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2009 Ford Flex at the New York Auto Show

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With the demise of the Freestar minivan, Ford unveils their new Flex Crossover minivan-replacement to members of the media at the New York auto show. In the near future, Ford plans to market a Lincoln version of the new Flex.

The 2009 Flex's cachet is that it has as much interior volume as a minivan, has three rows of seats but looks nothing like a minivan. Motivating the Flex is Ford's 260 hp 3.5L V6 mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. An intellignet AWD will be an optional as will be interior refrigerator, second-row footrests, Ford Sync in-car communications and entertainment system, a 2,300-song personal juke box and a Multi-Panel Vista Roof.

The Flex seems poised to create a path that is sure to be followed by other crossovers in the future.

The Flex arrives on the heels of GM's trio of non-minivan family vehicles (Saturn Outlook, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave), Mazda's CX-9 and Chrysler's all-new Caravan and Town & Country.

Ford plans on selling upwards of 100,000 units after it goes on sale in the summer of 2008.