When it first debuted in 2008, the Ford Flex caused quite a stir. The 7-seater Flex captured the hearts of many buyers looking for a spacious family SUV at a reasonable price. On its launch, the Flex’s sweeping flat-roofed vehicle helped fill the gap that Ford had in its lineup of people haulers after the company discontinued the Freestar minivan.
However, the Ford Flex fortunes quickly dwindled prompting the automaker to carry out an extensive facelift in 2013. Nonetheless, the facelift failed to reignite the vehicle’s lost spark. Now, not giving up, it is rumored that Ford has decided to hook up the vehicle with fresh changes in a bid to revive its fortunes.
The new 2017 Ford Flex is set to feature a more stylish exterior, interior and a powerful engine to entice new customers and retain current ones. Read along to find what rumor mongers are saying about this Ford SUV;
2017 Ford Flex Exterior
Ford is believed to have added extensive modern touches to the exterior profile of the upcoming Ford Flex. The large SUV will be based on the Ford D4 platform.
The 5-door SUV will have a lighter body compared to the predecessor model. This is as a result of use of lightweight materials on its structure and body materials. According to these rumors, the overall design steps out of the previous version’s design language.
The new model will be bigger and more desirable but will maintain its boxy body shape. Ford Flex enthusiasts should expect a redesigned front fascia which features a modified bumper and a redesigned chromed grille which is flanked by LED headlights with chrome surrounds. At the back, the Ford Flex will feature LED taillights and a redesigned bumper.
2017 Ford Flex Interior
Switching gear to the cabin styling, customers will find even a roomier cabin than that of the current model. Its cabin styling has been upgraded to rival higher-end automobiles. Its styling features a good combination of class, convenience and comfort. The seats will be trimmed in quality leather while rich fabrics will cover the rest of the cabin.
The model will feature an updated infotainment system with a large touch-screen. The system will integrate features such as Bluetooth connectivity and navigation system among others. There will also be another 4.2-inch touch-screen mounted on the cockpit to display other information of the vehicle. For entertainment, the 2017 Ford Flex will feature a 12-speaker Sony sound system.
The rumors go on to allege that the cabin will be equipped with an impressive array of safety features including ABS, traction and stability control, forward collision warning, blind sport monitoring and a package of 6 airbags. Higher trims will feature additional features such as parking sensors and a rearview camera.
Remember that most of this information is based on rumors; therefore, be sure to check this page later to get more updates on this model.
Engine Specs and performance
According to the rumors, the Flex will have an improved engine that offers a better performance and improved fuel efficiency. The 2017 Ford Flex will feature two power-trains.
The base engine will be a 3.5 L, V-6 which is capable of producing 287 hp and 254 lb-ft of torque. In terms of fuel economy, the engine is expected to deliver 18 mpg in city and 25 mpg on highway drives.
Top trims will be fitted with a more potent engine. This engine is believed to be still a 3.5 L, V-6. However the engine will be boosted by twin-turbochargers that help it to pump out 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. This engine is expected to return a fuel economy of 16 mpg in city and 23 mpg on highway drives.
The engines will be paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission system that sends power to the Front wheels or all wheels. However, there are some rumors claiming that the 6-speeed transmission will be replaced by a new 9-speed automatic system.
Price and release date
The rumors don’t stop there, the rumor mongers go ahead to claim that the model will be available for sale in the first quarter of 2017. According to those rumors, a base 2017 Ford Flex will have a price tag of between $ 30,000 and $ 38,000.