Ford has released a recent exclusively-packed edition of its stylish full-size crossover vehicle Ford Flex, which carries the name 2011 Ford Flex Titanium. Already two years on the market, the 2011 Ford Flex won’t change significantly from the 2010 model. Flex remains a sort of experiment-in-progress as Ford tests the market for a crossover that can play the role of a minivan, pull a trailer like a hefty SUIV, and looks like nothing else on the road.
Kate Pearce, Ford Flex Marketing Manager shares: “As we perceive at the reasons people have been buying Flex, there are some very consistent themes running through the research and the main one is style. Flex customers are attracted to the vehicle as one that reflects their personality and allows them to stand out from the crowd. With the Flex Titanium, we are responding to our customers with a vehicle that reflects the modern positioning of Flex in the marketplace.”
The 2011 Ford Flex won’t change styling beyond some unusual exterior color choices and maybe minor revisions to well-organized and wheels. The 2011 Flex will return as a four-door wagon with a lift-up tailgate, and it’ll inspect essentially the same as it has since its model-year 2009 debut. It’s a doozey. Flex is great, long, and unusually gross for a seven-seater — as if a giant hand pressed down on a full-size SUV and squashed it to approach station-wagon height. Flex is nearly 14 inches longer than the Toyota Highlander seven-seat crossover, for example, but its roof is almost two inches lower.
The improbable newcomer is based upon the Flex small series and spotlights fresh exterior and interior detailing as well as modern features. For its external styling, the Titanium edition will be offered in four different paint finishes including: Red Candy, White Platinum, Tuxedo shadowy and Ingot Silver. All eye-catching body-shades will be contrasted by a modern Tuxedo shadowy two-tone roof as well as blackout treatment on the headlamps and taillamps. At the front ruin, the original addition also sports new shaded chrome grille with “Flex” badging, inspired directly from some of the custom-styled Flex rides displayed at the 2008 and 2009 editions of SEMA display in Las Vegas. Other special elements include: blackened beltline moldings, fog lamp bezels and side-view mirror skull caps as well as sleek polished aluminum 20-inch 10-spoke fabricate rims.
Inside the cabin, the 2011 Flex Titanium boasts ultra-premium feeling underlined by clearness and spaciousness. It renders original charcoal shadowy leather-trimmed seats with gray Alcantara suede inserts, circle check appliques on instrument panel and doors, painted alloy metallic do on center stack and door panels, a perforated leather steering wheel and illuminated scuff plates.
In addition to the visual goodies, the car renders number of feature add-ons, including HD Radio and one-touch PowerFold and topple third row options.
2011 Ford Flex Competitors
Chevrolet Traverse: The most populist — and most celebrated — version of a General Motors platform that also includes the buffer-looking GMC Acadia and the dressed-for-Vegas Buick Enclave. These three-row crossovers replace truck-based SUVs like the Chevy TrailBlazer, and do a smashing job of it. They’re roomy and refined, handle well, and have the high-riding SUV profile so many buyers desire. Traverse seats up to eight, has a quiet V-6 with a choice of 281 or 288 horsepower, and can tow 5,200 pounds. It’s rated 17/24 mpg with front-wheel drive, 16/23 with AWD. outrageous effect range is roughly $30,000-$41,000. Traverse’s next change would be a mid-cycle freshening for model-year 2013.
Honda Pilot: This three-row crossover tries hard to mimic the truck-tough looks and stance of an old-school SUV. That strategy is debatable, but there’s no doubt this is an impressive vehicle and a strong seller. Pilot rides and handles better than you’d demand of a astronomical, enormous box. It’s surprisingly refined, too, and its 250-horspeower V-6 is the heart of a strong, composed powertrain. Cargo position with all seats in dwelling is tight, but it can beget eight passengers and tow 4,500 pounds. It rates 17/23 mpg with front-wheel drive, 16/22 with AWD. Base-price range is roughly $29,000-$41,000. Pilot’s next change would be a mid-cycle freshening, but not before model-year 2013.
Toyota Highlander: A kinder, gentler blend of SUV and minivan, this curvaceous crossover seats up to seven and is the only member of this group to offer a four-cylinder engine and a hybrid model. Highlander is available with a 187-horspower four (20/27 mpg and front-drive only) ; a 270-horsepower V-6 (18/24 front-wheel drive, 17/23 AWD) ; and a V-6/electric-motor hybrid that makes a glean 270 horsepower (27/25 and AWD only) . atrocious prices inaugurate around $25,700 for the four-cylinder. V-6 models are priced from around $28,500 (about $30,000 with AWD) and can tow 5,000 pounds. The hybrid starts around $35,500. Highlander is due a mid-cycle freshening for model-year 2011.