NEW FOR 2012:

– Roof rack side rails available with Vista Roof
– Rear windshield wiper is now centrally mounted
– SEL and Limited add standard single-CD/MP3 stereo
– Exterior colours: Ginger Ale Metallic, Ebony Black, Dark Blue Pearl, Cinnamon Metallic and Mineral Grey Metallic added

For 2012, changes to the Ford Flex are minor. Roof rails can now be ordered with the Vista Roof, the rear wiper moves to the middle of the glass, and the SEL and Limited revert to a single-CD stereo from a six-CD version.

The Flex is available with a 3.5-litre Duratec V6 engine, or with a 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 with twin turbochargers and direct injection. Both use a six-speed automatic transmission.

The SE, SEL and Limited use the 3.5-litre V6; the SEL and Limited can be optioned to the EcoBoost. The Titanium uses the EcoBoost only. The SE, SEL and Limited come in front-wheel drive, while the SEL and Limited can be optioned with all-wheel drive. The Limited with EcoBoost and the Titanium are all-wheel drive only.

Features on the SE include 18-inch painted alloy wheels, air conditioning, body-colour door handles, fog lamps, automatic headlamps, black power mirrors, CD/MP3 stereo, six-way driver and two-way passenger manually-adjusted seats, fold-flat front passenger seat, second-row 60/40 split bench seat, third-row fold-into-floor 50/50 bench seat, MyKey, auxiliary rear climate control, tire pressure monitoring system, auto-dimming rearview mirror, power locks with keyless entry, floor mats, front-row centre console, second- and third-row reading lights, message centre with trip computer, outside temperature display, compass, overhead console, auto up/down driver’s window, tilt steering column, privacy glass, cruise control, reverse sensing system, SecuriCode invisible keypad, speed-sensitive intermittent wipers, and two-speed rear wiper.

The SEL adds 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, chrome beltline moulding, chrome door handles, body-colour heated mirrors, Sirius satellite radio, ten-way driver and six-way passenger power-adjustable heated seats, and garage door opener.

The Limited models add 19-inch alloy wheels, automatic xenon headlamps, chrome heated mirrors with puddle lamps, LED taillights, satin aluminum liftgate appliqué, upgraded Sony CD/MP3 stereo, SYNC, colour-keyed wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel, ambient lighting, perforated leather front and second-row seats, vinyl third-row seat, second-row footrests, 110-volt power outlet, power-adjustable pedals, and power liftgate.

The Titanium adds 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, dual exhaust with chrome tips, electric power-assist steering, block heater, charcoal grey leather seats with grey Alcantara suede inserts, circle-check appliqué interior inserts, front illuminated scuff plates, perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel, metallic trim accents, voice-activated navigation system with DVD/CD/MP3 player and rearview camera, exterior black beltline, black-chrome liftgate appliqué, body-colour door handles, fog lamps and headlamps with black bezels, metallic-painted mirror caps, Tuxedo Black Metallic roof and unique black-chrome grille.

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