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Ford Taurus X
2008 Ford Taurus X Limited
Automotive industryFord Motor Company
Also calledFord Freestyle
Production2005-2009
AssemblyChicago Assembly
(Chicago, Illinois,USA)
SuccessorFord Explorer
Car classificationfull-size Crossover (automobile)
Car body style5-door Crossover (automobile)
Automobile layoutFront-engine design, Front-wheel drive / Four-wheel drive

The Ford Taurus X is a 6 to 7-passenger full-size Crossover SUV produced by Ford in the United States. This vehicle was originally introduced in 2005 as the Ford Freestyle, before being renamed Taurus X for the 2008 model year. In Ford's lineup, it replaced the Ford Taurus station wagon, and for 2007, it slotted between the Edge and the Explorer. It is sold in the United States and Canada, as well as South Korea and the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam.

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2005-2007


Ford Freestyle
Ford Freestyle SE
Automotive industryFord Motor Company
Production2005-2007
SuccessorFord Taurus X
Internal combustion engine3.0 L (2,967 cc, 181 cu in) Duratec 30 203 hp (151 kW) V6 [1]
Transmission (mechanics)Continuously variable transmission
Wheelbase112.9 in (2,868 mm)
Length2005-06: 199.8 in (5,075 mm)[2]
2007: 200.1 in (5,083 mm)[1]
Width2005-06: 74.4 in (1,890 mm)[2]
2007: 74.9 in (1,902 mm)[1]
Height2005-06: 68.2 in (1,732 mm)[2]
2007: 68.25 in (1,734 mm)[1]
Fuel capacity19 US gal (72 L; 16 imp gal)[2][1]

Initially going to be called the Ford CrossTrainer in development before adopting the Freestyle name as part of Ford's then-naming strategy of naming all cars with the letter F, the Freestyle was previewed at the 2003 Detroit Auto Show with a Freestyle Concept before entering production for the 2005 model year. The vehicle was assembled at Chicago Assembly.

The vehicle used the Ford D3 platform, which it shared with the Ford Five Hundred, Mercury Montego, and various Volvos including the XC90. Although it shared its platform with the XC90, the two vehicles are significantly different. The Freestyle has three rows of seats with seating for seven, like many large SUVs (e.g. Ford Explorer, Ford Expedition) and Minivan. The Freestyle features what Ford describes as "command seating," seating with a higher H-point, to increase driver visibility and ease of entry and exit.

The Freestyle, along with the Five Hundred and the Ford Escape Hybrid, were the first American Ford vehicles to use a Continuously variable transmission (CVT). To Ford's surprise, 55% of buyers selected the Haldex Traction-equipped All-wheel drive model rather than the expected 40%. However, initial Freestyle sales were below Ford's original projections, though sales were showing steady improvement. Some buyers selected the Freestyle as an alternative to the best selling Ford Explorer.

The Freestyle was nominated for the North American Car of the Year award for 2005 (second behind Escape Hybrid).

2008-2009


Ford Taurus X
2008 Ford Taurus X SEL
Automotive industryFord Motor Company
Production2008-2009
PredecessorFord Freestyle
SuccessorFord Explorer
Internal combustion engine3.5 L (213 cu in, 3496 cc) Duratec 35 263 hp (196 kW) V6[3]
Transmission (mechanics)6-speed 6F Automatic transmission
Wheelbase112.9 in (2,868 mm)[3]
Length200.3 in (5,088 mm)[3]
Width74.9 in (1,902 mm)[3]
Height67.4 in (1,712 mm)[3]
Curb weightFWD: 4,033 lb (1,829 kg)
AWD: 4,203 lb (1,906 kg)[3]
Fuel capacity19 US gal (72 L; 16 imp gal)[3]

This vehicle was initially unveiled at the 2007 Chicago Auto Show as a 2008 model, alongside its siblings the Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable, re-badged, restyled versions of the Ford Five Hundred and Mercury Montego.

Ford CEO Alan Mulally said that Ford's scheme to make all its cars names start with the letter F was a bad move, as it made Ford's new cars easily forgettable. As a result of this issue being addressed, the Ford Freestyle was renamed the Taurus X, the Ford Five Hundred was renamed the Ford Taurus, and the Mercury Montego was renamed the Mercury Sable.

The design of the Taurus X closely resembles that of its sibling, the Ford Edge, creating a family face for its crossover segment. The Taurus X wears Ford's new corporate grille, featuring three horizontal, chrome bars with center mounted blue oval. The Taurus X also receives a new Eddie Bauer trim-line, similar to that of a Ford Explorer. The vehicle, like its predecessor, features three rows of seats with seating for seven, like many large SUVs.

The Taurus X is based on the Ford D3 platform and the updated powertrain includes the discontinuation of the Continuously variable transmission previously used by the Freestyle, as well as the 3.0 L V6 in favor of the newly developed six-speed 6F Automatic transmission as well as the all-new 3.5 L Duratec 35 V6 engine. The vehicle also receives new power options, including power-folded seats and a power lift gate.

The Taurus X features what Ford describes as "command seating," seating with a higher H-point, to increase driver visibility and ease of entry and exit.

Ford has confirmed that the Taurus X will be discontinued after an abbreviated 2009 model year. The last day of production for the Taurus X will be February 27, 2009.[4] It is to be officially replaced by the Ford Explorer, itself morphing into a crossover for 2010.

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