Ford's massive volume of concepts at SEMA reflects a serious push at the aftermarket sceneEnlarge Photo
More than a dozen aftermarket designers will display their unique, "tricked-out" interpretations of Ford's Flex crossover at next week's SEMA show in Las Vegas. The publicity event is being conducted to highlight the personalization options available with the Flex in regards to its interior and exterior appearance.
The designers who have customized the Flex include Michigan based Mobsteel, 3dCarbon, Catalyst Industrial Marking, Kal Koncepts, Air Syndicate Inc (who created a custom Flex in conjunction with Kal Koncepts), Galpin Auto Sports, Automobile Magazine, CGS Motorsports, Rick Bottom Designs, Hot Rod Magazine, Heavy Hitters Magazine and Motor Trend.
Ford Flex by Mobsteel
Adam Genei, owner of Mobsteel, says the Flex he created was designed to be a "dark, menacing-looking ride". The Mobsteel Flex has been all blacked out with a matte black roof, grille and 24-inch wheels. The interior is also completely black, from the headliner to the pillars to the seats. The vehicle also features a rear center-exiting exhaust and rear doors that open from the center out to the side.
Ernie Bunnell, owner of 3dCarbon, had something totally different in mind for his show car. His Flex reflects more European styling, with "a 10-piece body kit that makes the vehicle look sleek," he said. "To complete the look, we added 24-inch rims, a carbon fiber roof and a Katzkin leather interior."
Ford Flex by Catalyst
The Flex by Catalyst introduces an interesting new feature which they call LIIV™ (live), the first wireless internet entertainment system for the automobile, which enables passengers to enjoy web surfing, online games, e-mail, downloaded movies, music and more.
Motor Trend's take on the Flex was a little different from the other customizations, who concentrated on mainly aesthetic modifications. Motor Trend took a different route, with inspiration from the world of private jets for their Flex. While the Flex can usually seat seven passengers, inside the Motor Trend Flex there is a functional pilot's cockpit for the chauffeur and a luxurious private cabin for two, trimmed in leather and equipped with an information and entertainment system, bar, and humidor.