The newest 2018 Ford Flex vehicle is coming out. But this model features only a mild remix of things that we got to see in the previous update for this car. As Ford has had a lot of things on their hands with the latest releases and models that are suppose to come out this and next year, the designing of the Flex took its toll. The model does not change dramatically and essentially looks as it previous incarnation.
The model was first released in 2007, featured for the first time at the New York auto show. The model actually went on sale in 2008 and was a refreshing new design that Ford offered for this segment. The next model cam in 2011 when the car received a larger updated building up on the success it had with the initial model. The 2011 design was showcased at the LA Auto Show and featured a three-bar grille and “FLEX” lettering which were placed instead of the Ford lettering but a more interesting update was the addition of a V-6 engine.
Next came the 2014 model which gave us a facelift to the previous version and is actually the model that the 2018 version copies form and based its design on. This is now an expanded version of that model which does not manage to expand with a whole lot. You can still get the six or seven seat versions and an option of a RWD or an AWD system. The price is pretty much the same but a little bit higher. Check out the updates done as viewed from this review and learn more new information about the release date.
2018 Ford Flex Available trims
As there are not many changes made, the 2018 Ford Flex is still going to be offered in the same trim variants that were used before, namely SE, SEL and Limited versions are available.
2018 Ford Flex Exterior
The exterior of the 2018 Ford Flex is going to be pretty much the same design wise. It will bare similar appearance. The innovations that were introduced with the 2014 model are going to remain for the car still, so for instance the a single-bar grille and the signature Ford blue oval badge are not going to be featured here as expected as they were dropped in favor of the Flex badge. Actually the greatest addition are the two new exterior colors that the model receives, Sunset Metallic and Oxford White.
The SE trim features halogen headlamps with autolamp feature, rear window defroster, power door locks, speed-sensitive front windshield wipers, black roof-rack side rails with a body colored roof.
The SEL version offers equipment such as stainless steel bright beltline molding, a black painted roof, body colored handles and silver roof-rack side rails. Of course is comes with all of the mentioned parts from the SE trim as well.
But the Limited of course uses the most amount of upgrades. Those include LED tailamps, HID headlamps, reverse sensing system, power door locks with autolock feature, chrome door handles, body color exterior mirrors and a body color roof as well.
Interior Changes 2018 Ford Flex
The interior of the 2018 Ford Flex retains the shape and appearance of the previous version, with a few new additions and small tune-ups made. The new cluster is from before and the model also transfers refreshed steering wheel, new seat trims with foam and electronic finish panels. Optionally available are the active park assist system which has ultrasonic sensors to controls the navigation system, and also SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link which has GPS technology with 3D mapping.
The SE trim offers climate control, Ice Blue interior lighting, a leather wrapped steering wheel with the same leather on the shift knob, cockpit integrated display, privacy glass on teh rear door parts and a Dual-Headrest DVD Entertainment System.
The SEL version comes with MyKey, storage pockets for all doors, overhead console with map lights and sunglass holder and tinted glass for all windows.
The Limited adds, besides all of the above, Dual-Zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control. leather-wrapped steering wheel with wood inlay and cruise, memory feature for driver’s seat and ambient lighting.
Engine Of 2018 Ford Flex
The newest 2018 Ford Flex will offer us a possibility of choosing between two engine choices. Offered are the 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that makes 287 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 254 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm, with EPA rating of 18 mpg city and 25 mpg on the highway.
The second one is the 3.5-liter EcoBoost making 365 horsepower at 5,500rpmand 350 pound-feet of torque at 3,500 rpm and an EPA rating of 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway.
You can get both engines with a a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, but the base comes with a standard FWD ssytem and an AWD is optional, but the second engine uses the AWD as standard.
2018 Ford Flex Release date and price
The latest version of the 2018 Ford Flex is going to make its debut at the start of the year as it is going to have its release date in January. The price for the SE version is $31,995, the SEL costs $34,595 and the Limited is available at a price of $40,395.