The new 2013 Ford Flex is a full-size SUV that offers three rows of seats. This new seven-passenger, three-rows crossover comes equipped with the new generation of MyFord Touch, rear inflatable belts, and more. The new 2013 Ford Flex competes in the popular crossover segment with other cars, such as Chevrolet Traverse, Mazda CX-9 and Toyota Highlander. For 2013 Flex model, Ford has added a lot of new standard or optional features including ventilated front seats, adaptive cruise control, more powerful V6 engine and electrically driven power steering on all models.
The new 2013 Ford Flex is a full-size crossover SUV vehicle that can seat up to seven adults and carry more luggage at the sometime it is a modern equivalent of what to be the family station wagon but it offers much more comfort, practicality and joy to drive on any road.
The new 2013 Ford Flex, the largest SUV model of Ford, as Explorer and Expedition, is available in six- or seven-passenger configurations and it is offered in three trim levels: SE ( starting at $30,885 MSRP ), SEL ( MSRP from $33,285) and Limited (from $39,230 MSRP).
The 2013 Ford Flex SE is the most affordable model and it comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, cruise control, rear parking sensor, automatic headlights, a six-way power driver seat, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and a 60/40-split second row seat. The SEL trim level adds 18-inch wheels, foglamps, heated mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a six-way power front passenger seat, MyFord Touch electronics interface with a large central touchscreen, two USB ports and enhanced steering-wheel controls.
The 2013 Ford Flex Limited adds 19-inch wheels, LED taillights, xenon headlights, a power liftgate, keyless entry, keyless ignition, driver memory functions, perforated leather upholstery, a 110-volt power outlet, a navigation system, a rearview camera and a 12-speaker Sony sound system.
Optional on all models are roof side rails, multipanel rear sunroof and tow package. The new 2013 Ford Flex comes in nine exterior colors, including three new colors for 2013 model year: Ruby Red, Deep Impact Blue and Kodiak Brown. Customers also can choose from body-color roofs, or two-zone with white, gray or black available on the Appearance Package.
The new 2013 Ford Flex features SYNC with the new generation of MyFord Touch, making it easier to manage information, control features and adjust settings. MyFord Touch includes two 4.2-inch screens in the instrument cluster and an 8-inch screen in the center stack.
Every 2013 Ford Flex comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 285 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. This new Ti-VCT (Twin independent variable camshaft timing) engine is projected to deliver more fuel economy with 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. Front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control are standard. All-wheel drive is optional.
Optional on the 2013 Ford Flex Limited is the old turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine that produces 355 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. This engine is paired exclusively with a six-speed automatic with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters and all-wheel drive.
The new 2013 Ford Flex comes standard with stability control, ABS, traction control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, rear parking sensors, a blind-spot warning system, a second-row inflatable seatbelts and more.
The 2012 Ford Expedition is a truck-based (F150), full-size SUV that can carry up to eight people. It competes with GMC Acadia, Dodge Durango, Chevrolet Tahoe and Toyota Sequoia. The 2012 Ford Expedition is one of the most spacious vehicle on sale in U.S., even bigger when you decide on the EL version. The 2012 Expedition continues to carry the traditional SUV flag in a market place that’s being flooded with more and more car-based crossovers.
The 2012 Ford Expedition (MSRP range $38,355 – $50,425) is a full-size body-on-frame SUV available in two body lengths: regular and the EL, which adds 15 inches of overall length. Each is offered in four trim levels: base XL, midrange XLT, upscale Limited and top-of-the line King Ranch. Every Ford Expedition comes with standard seating for eight, except the regular length XL which comes standard with five.
