Apparently the union building the Ford Flex has spilled the beans on the model’s demise, triggered by the automaker’s desire to focus on the Edge and Lincoln MKX sport utility vehicles.
The quirky yet fashionable Flex seven-seat crossover SUV will be axed when the decade ends, if we are to believe information provided by the Canadian auto workers union Unifor. This comes amid negotiations between the company and the union to “secure its Canadian manufacturing footprint and reinforce the economic pattern established with General Motors.” Unifor has also confirmed the Flex will be retired come 2020. Deliveries for the model have increased 13.1 percent in the first nine months of this year, but the model’s overall appeal has been steadily declining over the past years.
Instead, Ford will devote its attention to the smaller Edge and Lincoln MKX SUVs, which should get a refresh in the coming years to keep them relevant and will move to form a core part of the company’s crossover family. It’s still an unknown the fate of the Lincoln MKT, which is based on the same architecture used inside the Ford Flex. Introduced back in 2009, the Flex has been made available in six or seven seat configurations, with an unconventional design and powerful powertrains.