2013 Ford Flex spy shots - Click above for high-res image gallery

The engineers and designers at Ford are hard at work on the next take for one of its largest crossovers. Our spy photographers have managed to snap a few photos of the 2013 Ford Flex ahead of its debut later this year, and from the looks of things, the vehicle will borrow more than a few styling cues from its platform-mate, the 2011 Explorer. Expect to see a more corporate face, complete with a new grille, angular headlights and a revised front fascia among other tweaks. Projector fog lights seem to have made their way to the option sheet for the first time and new wheels should also be available.

Out back, the 2013 Flex looks like it will make use of a restyled tail gate as well. So far, it's unclear exactly what sort of interior upgrades the three-row CUV will receive, though we'd feel comfortable in guessing that MyFord Touch will likely make an appearance in the cabin for the first time. In addition, Ford may pull some fuel economy tricks from the ether as well.



[Source: Brenda Priddy & Company]


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      John
      • 3 Years Ago
      Like or dislike the styling, you have to give props to Ford for doing more than the typical mid-model face lift. Instead of say a Honda Accord that puts a reflective strip of lighting on the trunklid and a few tweaks here and there Ford sends its models out with unique new front and rear facias, as well as totally new IP's and new technology. Their product line stays much more fresh than some competitors, and its easier for Ford to roll out new technologies and design language. As for the Flex itself, many of you are missing the point. Yes the Explorer is also a 3 row crossover, but the Flex is Ford's minivan alternative. Unlike the Pilot, Explorer, Traverse, etc the Flex has no offroad intentions. It bridges the gap from a stale segment and one that is growing. 2013 Ford will have a fresh showroom with the 2013 Taurus, Flex and recently released Escape. If you still don't get it check out the news this morning that Ford had its best earnings quarter in 13 years, they must be doing something right...
      Rick C.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If Ford is looking to make this the next family car, they need to do two things: 1) Bring the price down to real middle class affordability levels 2) Better mileage equates to cheaper running costs.
        Bryan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rick C.
        Thank you, this vehicle costs waaay too much. Fords arent really affordable anymore...almost every suv/cuv starts in the high 20's, you have to get to the 30's to get what you really want. Basically these are the new Expeditions/Tahoes, etc...so Ford is milking it.
        ngaut84
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rick C.
        You know what's funny is that people complain and moan about the price of Ford's vehicles left and right but don't realize that in a few cases, they are CHEAPER than the competition. But prices as a whole are IN LINE with everyone else... You know you can get a Flex Titanium and the Ecobost for around the same price as an Acadia Denali? Or that you can get a Flex with the Ecoboost for around the same price as a midlevel version of the competition's offerings?? Personally I am trying to figure out how Ford's offerings are so expensive compared to EVERYONE ELSE.... On another note, what's interesting is that a lot of the models that are sold are the higher end models.....
      turbonium959
      • 3 Years Ago
      I welcome this change to the exterior of the Flex, as it needs it - stylistically (IMHO). However, I do not see why Ford is investing money into this vehicle. The Flex sales have been poor ever since production began, with total sales through the end of last month at just over 94K units. Thats pretty bad for a model that has been on sales since late 2008. The Edge easily sells that many unit in one calendar year and the new Explorer is currently selling at the same rate as the Edge. With the Explorer and the Flex being so similar in function and $$$, I do not see why the Flex should exist.
        Bryan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @turbonium959
        I really like the Flex, I would have bought one but interest rates were so good on the F150...also, the Flex is not cheap, and theres hardly any on the lots...go to your local Ford dealer, they might have 2-4 on the lot. It makes sense to have but Ford should have marketed the Flex as a minivan replacement, not a suv, because at the end of the day all cuvs are just high riding cars anyways, just like a minivan. And Ford is marketing the Explorer as an SUV still, stupid, because it isnt anymore, but what ya gonna do?
      brian
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lets hope that Ford changes the name to something that resonates w/ buyers... ...they dropped the ball when they named it Flex rather than Fairlane.
      ammca66564
      • 3 Years Ago
      I sure hope they keep this car going. It's an acquired taste, the Flex. But I love the looks, and I think the idea of a lower-riding utility vehicle makes a lot of sense. As fuel economy requirements rise, this may be the only way to do a huge interior volume utility.
      Noz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Absolutely hideous....what would possess anyone to drive a POS like this?
        PlaidWare
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Noz
        MY THOUGHTS EXACTLY!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Noz
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          BB79826
          • 3 Years Ago
          It's certainly useful, but it's not "better" than a minivan. It has practically the same dimensions, less interior space, but looks cooler. That's "better" to someone concerned with image, but not practicality.
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        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        A refridgerator bag? What???? Who in the world upvoted that stupid comment???
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      ericbuck
      • 3 Years Ago
      "projector foglights"? what would such a thing be used for? how would they project through fog?
      Matt
      • 3 Years Ago
      I had a 2011 Flex and Explorer rentals recently and loved them both, but the Flex felt old after stepping out of the Explorer. Can't wait for the Flex to pick up the more fuel efficient and powerful 3.5L V6, manual controls for the 6-speed auto and MyFord Touch. I just hope Ford doesn't ruin the exterior, it looks great as-is!
      Derek
      • 3 Years Ago
      Currently have an 09 Flex myself. Great family vehicle with limo like space and quietness. What it really needs though, is sliding doors. Put those on there, and you have the perfect family vehicle. Of course, we can't do that now can we because then it would be a minivan and be passed over by the current CUV craze which I still don't understand why anyone would give up that much utility and space just to not have to drive a "minivan".
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