Ford Flex

The 2011 Ford Flex combines segment-first features and class-exclusive technology and capability wrapped in a distinctive design. Pushing the design even further is the all-new Flex Titanium trim series, which features several distinctive styling cues.

The Titanium series builds off the content of the high series Flex Limited with distinctive beltline molding, grille (black chrome finish), roof (black), mirror skull caps (black), liftgate (black chrome) and fog lamp bezels. Additionally, 20-inch five-spoke painted luster nickel wheels are standard on Flex Titanium.

Both Flex Limited and Flex Titanium include the available Convenience Package, ranked second only to SYNC® as the most popular option selected by Flex customers. Included in the Convenience Package are adjustable pedals with memory, memory driver’s seat, power heated mirrors and a 110-volt inverter along with the power liftgate.

Introduced in 2009, the available 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 offers power comparable to a normally aspirated V-8 engine with the fuel economy of a V-6 with its unique twin-turbocharged, direct-injection strategy. Flex with EcoBoost is available on the SEL, Limited and Titanium series.

The EcoBoost engine is mated to a six-speed SelectShift Automatic™ transmission. This advanced gearbox offers the driver a choice between fully automatic operation and manual control.

With SelectShift, paddle shifters are integrated into the steering wheel spokes. Intuitive to operate, a squeeze back on either paddle will deliver an upshift, while a gentle push forward on either paddle will induce a “matched-rev” downshift. Unlike some competitive transmissions, SelectShift won’t second-guess the driver with an override shift; manual control is truly manually controlled.

All-wheel drive is optional on Flex SEL, Limited and Titanium with the standard 3.5-liter V-6. The AWD option enhances the vehicle’s capability in a variety of weather conditions and is fully automatic, using an advanced array of internal electromechanical clutches to efficiently distribute torque between front and rear wheels as needed.

AWD is standard on Flex with EcoBoost. Standard on Flex is a 3.5-liter, 24-valve variation of the award-winning Duratec® engine family. Delivering 262 horsepower at 6,250 rpm and 248 ft.-lb. of torque at 4,500 rpm, this engine has been tuned to provide brisk acceleration and smooth power delivery, plus an unsurpassed 24 mpg highway for Flex FWD. All Flex models send power through a six-speed automatic.

Source: Ford press

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