2011 Ford Flex Review

Ford Motor Company training in modern American family journey by presenting the 2011 Ford Flex, a full-size crossover that sets a new standard for style, features, functionality and comfort in the hottest segment of the industry in the United States.

"The new Ford Flex crossover is a game changer. This is the first vehicle of its kind that combines seating for seven, interior space and surprising elements with a striking design that looks great on the road and the home for today's modern American families, "said Mark Fields, Ford Americas President, as revealed by the new vehicle in the Salon of 2007 New York International Auto. "The Flex builds on Ford's leadership in crossover, which is the stronger growth of the automotive market today."

On sale in summer 2008, the Flex is arriving as crosses continue to outpace even the remarkable growth of SUVs during the 1990s and minivans of the 1980s.

Last year, the crosses surpassed traditional SUV sales for the first time and they are oriented toward cross-selling annual 3 million units by the end of this decade. Such growth likely will make crossovers the first segment or second in the U.S.

"Flex is another example of Ford creating more products that customers really want," Fields said. "Ford intends to define crossover vehicles this decade, as we did SUVs in the 1999s."

The Flex joins the Edge and Taurus X crossover to the Ford range expansion. Ford's success with crossover utility vehicles are high. In March alone, sales from U.S. company increased crossing over 40 percent last year - led by the success of The Edge.

Redefining the Family Travel

Bold, expressive design and exclusive innovations define the new Flex.

"Ford Flex has the power to move people emotionally and physically," says J Mays, Ford group vice president of design and chief creative officer.

"This crossing has been created for people who know it is the journey - not the destination - which is more important," Mays said, "His touch vertically high design quality, versatility and enable intelligent. Ford Flex to stand out in a sea crossing increasingly crowded. "

The Ford Flex brings to production the Ford Fairlane concept vehicle that turned heads at the Salon of 2005 North American International Auto in Detroit.

"Flex is following in the tire tracks, so to speak, vehicles like the Ford Explorer, Taurus and Mustang. 'The next iconic Ford," said Peter Horbury, Ford's Design Director for the Americas. "It breaks down the day figure of motors people."

Flex Signature exterior design includes:

Ford's signature chrome horizontal three bar grille, which is based on the "face" of the family that defines the Ford Edge and Taurus X crossover, sedan and Ford Fusion.

A unique, all black "greenhouse" -. Defined as the windows windshield, rear and side, and the pillars separating and connecting the roof design brings together seamlessly the body with the available multi-panel roof. Customers can combine a deer or white roof option with one of Flex money 10 available exterior colors or choose a colored roof of the body.

Standard 18-inch or available 19-inch bright aluminum, which plant the new crossover road.

Flex rocker integrated design, eliminating the need for customers to pass over the rocker panel when entering and exiting the vehicle.

Edge-inspired taillamps, which are outlined in chrome. Flex Limited models have led rear lights and a brushed satin finish metal applications, covering the middle of the tailgate.

Quality interior

Inside the Ford Flex offers textures, features and functionality - including segment exclusive - that create an ideal atmosphere for discerning customers and their families.

"Over 90 percent of customers make their purchases crossover vehicle based in part on the overall quality of the interior," said Kate Pearce, Flex marketing manager. "When they see the Flex exterior, they are curious. When they see its interior, they fall in love. "

Flex provides a level of skill, inspired by fashion and furniture, modern materials and soft points.

The data is the tweed cloth seats as the base-level Flex SE Houndstooth miniature blades. Meanwhile, the Flex SEL features a soft insert with a highlight of wheat mattresses sat, while the Flex Limited features unique diamond drilling adds leather seats. Contrast stitching is also available on leather seats and center console.

Interesting features built in

Flex differs from other vehicles thanks to a long list of surprising features. They include:

Class-exclusive refrigerator, mounted between the second row captain's chairs. Unlike competing systems' that merely keep cold beverages cool, the Flex will be available compressor-driven refrigerator can cool up to seven 12-ounce cans, four half-liter bottles or two 20 oz bottles at room temperature 41 degrees a little over two years and a half hours. And '40 percent faster than a standard home refrigerator.

Multi-Panel Vista Roof �. It is not clear on the inside only, it gives Flex passengers seated in each row their own special skylight.

Second row, best-in-class legroom, including class-exclusive adjustable and removable footrests. Flex the second row seats fold and linens to provide access to third row fold into the floor and added cargo space. Available in one-touch system folds and throw in the second row.

