New Ford Flex seven-seat SUV comes with several new features including inflatable rear seat-belts.

Ford has unveiled the 2013 Flex ahead of the model's introduction at the Los Angeles motor show later this month.

The new Ford Flex seven-seat full-size crossover comes with some cosmetic changes, including the front fascia, where the ends have been rounded out for a less boxy look. Also gone is the blue oval badge in the center of the grille and the Flex badge is now spelled out along the front end of the hood.

New features to the 2013 Flex are the latest generation MyFord Touch system as well as the inflatable rear seat-belts for better rear-passenger protection. The new system inflates the rear seat-belts in 40 milliseconds in the event of a collision.

Engine options are the 3.5 liter Ti-VCT V6 unit with 285 hp (213 kW / 289 PS) and 255 lb-ft (345 Nm) of torque - now featuring about 20 ponies more than the earlier iteration. The range-topper is the 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 which develops 355 hp (265 kW / 360 PS) an 350 lb-ft (474 Nm) of torque. Both power plants are mated to a six-speed SelectShift Automatic transmission, a sequential gearbox with paddle shifters on the steering wheel.

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