if there will be surprises in the powertrain department.

mercury_1988
04-26-2011, 02:46 PM
Glad to hear that Ford is refreshing the Flex :) . I'm a big fan of Flex and I like the boxy exterior . And has great power trains . The only thing that is disappointing about the Flex is its outdated interior . Other than that it's a great vehicle and can't wait to see the new one .

Oh by the way I like the MKT as well http://www.crownvic.net/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/default/lincoln.gif .

Andrew L
04-26-2011, 03:21 PM
Great news. I wonder if there will be surprises in the powertrain department.

Maybe the 2.0 EB? Though I am not sure if it would do so well in such a heavy vehicle that seats 7

SullyND
04-26-2011, 08:31 PM
Despite it's flaws (SYNC is awful, and she rattles worse than my 2003 Escape w 120k miles) a year later I am still thrilled with our Flex. Had there not been a Flex we'd probably not be driving a Ford.

2b2
04-27-2011, 03:20 AM
Despite it's flaws (SYNC is awful, and she rattles worse than my 2003 Escape w 120k miles) a year later I am still thrilled with our Flex. Had there not been a Flex we'd probably not be driving a Ford.
just^ what I wrote elsewhere shortly before seeing your post, SullyND
"just my viewpoint
the Flex is almost equivalent to a super-top trim Explorer ... like if Fomoco still had a Premium(mid) Brand http://home.surfree.com/~pauld/groucho.gif
and will appeal to people who may not even consider an Explorer because they perceive the Flex as being 'different'
therefore: no Flex, the customer leaves the Ford family!"

falcon lover
04-27-2011, 10:43 AM
Between the Explorer and the Flex, my choice is the Flex. I like this car soooo much!. Is a pity Ford Venezuela dont asembly or import this car.
Good news ! will be a refreshed Flex... that mean we can see this car 3 years more in the market, at least

ausrutherford
04-27-2011, 10:47 AM
Between the Explorer and the Flex, my choice is the Flex. I like this car soooo much!. Is a pity Ford Venezuela dont asembly or import this car.
Good news ! will be a refreshed Flex... that mean we can see this car 3 years more in the market, at least

At least you guys will get the new Explorer. Has FordVen given a date of production yet?

falcon lover
04-27-2011, 11:14 AM
At least you guys will get the new Explorer. Has FordVen given a date of production yet?

Maybe by July the cars will be in the showrooms...The updates in the production line of the Valencia City`s assembly plant must be running rigth now. The new model will be very expensive. The new Grand Cherokee (already in the roads here) and the old model Explorer, have a 100000 US$ price! (at official rate change of 4,30 Bs for each US dollar) So, i suspect the new Explorer will be more expensive than that...

TurboS40
04-27-2011, 02:51 PM
Will the Flex offer a long wheelbase model? It could generate more sales.

Andrew L
04-27-2011, 03:27 PM
I think a lower base price would help the flex more than a LWB

ausrutherford
04-27-2011, 03:38 PM
I think a lower base price would help the flex more than a LWB

This is suppose to be Ford's flagship. Lowering the price would put it below the Explorer. That is not what Ford wants.

3Mach1
04-27-2011, 04:06 PM
This is my least favorite Ford product. Reminds me of a Ford Cube. However, if they can make money off of it then Im all for it. I was skeptical if it would survive.

falcon lover
04-27-2011, 04:29 PM
I think a lower base price would help the flex more than a LWB

i think the same, a lower price model is needed yesterday!

SullyND
04-27-2011, 11:17 PM
The SE us very reasonably priced. Not every Flex is an EB Titanium. I consider mine a bargain for what we got.

Amphibian
04-28-2011, 01:25 AM
Good to see that Ford remains dedicated to the Flex, at least for the near term. The Flex has become something of the Buick Enclave of Ford products. It has a cheaper cousin (Explorer like Traverse is to Enclave) and attracts buyers who are willing to pay more. Interesting how Ford does it without selling it under a separate brand.

We'll get a good interior refresh with the latest Ford gadgets, MyFord Touch as we all agree. The 3.5L will probably be the revised version that is is moving into the new Edge, Explorer, Taurus, etc. The EB will probably stay where it is now, assuming there's no power boost for other EB cars. The 2.0T COULD happen, but is probably less likely as that would move it more towards the Explorer.

2b2
04-28-2011, 06:20 PM
Will the Flex offer a long wheelbase model? It could generate more sales.
the Flex (& MKT) are already on a stretched wheelbase and the sales volume doesn't warrant a second, longer version imho
altho
I guess Fomoco could make the wlb a little longer for next year's MCE's - but doubt it

&
as I've said, I see the Flex as the super-top trim Explorer so imho they can't go down in price or features
THO they could go UP!

TurboS40
05-13-2011, 01:51 PM
I suppose they could always jump into the fishbowl segment like Nissan is doing with the convertible Murano? But I think the Flex is a little too boxy for this and just plain morbid to even suggest something like this. Maybe the Edge could pull it off and look better. Other bizzare and interesting twists of events is take the Flex, cut the top off and graft a Lincoln front. Give the vehicle a regular looking trunk and call it an Urban Continental complete with center open doors. (WAIT! Don't shoot me for even suggesting this...please! it's not my fault. my imagination is on a roll today) Ok, enough Friday office humor.

