The well-known boxy crossover has been discontinued last year, after a full decade of production. Simply, it has never managed to make some spectacular sales numbers, as typical figures were always around 25.000 units per year. However, some sources suggest that the Blue Oval company could bring back this model just a few years after discontinuation. It looks like the new model could arrive already in the next year, as the 2021 Ford Flex. The same reports suggest that the company would stick to a familiar design approach, which means that we would see a boxy crossover in action once again.
2021 Ford Flex Design
The 2021 Ford Flex is just a rumor at the moment, so we can only speculate about its design. Despite the boxy look, the original model was nothing more than a typical crossover, which was based on a familiar D4 platform, just like the Explorer. This leads us to the conclusion that the new Flex would ride on a CD6 platform, which means several changes, including the RWD layout.
When it comes to the styling, we have no doubt that the new model would come with a recognizably-boxy layout, which ensures an impressive level of practicality and functionality. In terms of changes, the front end would suffer most and while we don’t expect the new model to follow the brand’s latest design language, we are pretty sure it will come with a lot of exclusive styling details. In terms of the size, we presume that the new model will be slightly bigger than the original. We count on a couple more inches in the wheelbase, probably around 120.
Of course, this will be the most interesting part of the new 2021 Ford Flex. Just like the original model, it would feature a very spacious cabin, thanks to a boxy shape. Such shape ensures plenty of headroom, while a long wheelbase ensures plenty of legroom in all three rows. Still, the most impressive part of the new model would be the cargo area. It’s not just about cubic feet. The boxy shape is highly beneficial and allows easy loads and unloads of all kinds of bulky objects.
Besides plenty of space, we expect that the new 2021 Ford Flex will also come with a modern and well-designed dashboard. We count on quality materials and attractive aesthetics. Furthermore, the list of standard features should be quite long as well.
2021 Ford Flex Engines
Another thing we should discuss is the powertrain lineup. Considering that the new model would probably ride on a new CD6 platform, we presume it would use the newer-generation engines. Most likely, the engine lineup would be pretty similar to the new Explorer. In practice, this would mean that base models will feature a 2.3-liter turbo-four engine, which puts out around 300 horsepower. We presume that a new 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 would be reserved for higher trim levels. This engine puts out around 400 horsepower.
Of course, some form of electrification is always possible. In this case, we would probably see the same system as in the Explorer hybrid. That model is based on a 3.3-liter V6, which puts out around 318 horsepower.
All powertrain options would come in pair with Ford’s new 10-speed automatic transmission.
2021 Ford Flex Release Date and Price
The 2021 Ford Flex is just a rumor at the moment, so don’t take reports too seriously, even though they suggest the comeback already for the next year. Even if this comeback is in plans, it probably won’t happen that soon. We presume that, if it comes back, base models would go around 35.000 dollars.