The Ford Flex has always stood out from other affordable midsize SUVs with its boxy exterior styling and spacious interior. Now, Ford is getting ready to unleash the redesigned 2013 Flex, which is set to debut next week at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

On the outside, the new Flex rounds out some of the current model’s boxy edges, but there’s more power under the hood as well. “The upgraded 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine provides 285 horsepower – an approximate 20 horsepower increase from the previous engine – and 255 lb.-ft. of torque,” Ford says in a press release. “The new Flex also is projected to deliver 1 mpg more fuel economy, with projected fuel economy of 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.”

Shoppers looking for more power can choose the optional EcoBoost engine, which carries over unchanged. Road & Track reports, “This engine adds direct injection and turbocharging to post 355 bhp and 350 lb.-ft. of torque.” Regardless of which engine you choose, the 2013 Flex will carry a six-speed automatic transmission.

Inside, the Flex gets a revised instrument cluster and steering wheel, as well as options such as a second-row refrigerated console and the latest generation of MyFord Touch with SYNC. Ford has not announced pricing or the release date for the 2013 Flex, but Edmunds reports that it will go on sale in the spring.

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