2b2
05-13-2011, 06:54 PM
remember this, TurboS40?
http://i54.tinypic.com/2jd17wm_th.jpg (http://i54.tinypic.com/2jd17wm.jpg)
thread Link (http://www.fordinsidenews.com/forums/showthread.php?6522-new-mkS-mkSS&p=37831#post37831)
IF the MKS does move to the MKT/Flex's longer wlb
& since Lincoln is supposed to get retractable glass roofs . . .
&
you Never have to apologize for creative thinking at FiN as far as I'm concerned!!!

btw
mercury_1988, since I frequently surf with images Off, I just saw that great Lincoln Flag smiliehttp://www.crownvic.net/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/default/lincoln.gif .so made a bit of a change & an addition: http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y286/2b2/Lincoln.gif http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y286/2b2/Continental.gif

carmudgeon
05-18-2011, 12:58 PM
My wife and I are more than satisfied with our 2010 Flex. With four children, aged one to nine, we appreciate the ease of ingress and egress, as well as the generous cargo space. We owned a Honda Odyssey some years ago and were quite glad to be rid of the troublesome thing a few years back. However, with the arrival of our fourth child, 6/7-passenger seating became a must and since we both loathe both SUVs and minivans, the choice of upscale vehicles that fit our needs was slim, narrowed down to the Flex and the pricier Mercedes R-class.

It's a terrific highway cruiser, and will likely see much of that role as we plan many road trips to our beach home this coming summer. The performance is simply stunning for a family car, though we pay the price with the car's considerable thirst. It's a bit unwieldy in some parking situations, especially in the narrow streets of our old city, but both my wife and I prefer its more car-like stance and driving position to that of an SUV or minivan. While the price was reasonable for the equipment levels (we have the Limited), some aspects of the interior trim seem inappropriate for a vehicle costing nearly 50 large. However, it's a classy ride with a very upscale attitude and “looks right” parked alongside our Jaguar XF. With a few interior improvements, it could have easily been offered as a Lincoln product, something Ford should consider doing, considering the failure of the ungainly MKT, though I do not think the "Bow Wave" styling theme would lend itself well to the Flex's rectilinear profile.

mercury_1988
05-19-2011, 04:05 AM
remember this, TurboS40?
http://i54.tinypic.com/2jd17wm_th.jpg (http://i54.tinypic.com/2jd17wm.jpg)
thread Link (http://www.fordinsidenews.com/forums/showthread.php?6522-new-mkS-mkSS&p=37831#post37831)
IF the MKS does move to the MKT/Flex's longer wlb
& since Lincoln is supposed to get retractable glass roofs . . .
&
you Never have to apologize for creative thinking at FiN as far as I'm concerned!!!

btw
mercury_1988, since I frequently surf with images Off, I just saw that great Lincoln Flag smilieso made a bit of a change & an addition: http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y286/2b2/Lincoln.gif http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y286/2b2/Continental.gif

Sorry for the late response :( . I like them :) .

mercury_1988
05-19-2011, 04:18 AM
My wife and I are more than satisfied with our 2010 Flex. With four children, aged one to nine, we appreciate the ease of ingress and egress, as well as the generous cargo space. We owned a Honda Odyssey some years ago and were quite glad to be rid of the troublesome thing a few years back. However, with the arrival of our fourth child, 6/7-passenger seating became a must and since we both loathe both SUVs and minivans, the choice of upscale vehicles that fit our needs was slim, narrowed down to the Flex and the pricier Mercedes R-class.

It's a terrific highway cruiser, and will likely see much of that role as we plan many road trips to our beach home this coming summer. The performance is simply stunning for a family car, though we pay the price with the car's considerable thirst. It's a bit unwieldy in some parking situations, especially in the narrow streets of our old city, but both my wife and I prefer its more car-like stance and driving position to that of an SUV or minivan. While the price was reasonable for the equipment levels (we have the Limited), some aspects of the interior trim seem inappropriate for a vehicle costing nearly 50 large. However, it's a classy ride with a very upscale attitude and “looks right” parked alongside our Jaguar XF. With a few interior improvements, it could have easily been offered as a Lincoln product, something Ford should consider doing, considering the failure of the ungainly MKT, though I do not think the "Bow Wave" styling theme would lend itself well to the Flex's rectilinear profile.

Welcome to FIN http://www.crownvic.net/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/default/welcome..gif .

Congratulations and I'm glad that you and your family enjoy owning your 2010 Flex . The MKT is a great car especially the interior . Regarding the look of the MKT is a personal matter of taste .

TurboS40
05-27-2011, 01:56 PM
I guess while i'm at it, take the Flex and turn it into a 2-door convertible, apply some wood-look (or real) trim and call it the Ford Sportsman just like in 1947 only more modern. That would 1 up the Nissan. I am surprised that Ford has not done a concept of a modern Sportsman within the past few years. The Taurus would be a great donor for a 2-door convertible Sportsman if the Flex is considered too big and bulky looking.