The 2012 Expedition base XL comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels (18-inch on the EL), foglamps, a roof rack, automatic headlights, keyless entry, heated mirror, air-conditioning, cruise control, cloth upholstery, a six-way power driver seat, a 40/20/40-split second row seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player with rear audio controls. Upgrading to the XLT adds 18-inch alloy wheels to the regular body style, rear parking sensor, a trip computer, power-adjustable pedals, the voice-operated Sync system and an upgrade sound system with steering-wheel mounted controls. The Sport Appearance package adds to the XLT a body-colored grille and black interior trim.
The Limited trim level of 2012 Ford Expedition packs on 20-inch alloy wheels; front parking sensors; driver-side auto-dimming mirror; power-folding mirrors; a power liftgate; a rearview camera; dual-zone automatic climate control; leather upholstery; automatic wippers ; a premium sound-system with subwoofer. The King Ranch edition of Expedition sports features similar to the Limited while adding 20-inch painted alloy wheels, upgraded headlamps, upgraded leather upholstery and wood trim. Many amenities found on upper trim levels can be had as options on the less expensive models.
The 2012 Ford Expedition features an independent multilink rear suspension, which allows each rear wheel to react independently to road impacts to provide a smooth, controlled ride. Expedition also offers an available power liftgate. A push of the button on the key fob or inside the cabin conveniently opens or closes the liftgate, allowing easy loading and unloading. Cargo storage options for 2012 Expedition are enhanced by the clever solution enabled by the second- and third-row seats. The second-row seats are 40/20/40 split bench with standard CenterSlide feature that allows the center section to be moved forward almost 11 inches for easier access from the front-row seats. Third-row seats have an available PowerFold 60/40 split bench by which one or both seatbacks can be lowered flat to the floor with the touch of a button.
Regular-wheelbase models of the 2012 Ford Expedition offer 18.6 cubic feet behind the third row of seats and maximum of 108.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first row. Extended-wheelbase EL trims offer 42.6 cubic feet of space behind the third row of seats and a maximum 130.8 cubic feet behind the first row.
The standard powertrain for the 2012 Ford Expedition is a 5.4-liter V8 engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The 5.4-liter V8 engine delivers 310 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque and it is flex-fuel capable, meaning the engine can run on unleaded gasoline E85 ( up to 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline) or any mix of the two. With a wider gear ratio, Expedition’s six-speed automatic transmission has smaller steps between gears than a typical four-speed automatic, giving the customer improved shift quality, faster acceleration and improved fuel economy.
Standard safety features of 2012 Expedition include front-seat side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags, electronic stability system with anti-rollover technology and four-wheel-disc antilock brakes. A trailer-sway control feature is standard and works in conjuction with the electronic stability system to detect trailer movement and appli braking, as well as reduce engine torque to keep the vehicle in control.
Among full-size sport-utilities, the Ford Expedition stands apart with its superior driving comfort and utility package. Ford is right on target with its family adventure concept, and the Ford Expedition is one of the best vehicles for family vacation travel on the American road. It makes an excellent tow vehicle, smooth and stable, with tow capacities in the 9,000-pound range.
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Available as a four-door sedan or five-door hatchback the front-wheel drive Ford Focus is all-new for 2012. The Focus brand isn’t new to the U.S., but the 2012 model is the first Focus to be shared among the U.S., Europe and the rest of the world. The Ford Focus was popular and well-liked when it debuted in 2000, but over time the competition improved and the Focus lost its appeal. About twelve years later, Ford has revamped the Focus from the inside out to take on the competition. The all-new 2012 Ford Focus competes with Chevrolet Cruze, Mazda3, Hyundai Elantra and Honda Civic.
The new Ford Focus benefits from eye-catching styling and a sharply designed interior dressed up with high-quality materials. It also comes with a new four-cylinder engine that’s more fuel-efficient, and a suspension that delivers both above average handling and a refined ride.
The new 2012 Ford Focus is available in sedan and five-door hatchback body. There are four trim levels available: S (which is only offered as a sedan and start at $ 17,295 MSRP), SE (from $ 18,295), SEL (starting at $ 21,295) and Titanium ($22,995).
