Ford has unveiled the 2013 Flex, which will have its official debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show this month. The SUV has a sleek new look and even more technology to make driving safer, easier and more fuel-efficient.

2013 Ford Flex has seven-seats, new generation of MyFord Touch, rear inflatable belts, collision-avoidance technologies, rain-sensing wipers, keyless entry, first-row heated and cooled seats, power-fold mirrors, an optional new Appearance Package and updated engine range.

The engine range includes a 3.5 liter Ti-VCT V6 petrol with 289PS (213 kW) and 345Nm (255 lb-ft) of torque, which has 20PS more than the previous version and is more fuel efficient. There is also a 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 with 360PS (265 kW) and 474Nm (350 lb-ft) of torque. Both power units are mated to a 6-speed SelectShift Automatic transmission, a sequential gearbox with paddle shifters on the steering wheel.

MyFord Touch includes two 4.2" screens in the instrument cluster and an 8" screen in the center stack. The feature pairs with the latest version of SYNC.

The base SYNC package includes:

•    Hands-free, voice-activated calling via a Bluetooth®-connected mobile phone or USB-connected digital music player •    911 AssistTM, the automated emergency calling service that is free for the life of the vehicle •    Vehicle Health Report, the on-demand diagnostic and maintenance information service •    Enhanced safety and driver-aid technology •    The new Flex is equipped with the automotive world's first production rear inflatable belts to offer improved comfort and protection for rear seat passengers. Last month, this safety innovation was named a Breakthrough Product Award winner by Popular Mechanics, part of the magazine's seventh annual Breakthrough Awards.

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Also new is an Appearance Package on Limited and SEL models that includes an available two-tone roof and mirrors, 20" machined aluminum wheels with painted pockets, leather seats, unique door trim panels and other interior upgrades for a truly distinctive, premium look and feel.

There are also nine exterior colors: Ruby Red, Deep Impact Blue and Kodiak Brown. Customers also can choose from body-color roofs, or two-tone with white, gray or black available on the Appearance Package.

2013 Ford Flex is built at Oakville Assembly Complex in Ontario, Canada.

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Source: Ford