Ford Flex Review : Full Size Crossover Vehicles.
A new crossover is on its way, although this could no longer be surprising since it appears like each and every other automaker has a new crossover to present but according to San Antonio Express News this crossover is very distinct.
The crossover that the San Antonio Express News is referring to is none other than the 2011 Ford Flex which was introduced as the first complete-size crossover utility car at the New York Automobile Display —and this specifically what makes this crossover distinct from the rest of its competitors.
Until today, crossovers have ranged from the original mini-sized models such as all-new Ford Edge, GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook, Mazda CX-7 and CX-9, and the Suzuki XL-7. For this year the full-size SUVs that are accessible on the industry are all truck-primarily based models like the Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon, Ford Expedition, Nissan Armada and Toyota Sequoia.
The Flex will support expand Ford’s already excellent choice of crossovers comprising of the compact Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner—both of which also come in gasoline-electrical hybrid versions. Additionally, Ford sells the Edge, primarily based on the chassis of the Fusion midsize sedan, even though the Freestyle was primarily based on the chassis of the greater 5 Hundred sedan. For 2008 Ford will rename the 5 Hundred to become the new Taurus, and the Freestyle to grow to be the Taurus X.
Last year, crossover exhibits a powerful sales return as compared to the conventional SUVs and most auto analysts believes that such trend will continue for this year. Also, for this year it is observed that the truck-based SUVs are somewhat going out of style related to the way when minivans lost their market place dominance.
Ford, which is also has Mazda, maker of top quality Mazda truck elements and Mazda truck accessories as a subsidiary, stated that the sales of crossovers in the US industry are expected to reach three million units annually by the end of the decade. According to Mark Fields, Ford’s President for the Americas at the New York introduction, “Flex is one more instance of Ford creating far more of the merchandise that our consumers truly want. Ford intends to define crossover vehicles this decade just as we did SUVs in the 1990s.”
Final March Ford’s crossover sales in the US rose to a lot more than 40 % compared to the exact same period last year according to the automaker. Ford also confirms that the production of the Expedition will continue even following the Flex arrives. Nevertheless if gasoline rates continuous to enhance and consumers would abandon the traditional truck style SUVs in favor of crossovers then the production of the Expedition would then be reconsidered.
Ford spokesman Harold Allen mentioned, “Expedition sales truly have been growing the past 4 months. The people who want the Expedition are nonetheless out there and are nevertheless acquiring it. One purpose is the fantastic towing capacity of the Expedition.”
In spite of the reality that each Flex and the Expedition can accommodate seven individuals, the Expedition can really pull trailers weighing up to 9,000 lbs while the Flex is limited to hauling 4,000 lbs only. The Expedition appeal to people with bigger trailers while these individuals who are interested in plain transport would prefer the Flex.
As of now the Flex remains to the only full-size crossover utility automobile but considering that it would be made obtainable in summer of 2008 it is not not possible that other automakers can have the exact same huge crossover launched a small earlier and that would be not be great for the Flex.