According to a report by Car and Driver, Lincoln will be getting its own version of the 2009 Ford Flex Crossover as a 2010 model year. Ford’s CEO, Alan Mulally, confirmed the report made by Automotive News back in August 2007 to the press at an event in Dearborn.
The Ford Flex is a 7-passenger SUV that will take place of the minivan in Ford’s lineup and will be built at the Oakville, Ontario, assembly plant. Ford expects to produce 20,000 units.
Initial speculation was that Mercury would be getting a variant of the Flex, but Ford now wants to keep a strong emphasis on Lincoln, which is expected to overtake Mercury in sales. Mulally told Car and Driver that Mercury is doing well, but the focus needs to be on Lincoln.
The 2009 Ford Flex is powered by a 3.5 liter V6 engine that produces 260 horsepower and 245 lb.-ft. of torque.
Source: Car and Driver
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