Flexing Your Impression of Ford
by Joe LaMuraglia
I just finished up a ride-and-drive program for the new 2009 Ford Flex. While our driving impressions are under embargo until June 12th, I am able to show photos and discuss what really makes this vehicle so special, the design.
More after the photos:
Ford set out to re-create the family vehicle and from a design point of view, they’ve certainly done their homework. This vehicle is totally unique in a sea of “me too” crossover vehicles. The two-box shape and unique exterior design details give us a modern interpretation of the classic “woody” wagon. The availability of a contrasting roof color allows you to create your own color combination similar to MINI and the chrome treatment of the grill and tailgate further differentiate it from anything else on the road.
While the exterior gets your attention and makes the Flex easy to find in a parking lot,it is the interior that will please both your eyes and derrière’.
Visually, the instrument panel, center console and materials used are easily the best Ford has ever created. The interior themes were inspired by the fashion background of former clothing designer Anthony Prozzi, who we recently featured in headlights. The base seat fabric looks like it came from Brooks Brothers and the upgraded leather would look at home on the runways of Paris and Milan. And this from FORD!
Speaking of the seat fabric; those fashionable coverings surround some of the most generous and comfortable perches in autodom. It is one thing to look gorgeous but it is rare to have both eye and butt appeal in one package. Ford has figured it out.
Check back after June 12th to read the full review of our time with the Flex. In the meantime, enjoy the photos and check out www.fordflex.com to get more information