Article: What’s Next For The 2013 Ford Flex
If – or when – the 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine becomes available in the Flex it would almost certainly be available only with front-wheel drive and be an option priced around $1,000. An educated guess would put its fuel-economy ratings around 20/28/23 mpg. That would be a nice advantage over the base V-6, which probably wouldn’t deliver significantly better performance than the EcoBoost four in most driving circumstances.
Otherwise, changes made for the 2013 midcycle freshening should carry Flex to the conclusion of this design generation. A second-generation Flex probably wouldn’t debut until at least model-year 2015. And that’s if this vehicle has a future beyond this first generation.
Ford may decide that carrying four crossover model lines — Escape, Edge, Explorer, and Flex — may be one too many. Flex has never been a huge seller and demand has been shrinking, especially in light of Explorer’s well-received model-year 2011 redesign. Also uncertain is the fate of the Lincoln MKT.
If Flex remains in the corporate lineup long-term, it would probably continue to share a platform and components with the Taurus and its crossover spinoffs. Ford is gradually expanding its selection of gas-electric hybrid cars and is establishing a foothold among plug-in hybrids that can go for the first 20 or 30 miles on a charge solely on battery power. It’s also introducing some full-electric vehicles. A future Flex might be electrified in one way or another. It would certainly see even more in the way of technology for gadget-loving car buyers.
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