GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado – Car shoppers who want a 2016 Ford Flex will have to exercise a little patience. The 2016 model will not roll into Ford dealerships until January, and for some smaller dealerships, maybe February, Ford told Edmunds.
Generally by mid-September, automakers have announced all upcoming models for the new model year and production has started.
Official details and photos of the 2016 Flex have not been released by Ford.
Craig Patterson, Ford utilities marketing manager, told Edmunds: “There is a 2016 Flex. We will start building them in December.”
Dealers will receive order information around the first week of November.
Flex is assembled at Ford’s Oakville, Ontario plant, the same plant that produces the redesigned Ford Edge, the European version of the Edge and the Lincoln MKX. The 2016 Edge was launched earlier this year, followed by the MKX.
The factory was retooled for the new models and is ramping up production of the redesigned crossover SUVs.
Patterson noted: “The only time to fit the Flex in was at the end of the calendar year.”
The 2016 Flex, which competes with the Chevrolet Traverse, Mazda CX-9 and Toyota Highlander, will receive only minor cosmetic changes.
An appearance package will be offered that includes a restyled interior, wheels and grille elements. A rearview camera will be standard and Ford’s Sync 3 will be optional, Patterson said.
Several new colors are planned, as well.
Pricing has not been announced.
Edmunds says: The 2016 Ford Flex is essentially the same vehicle as the 2015 model, so Flex shoppers really don’t have to hold off on their showroom visits until next year.