The Ford automaker has confirmed the production of its well-known wagon-like crossover, the 2019 Ford Flex. This newest version won’t get any radical changes in any front and it might represent the last model year since according to the latest news, the carmaker might discontinue it in 2020. However, nothing is yet official. So, the 2019 Ford Flex will arrive with its familiar retro and boxy design, excellent interior space, and a host of advanced standard and optional equipment.
2019 Ford Flex engine and performance
The new 2019 Ford Flex will be powered by two types of engines. The standard engine will be a 3.5-liter V-6 engine which is able to develop 287 horses and 254 pound-feet of torque. The front-wheel drive system will be standard while the all-wheel drive will be standard. The front-wheel drive variant gets 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. When connected to all-wheel drive, this model is rated at 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.
The Limited trim levels will also be available with a 3.5-liter V-6 twin-turbocharged engine. This powertrain has the output of 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. The all-wheel drive system will be standard for this unit. Furthermore, it gets 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. Both engines will work with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Ford Flex will be able to tow up to 4,500 pounds with the optional Class III trailering package.
Design of exterior
The Ford Flex features a unique exterior design which is recognized from the instant. It is a three-row crossover with wagon-like proportions, long-wheelbase body, and retro design. The whole body looks boxy and angular with clean lines. Thanks to its design which you either like it or not, the Flex provides excellent ground clearance. The front fascia looks very distinctive and it reminds us of a large USB port. The Limited trim level will come standard with a power tailgate while it will be optional on SEL models. The base model is equipped with standard 17-inch wheels while the higher trim levels ride on either 18- or 19-inch wheels.
The interior design of the 2019 Ford Flex
Stepping into the cabin, the 2019 Ford Flex delivers a very spacious interior with standard three-row seating configuration. It can carry up to seven passengers who will enjoy very comfortable seats with soft bolsters and headrests. The first and the second rows of seats provide an excellent room with plenty of shoulder and knee room even for taller passengers. The third row doesn’t look as nice as the first and the second but it also delivers sufficient space. As well, the third row can split and fold. In the higher trim levels, the standard second-row bench can be replaced with a pair of bucket seats.
Furthermore, the access to the third row is very easy. The base model comes with cloth upholstery while the higher trim levels will receive leather. Behind the third row, the Flex has the cargo room of 20 cubic feet. However, with the second and third rows of seats folded down, the cargo space increases to 83 cubic feet.
Standard and optional equipment of the 2019 Ford Flex
The new 2019 Ford Flex will be available in three trim levels: the base SE, mid-range SEL, and the range-topping Limited. So, the base SE will arrive with three rows of seats, Bluetooth, 17-inch wheels, cloth upholstery, a rearview camera with reverse-sensing system, a 4.3-inch display with base Sync infotainment system, 17-inch wheels, and AM/FM/CD player, USB ports, climate control with rear auxiliary system, and a 6-way power adjustable driver’s seat.
The SEL variant will add universal garage-door opener, push-button start, dual-zone climate control, 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat, an 8.0-inch touchscreen with the Sync 3 infotainment system which supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, heated front seats, 18-inch wheels, woodgrain trim, power front seats, keyless ignition, and remote start.
The Flex Limited version will also include Sony premium audio system with 12 speakers, navigation leather first and the second-row seats, power tailgate, blind-spot monitors, and 19-inch wheels. Furthermore, there will be an Appearance package which will add a black roof, 20-inch wheels, and black grille and door handles.
Among optional features, there will be a panoramic sunroof, a tow package, a heated steering wheel, second-row captain’s chairs, a power-fold third-row seat, ventilated front seats, the Multipanel Vista Roof, and rear seatbelts. All the models come standard with a rearview camera while the Limited will also add blind-spot monitors. The forward-collision warning, Ford’s MyKey system, and adaptive cruise control will be optional.
Release date and price of the 2019 Ford Flex
The 2019 Ford Flex should arrive sometime during this year. Its starting price will be around $31,200 while the SEL version will begin at around $33,900. The price of the range-topping Limited is roughly $39,500.