Spy photographers have managed to snap a fairly clear look at what the next iteration of the Ford Flex will bring to the table. If these photos are any indication, the crossover will wear a mild facelift that includes updates to the vehicle's grille, fog lights and front fascia as well as new badging. Expect to see new brightwork surrounding both the grille and the vehicle's headlights along with a restyled bumper cap. If that's not pulse-quickening enough for you, it looks as if Ford will also roll in a new fog-light design with a slimmer housing.

The rear of the vehicle will also receive a quick nip and tuck with a reworked bumper cap. We're guessing the rear hatch area may see some attention as well given the heavy camouflage present on this particular test vehicle. Word has it Flex buyers will also get a shot at MyFord Touch for the first time when the vehicle makes its way to dealer lots. Stay tuned.


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      Zacarious
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love seeing Ford getting rid of that three bar grille. This is MUCH more attractive.
      Dafish
      • 3 Years Ago
      I thought I read on autoblog this last winter that Ford was not going to build the Flex, due to lack of sales???????? Kind of like they said that GM quit making the Colorado Sept 2nd when it was actually Oct 2nd...
        tkosoccer03
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dafish
        i heard rumors they were going to put sliding doors on it.. i can't recall who said it or where, but it wouldn't surprise me. it feels like a minivan on the inside, so giving it minivan doors may not be a bad idea, in terms of boosting sales..
          BoostAWD
          • 3 Years Ago
          @tkosoccer03
          I think it would make more sense to at least market it against minivans. I'm still wondering what's so "rock and roll" about the new Odyssey. Perhaps Ford should show the Flex compared to the minivans in towing capacity & performance? Compare it to the AWD Sienna?
      P.Z. Dawkins
      • 3 Years Ago
      Doesn't look bad, but I still prefer the look of the original. The Flex and the first Fusion are the absolute best implementations of the three-bar grille.
      Rick
      • 3 Years Ago
      The whole rear end is like a designer in photoshop, clicked and dragged the enter rear end and extended it. It just looks odd, too long, too much overhang. It's fine up until the rear tire fender, everything after is like Enterprise going to warp speed.
      MAX
      • 3 Years Ago
      They have to keep this pig going so they can keep the even worse MkT rolling off assembly lines. Just buy a Town and Country or Routan and save yourself a lot of pain and trouble. Ford historically has made the worst minivans, that's why they have had such a bad market share. Hell, the Aerostar was their best shot, the Windstar/Freestar was absolutely terrible. Mopar uber alles.
        BoostAWD
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MAX
        Yeah, I test drove the Routan. Flimsy interior? Check. Chrysler engineering? Check. VW service? check. I'll grant the Odyssey and Sienna beat the Flex when it comes to cargo space and headcount of passengers, but I have only 5 people to haul. The Flex does it in comfort, style & performance, especially with the EcoBoost. The Flex is a better value for me. Compare it to the AWD Sienna. Similar price, better performance, roughly equal fuel economy.
      LukaszP
      • 3 Years Ago
      i hate the car in every way. its just an expedition on lower suspension, fat and big. jeeeeeeez a mini van is much better choice over this crap. i honestly don't see any reason to keep this car in production.FORD finally realized to bring the fiesta but they still stick to this huge thing?
        Jim
        • 3 Years Ago
        @LukaszP
        First off, it's not just like an Expedition with a lower suspension. Expedition being BOF while this is unibody. Since Ford ditched the mini van, this is their take of a van. If you never driven one or ridden in one, I don't know how you can call it crap. The second row is limo like with the leg room and it drives and rides pretty well. This is a good alternative for someone needing a 7 passenger vehicle but doesn't want the same bubble styled CUV or minivan. I like the styling because it's not another 'me too' design that blends in with all the other vehicles in it's class. Yeah, it's a box on wheels, but that's what sets it apart from the rest. I think Ford will do well with the new model. And the Ecoboost is a plus too.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @LukaszP
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      MAX
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another boring edition of Ford's ongoing design soap opera of " if we change our grille, maybe people will like us". I prefer the Chrysler 300's model of having a dozen different grilles.
      carfan
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really Like the flex. Everyone I have ever talked to that owns one loves it. Something my wife and have noticed in the past month or so.. we have been starting to see a lot running around. She knows down the road I want a nice used one. Ecoboost. I think it might be due to the fact the leases are coming due , and you are starting to see them at a more affordable price on dealer lots. If you have a family.. you really can't beat it. I have a coworker that has one. She loves it. Said it was wonderful going to Disney World with kids..
      OnTheRocks
      • 3 Years Ago
      MyFordTouch is one of the most unreliable, glitchy, and slowest infotainment systems sold today. Why Ford keeps putting it in their newer vehicles before fixing the the cars that already have it is beyond me. Hopefully they've drastically overhauled the software. A capacitive touch screen would be nice too, but that probably costs an extra 5 dollars more or something.
      Zoom
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the swirls better. Sorry Ford, try again.
      whofan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Come down on price , add some sliding doors to it and call it a minivan. That`s what this vehicle needs
        • 3 Years Ago
        @whofan
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        JaredN
        • 3 Years Ago
        @whofan
        Absolutely not. Part of the reason people buy the Flex is because it doesn't look like a minivan. It is the un-minivan minivan. If you put sliding doors on it, then it is no different than all the other minivans on the market.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @whofan
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        Dean Hammond
        • 3 Years Ago
        they sell very well here in So cal....
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
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          Dean Hammond
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          seems quite a few here dont realize in comparison with the vehicles being quoted sales wise, the Flexs production is limited in comparison....limited production equals less sales numbers and higher ATP's....along with less likely hood of trunk money...ie REBATES.....
          warren,
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          The Flex is built in Ontario, WillieD, so it's not a surprise they sell so many here.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
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          WillieD
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          Whenever I go up to Ontario, Canada I see a lot of them there. So they do sell a decent amount of them in some places.
        XT6Wagon
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm sure its getting updated to atleast the same level as the edge inside, if not the Explorer. I rather hope they basicly cut and paste the explorer's interior into the edge as its quite a bit nicer than even the brand new one in the Edge. It shows just how far they could go with the clean sheet on interior design vs the upgrade the Edge got.
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