Seven color programmable lighting. Flex owners can choose interior lighting to suit their mood. This feature - which was also introduced for the 2010 Ford Focus - customers use a dashboard switch to change the light two LEDs mounted on the front console, footwells and two around two cup holders.

Capless fuel filling system. This unique feature eliminates the likelihood of forgetting to put the fuel cap after refueling. It also saves time by removing the opening and replace the fuel cap and provides a better seal, reducing emissions of smog forming vapors.

Ford Sync �, Ford's industry exclusive, voice-activated hands-free cars and entertainment. This system fully integrates mobile phones and digital media players available on the vehicle. Synchronization car communications system was developed in collaboration with Microsoft and will be available exclusively on Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles this year.

Ford's next-generation navigation system with voice recognition technology and more than 150 hours of music storage. Users can browse the music jukebox via touch screen or via voice recognition. You can also create custom playlists and burn CDs on your hard disk storage system. The system also integrates the climate control and SIRIUS satellite radio into one easy to use, resistant to stains, 8-inch touch screen. AM/FM/MP3 audio systems quality are also available with a six-CD changer, auxiliary input jack to accommodate an MP3 player and the system's next generation DVD entertainment with a giant screen at the bottom of 8 inches.

Ford's exclusive second-generation gateway to the keyboard. Located inside the car in black B pillars, flat screen, backlit keypad eliminates the need for door-mounted buttons and gives customers the ability to unlock doors, disarm the alarm system and disable the lock function automatically by entering a five-digit code.

Travel calm, confident

Ford Flex chassis is designed to be capable, including more than 4,000 pounds of towing capacity, but still produces a quiet ride are sure that crossover customers demand.

"A quiet ride is no longer a luxury," said Gary Boes, Flex chief engineer. "This is something that customers have come to expect from their vehicles and equate with quality. Flex was designed from the beginning with the noise, reduced vibration and harshness in mind."

Technical improvements include a new independent rear suspension (IRS) with unique geometry that allows for better tuning to deliver a broad range of functionality without compromising the interior package. Interior noise was minimized by using sound-absorbing materials for the dashboard, headliner, and carpet throughout.

Moreover, a windscreen of 6 mm thick reduces wind noise and powertrain, while specially selected tires make road noise nearly unnoticeable.

Powerful V-6 with AWD

Flex is powered by award-winning 3.5-liter Ford V-6 is mated to a 6-speed transmission. The powertrain is expected to produce over 260 horsepower and 245 lb-ft of torque and fuel economy.

Flex is available intelligent all-wheel-drive system is calibrated to provide safe driving in all weather conditions. Intelligent AWD uses an active, on-demand electronic switch center to share the exact amount of torque from front to rear - up to 100 percent of both the tree. The system can also anticipate the receipt before it happens.

Families demand safety

Flex is equipped with features that reflect Ford's commitment to customers and keeping their families safe and secure. The new body structure has been optimized crossover with beams of intrusion into the side doors, strategic use of high strength boron steel and specially designed, energy-absorbing interior door trim.

Advances in the safety of other examples:

Rear backup camera. Installed on the bottom of Flex Products division, a badge, available camera is activated when the vehicle is moved backward, allowing the driver to see what's behind the vehicle. The system works with the rear of the vehicle detection system and uses the navigation screen as the display.

AdvanceTrac � with RSC � (Roll Stability Control). This system can predict the course of a vehicle that uses a sensor to measure oversteer and yaw by monitoring the vehicle speed, throttle position and steering wheel angle. When the system of rotation of the wheel of meaning or loss of traction, the brakes if necessary to keep the vehicle safely on course.

Ford Personal Safety System. This set of safety features includes dual-stage driver and front passenger, side airbags, air chest of front seat occupants, safety belts, seat weight sensing system for seating passengers and detect the severity the accident.

Ford's exclusive Safety Canopy � side air bag curtain. Designed for all three rows, this function uses the dual-display technology to efficiently deploy the air bag when an occupant's head rests against the side window. In the case of a collision, the bag will deploy deployment time between the occupant's head and part of the vehicle.

Ford Beltminder � safety belt reminder for driver and front passenger. Flex is also equipped with standard features such as insurance for children in rear doors, the trunk LATCH system and Tire Pressure Monitoring System Ford.
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