ford flex

ford flex

2013 Ford Flex

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2013 Ford Flex Follow us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/carsreviewallnew Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Cars_Rev Follow us on Google+: http://plus.google.com/u/0/114221960037316929048 Follow us on Blogger: http://auto-rev.blogspot.com Fans of the Ford Flex have even more to love this year with an upgraded model with a sleek new look and even more technology to make driving safer, easier and more fuel-efficient. "Flex appeals to people who want to stand out from the crowd, and it has the highest retention rate of any vehicle in the Ford lineup," said Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas. "With technologies not found in other full-size utilities, even better fuel economy and a more modern, sophisticated look, the new model offers people even more reasons to choose Flex." The seven-passenger, three-row crossover -- which debuted last fall at the Los Angeles Auto Show -- comes equipped with the new generation of MyFord Touch, industry-exclusive rear inflatable belts, collision-avoidance technologies, rain-sensing wipers, keyless entry, first-row heated and cooled seats, power-fold mirrors and an optional new Appearance Package. Plus, the base 3.5-liter engine delivers unbeaten fuel economy of 1 mpg better on the highway and in the city, with 25 more horsepower. Upgraded connectivity The new Flex features SYNC® with the new generation of MyFord Touch®, and is the first vehicle in the Ford lineup to have SYNCstandard. "We've listened to our customers and improved what they love about MyFord Touch," said Kenneth Williams, systems integration engineer. "In this upgrade, the screens have a cleaner, clearer display. The words on the screens are larger and easier to read, the pressable areas on the screen look more like buttons, and we have made the functions clearer for faster navigation." Enhanced safety and driver aid technology The new Flex is available with the automotive world's first production rear inflatable belts to offer improved comfort and protection for rear seat passengers. The advanced restraint system is designed to help reduce head, neck and chest injuries for rear seat passengers, often children and older passengers who can be more vulnerable to such injuries. Advances in airbag inflation and safety belt construction methods have enabled Ford and its suppliers to develop inflatable seat belts that are designed to deploy over a vehicle occupant's torso and shoulder in 40 milliseconds in the event of a crash. The new Flex also boasts available radar-enabled adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support and Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) with cross-traffic alert. These technologies help drivers avoid potential accidents using radar to detect the relative position of other vehicles and warn the driver with a combination of visual and audio alerts. Flex comes equipped with Torque Vectoring Control and Curve Control technology. More typically found on high-performance cars, the Torque Vectoring Control system uses the car's brakes to imitate the effect of a limited-slip differential, constantly balancing the distribution of engine torque between the front wheels during cornering, resulting in improved grip and steering and a reduced chance of understeer. The system operates using the car's stability control module and monitors the vehicle 100 times per second. As the car accelerates through a corner, the system detects when the front inside wheel is starting to slip and applies an imperceptible amount of braking to the wheel. This prevents wheel spin and has the effect of transferring engine torque to the outside wheel, which has more grip, thus maintaining traction and steering control. Unlike a traction control system that reduces engine power, the intervention from Torque Vectoring Control is extremely subtle and may not even be noticed by the driver. Curve Control senses when a vehicle is entering a curve too quickly, and can apply four-wheel smart braking...