The 2013 model Ford Flex that will debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show next week will be sleeker as it will be rounder and more streamlined. The changes were probably made in response to criticisms that the previous model was too boxy. The styling revisions to the freshened 2013 Flex are most obvious from the front.
Instead of Ford’s blue oval, the word FLEX could be seen in big block letters on top of the grille. The interior has also received updates. The Flex is powered by a standard 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V-6 that offers 285 hp, an extra 20hp higher than the existing model.
As a result, the 2013 Flex offers an estimated 18 mpg city/25 highway, 1 mpg more than the present version. The Flex is also offered with Ford’s 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine. It has an output of 355 hp and 350 pounds-feet of torque.
However, both engines come with a six-speed SelectShift Automatic transmission. This seven-passenger crossover will be available with the newest version of Ford’s Sync hands-free telematics system with the next-generation MyFord Touch screen controls.
Ford said earlier this week that it aims to upgrade the system by presenting cleaner, simpler, easier-to-read screens with quicker touch- and voice-response times. The 2013 Flex is fitted with more safety features such as rear inflatable seat belts and radar-controlled adaptive cruise control.
Winner of the Breakthrough Product Award, the Ford Flex comes with innovative rear inflatable seat belts that offer not only increased protection for rear passengers but also incredible comfort. The award given by Popular Mechanics at the annual Breakthrough Product Awards ceremony is one of many revolutionary designs changing how we live our lives such as synthetic limbs controlled by the mind and computer chips made from wood.
Designed to reduce injuries to the chest, head and neck, the inflatable belt protects more vulnerable members of your family who tend to sit in the rear of the vehicle.
Technological advances in both seat belt engineering and airbag inflation have meant Ford has been able to design a process wherein the belts deploy within 40 milliseconds of a crash, protecting the wearer’s torso and shoulders.
The inflatable belts function like normal seat belts and will only inflate in the event of a collision. Using cold compressed gas, the airbag inflates from a cylinder under the seat up through the buckle.
New Ford Flex also comes with Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) which is powered by cross-traffic alerts, radar-enabled adaptive cruise control (ACC) and collision warning with brake support.
The technological advances inside the new Ford Flex are proven to uphold driver safety by detecting the position of other vehicles around you through the use of radar and it does this by using a system of audio and visual cues.
Scanning for vehicles in front of the Flex 20 times a second, the ACC system will recognise vehicles up to 150 yards away and take note of any changes in speed, even as slow as a quarter of 1 mph.
The ACC still works like any other form of cruise control except it will slow down when vehicles in front have slowed down but once the blockage has cleared, it will happily resume the set speed as per the conditions. The ACC can be set according to personal preference, terrain, speed, distance and the amount of time between the Flex and other vehicles on the road for the ultimate in safety.