Here is a 9/2011 article from Autohome.com
('Rough' Chinese to English Translation by Google Translate.)
Recently, we received a set of the Ford Flex domestic road test spy photos from the Internet. Ford Flex generation version will be launched this year, but still in the road test stage. The exposure of the existing version of the Flex generation ago , supposedly new models in the last year will be released , then import the old models was extremely reasonable. We speculate that the road test or adaptation , or the personal behavior of individual importer early , is not expected to officially imported by the import of large quantities of Ford China .
Unlike the Ford Explorer SUV positioning Explorer, in front of this Ford Flex fit design looks more like a SUV and MPV , although tough appearance have SUV qualities, but the normalized located Crossover crossover should be more appropriate .
From 2005 Ford Fairlane concept car Ford Flex uses a typical box style , whether it is the engine compartment or rear bodywork and window glass , have adopted the Founder straight shape . Ford Flex and Ford Edge, Lincoln MKX collinear production, are based on the Ford Taurus X platform was built, but has a large body size , body length of 5130mm and 2994mm wheelbase exceeded the explorers Explorer models.
****Although the country is approaching the exposure of cash generation models, but the tail is displayed Titanium version , it is after the SEL and Limited versions of the new increase in the top version models. Front grille canceled Ford logo , using the "FLEX" words and Land Rover cars similar to the forefront in the hood plus . Alloy wheels upgrade from 19 -inch to 20 -inch 10-spoke satin specification alloy wheels , tire specifications for the 255/4 5 R20.
****Titanium version of the interior with carbon black-based color, with gray suede chairs AlcAntara surface , and replace wood trim and metal decorative welcome pedal , so that the whole is more sporty , but also closer to the style and appearance . The old section of the center console design no new MyFordTouch multimedia system looks edgy, inlaid mahogany panel dashboard is very old-fashioned charm of American cars .
****Ford Flex boasts the most spacious in its class legroom in the second row and the second row of seats can be adjusted after the right amount of slip . The third -row seat space is a lot more than many excellent seven -style SUV models. Seats can also be completely down to form a flat storage space , plus Flex Founder roof design , it has a good storage capacity.
****Other parts, Ford is its sound system with HD Radio , one-touch power-folding third-row seat . Security configuration, in addition to airbags, Ford Flex for each location are also equipped with curtain airbags, and configure the set called "Roll Stability Control (RSC)" roll stability control systems.
****Power, the cash used Ford Flex is the old section 3.5L Duratec V6 engine, maximum power 262 hp and maximum torque of 336N · m, seemed more than a generation of 3.5L Ti-VCT engine ( maximum power of 290 hp and maximum torque 345N · m) in the power and fuel economy on some weak .
****While approaching the Ford Flex replacement , but for the Chinese market , or a new subdivision models, may locate similar only Mercedes-Benz R -Series models , but both very different in style . If this year's launch of the new generation of the Ford Flex models can also be introduced into the Chinese market as soon as possible . So the Ford Edge, Explorer, Flex three high-end imported cars will make Ford SUV and crossover greatly enhance the competitiveness of the field . ( Text / Leo Carreras )
****Editor's Note : Just like the Ford F-150 is similar in some of Ford's large car fans still heavy in weight . The car will be very high demand for space , cheerful, human individuality and choice . As the final selling price is likely to be in the $ 1 million or so.