The S model of Ford Focus 2012 comes with 15-inch steel wheels, keyless entry, air conditioning, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, power locks and mirrors, power front windows and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player and auxiliary audio jack. The SE adds 16-inch steel wheels, rear power windows, front foglights, automatic headlights, a trip computer and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls. The hatchback gets a 60/40 split-folding seatback and a removable cargo cover.
The SEL model of Ford Focus adds one-touch up/down power windows, multicolor ambient lighting and most of the SE’s optional features. The Titanium model adds 17-inch alloy wheels, upgraded exterior and interior trim, sport-tuned suspension, keyless ignition/entry and a 10-speaker Sony audio system with satellite radio and HD radio.
Following an unprecedented global development program under the company’s One Ford strategy, the 2012 Focus is set to continue its successful tradition. Focus demonstrates how Ford can scale to meet the universal needs of worldwide customers, while fine-tuning to suit regional preferences.
In every world market where Focus competes, customers are looking for expressive design, meaningful technologies, responsive performance and exceptional fuel economy. Focus will set new standards for these comparatives and offer a class-leading range of standard and available content, enabled by its global scale.
said Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice president of Global Product Development.
The new 2012 Ford Focus is packed with more affordable technologies and features than Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla or even larger competitors such as Honda Accord or Toyota Camry. In addition, Focus offers high standards of quality and craftsmanship and class-leading fuel economy, and it takes driving dynamics to a new level.
Both Ford Focus body styles (sedan and hatchback) share a sporty character, marking the next evolution of Ford’s acclaimed kinetic design form language. With its striking front end, sleek profile, dramatic rising beltline and athletic stance, the new Focus signals the rewarding experience awaiting a driver. The Focus four-door has a drag coefficient as low as 0.297, compared to the current model’s 0.320. The slippery Focus shape and steeply raked windshield contribute to significantly reduced drag. Optimized aerodynamics help to reduce Focus wind noise at speed and contribute to improved fuel economy.
The dynamic quality of the exterior is reinforced by the distinctive design of the interior. Focus has a modern, cockpit-style interior, with a stylish center console. The most significant interior innovation is SYNC with MyFordTouch, which replaces many of the traditional vehicle buttons, knobs and gauges with clear, colorful LCD screens and five-way buttons. The screens can be personalized to display information relevant to each driver using a simple button click, voice command or touch screen tap.
The all-new 2012 Ford Focus has a all-new 2.0-liter gasoline direct-injection DOHC four-cylinder engine that combines high-pressure direct injection and twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) for enhanced performance and fuel efficiency. This engine produces 160 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of torque. Entry-level S and SE models get a five-speed manual transmission standard while a six-speed automatic transmission is standard on SEL and Titanium trim levels. Official EPA estimates for fuel economy of 2012 Focus a 26 mpg city/ 36 mpg highway with the manual transmission. The automatic has a 28/38 mpg estimate.
The new Ford Focus gets a long list of important safety features as standard equipment, including antilock brakes, stability control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and more.
Set to debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2011, the new 2013 Ford Flex features a restyled front fascia, new paint colors, new wheel choices and new dashboard and instrument cluster that incorporates the latest version of MyFord Touch.
The 2013 Ford Flex is equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that now develops 285 hp – versus 265 horsepower from 2012 Flex model. The 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine remains an option and is rated at 355 horsepower. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
Other updates of 2013 Ford Flex include new safety and driver-aid features such as adaptive cruise control, rear inflatable seatbelts, rain-sensing wipers and active park assist.
Ford already debuted the Fiesta ST concept at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, but the three-door European Fiesta is not available in the U.S. The five-door version of Fiesta ST for U.S. market is set to debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show (Nov. 16-27, 2011).
Just like the three-door concept from Frankfurt, the five-door Fiesta ST is powered by Ford’s new 1.6-liter EcoBoost inline four-cylinder that produces 180 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque.