• May 10th 2010 at 12:28PM
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2011 Ford Flex spy shots: click above for high-res image gallery

During a rainy and wind-whipped drive home this weekend, we happened upon a foursome of Ford prototypes – one 2011 Lincoln MKX towing a trailer and a trio of Ford Flex crossovers. But unlike the stock-appearing MKX, the trio of Flex EcoBoost models looked different to us, even from a distance. Upon closing in and getting a few frustrating iPhone shots, we decided to speed ahead of the group, pull into a safe lay-by, race to retrieve a SLR camera from the trunk of our long-term Subaru Legacy 2.5GT, and get back in pursuit in hopes of some higher-quality shots – the results of which you see here.

As confirmed by an Autoblog source within Ford, the Flex will receive a new-for-2011 trim level that includes the stealthy alterations seen here: A blacked-out roof (currently, customers can spec a body-color panel, white or gray) and greenhouse, smoked headlamps and taillamps, as well as striking black trim panels and a set of new five-spoke wheels. Perhaps most interestingly, this special Flex receives a carbon-finish grille with the Blue Oval badge deleted. In its stead are big blacked-out letters spelling out F-L-E-X on the hood's leading edge – not unlike some of the company's recent SEMA concepts from Funkmaster Flex and Chip Foose.

Our source informs us that the model will be available in four colors, three of which we spotted: Red Candy, White Platinum, Ingot Silver, and a particularly menacing black model that will feature blacked-out wheels, black chrome moldings, and black mirror scullcaps. The new model will build atop the current Limited trim and be available in both normally aspirated and EcoBoost flavors.

We're not yet sure what the new variant will be called, but here in the States, top trim levels have been dubbed 'Platinum,' while 'Titanium' is the association of choice in Europe, and we're betting on one of those two designations.

Ford's unconventional Flex arguably ambled out of the gate when it was introduced for 2008, but the CUV has been picking up steam as of late, with familiarity seemingly building fondness among consumers. From where we sit, the model's sales improvement is somewhat predictable as the Flex has received a warm reception from critics, and has likely served to blunt the impact of its controversial design. Either way, the new-for-2011 model should go some way toward accelerating the acceptance process when it speeds into showrooms this summer.

Photos by Chris Paukert / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Still looks like Xb Limo!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is in fact the Ford Flex "Titanium" edition
      -Body color handles
      -Beltline molding / black
      -Fog lamp bezel / black
      -Grille * Unique Black Chrome finish (Badge on leading edge of hood)
      -Headlamps and Tail lamps with Unique Blackout Treatment
      -Liftgate * Black Chrome Liftgate Appliques
      -Mirrors * Painted black caps
      -Roof, painted black
      -20" 5-spoke painted Luster Nickel wheel
      -Tire * 255/45R20 All Season
      -Seats, Leather trimmed seats in Charcoal Black with Gray Alcantara Suede inserts
      -Appliques, Circle Check on IP and door panels
      -Center stack finish panel, steering wheel accents and door bezels, painted alloy metallic
      -Steering wheel, perforated leather insert with cruise control and redundant controls
      -illuminated scuff plates.

      Ford told the dealers about a month ago about this. It's even in the new 2011 Order guide.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I still think this thing is ugly.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Carolyn is correct.. I work for Gullo Ford Mercury of Conroe and it is in the order guides. This is slotted above the Limited model and should sell well considering that we can not keep Limited's in stock whereas the SE, SEL variants seem to grow cobwebs... Great job Ford!
      • 5 Years Ago
      It still looks just as daft.
      • 5 Years Ago
      what a brick. Sorry guys I love Ford products but not this one. Seriously it looks like a brick with wheels. I would hope they saved money on the design because man it looks like a lego car. I get the whole boxy movement on design, toaster, cube, etc. but this just missed the mark big time. Functionally yes it works, looks wise, its the ugly step child that shouldn't have been let out of the closet.
        • 5 Years Ago
        When you see the Flex, you immediately think of these past Fords:
        1. Ford Fairmont/Mercury Zypher
        2. 1979-91 ford LTD/Crown Vic/Mercury Marquis
        3. 1980-82 Ford Granada/Thunderbird/Mercury Cougat
        4. 1980-86 Lincoln Town Car
        5. 1983-90 Bronco II
        6. 1983-92 Ford Ranger
        7. 1991-2002 Explorer

        And a few more I can't immediately bring to mind.

        Yep, old habits are hard to break.

        (Pardon me if I'm repeating myself. For some reason AB keeps rejecting my comments.)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good lord that thing is ugly.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am thinking about getting this. Only two of us but both handy capped and suv's are to high to get in. Always have a wheelchair in back and outside lift for elec. wheelchair. From time to time will have 1-4 extra people and have 3 dogs that are at times with us. Now we have a 2002 taurus wagon and at times with the wheel chair there is not enough extra space. Being short I need the auto adjust peddles. Kind of boxy for me but it is growing on me and really like the inside which is where I will see it most anyway. *smile* Just wish they made it in a hybrid.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They should have called it the Fairlane.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Man, why does Scion always get the best aftermarket stuff? I mean, who the heck needs a supercharged LS9 when you can get your xB equipped with warp drive?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Any chance of a Fusion Titanium along the same lines? Any news on the 2011 Fusions at all?
      • 5 Years Ago
      This would make a great hearse
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