The 2019 Ford Flex is going to be the last edition of this unique SUV. Many sources are pretty sure that from 2020 this model is not going to exist. We still don’t know if Ford is planning to replace it, though. However, the 2019 Flex will present the final update. No big changes are coming for the exterior. On the other hand, the cabin will see some modernization.
The 2019 Ford Flex will serve as the full-size crossover. However, its size and design are not so popular, especially since the Ford Expedition is the king in the class. With the discontinuation of the Flex, the company will make room for more functional models. They will probably replace the SUV with a vehicle that will be smaller than Expedition, and it could be between full- and mid-size classes.
2019 Ford Flex Engines and Specs
The 2019 Ford Flex won’t change things under the hood. A 3.5-liter remains the sole solution as the source of power. Nevertheless, two different tuning configurations are available.
For the base model, the drivetrain can deliver 290 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. A V-6 unit is proven as the reliable and durable partner. Front-wheel drive is standard, and buyers can opt for an all-wheel drive model for $1,500 more. Another reason for discontinuation could be the gas mileage since the Flax barely returns 18 mpg combined. Yes, it is a big crossover, but be honest, this is not a cost for some high output engine.
The latest Flex SUV has a special edition of the drivetrain. The 2019 Ford Flex could carry over a 3.5-liter turbo engine that produces 80 more horses. Also, twisting power gets another 100 pound-feet. An all-wheel drive is standard here, as well as the 6-speed automatic gearbox. Ford will offer a manual shifting mode. With extra packages, the 2019 Ford Flex will be able to tow up to 4,500 pounds.
2019 Ford Flex Possible Hybrid Appearance For the End
It is not sure, but it is certain that we won’t see this model after 2019 Ford Flex. So, why would engineers develop and install a hybrid unit in this crossover? Well, they can’t fail. Ford announced hybrid versions of its biggest SUVs – Expedition and luxurious Lincoln Navigator. The 2019 Ford Flex could be the Guinean pig. If the hybrid engine shows well on the outgoing crossover, it will be good for flagship models.
2019 Ford Flex Unique Styling
We will definitely miss the boxy appearance of the 2019 Ford Flex. It, and the special cabin were the highlights of unique design. Driver’s seat in the cabin was lower than we expect for SUV. However, the hood is not high as well, so the visibility is extraordinary. This was just one of the reasons why the Flex is one of the safest crossovers on the road. Three rows of seats and capacity for seven persons won’t be missed since Expedition offers the same configuration. The replacement could be a kind of a mid-size three-row SUV. Similar to Dodge Durango.
Features such as the Vista roof with the multi-panel layout is another highlight of the design. Front grille and Flex sign are unique in Ford. For example, we could see Land Rover Defender with similar styling solution.
Ford Flex Return
The 2019 Ford Flex might be the last model of the vehicle we know. In future, we believe that company will bring it back. Since there is a plan for hybridization and electrification for 2020s, the Flex could be one of the models to get a different drivetrain. Well, there is a possibility for the 2019 year model to get it, but the real deal will happen after 2020. At this moment, flagship cars, such as Mustang, F-150, and Expedition have the priority.