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Ford Taurus X
08 Ford Taurus X Limited
Manufacturer Ford Motor Company
Also called Ford Freestyle
Production 2005–2009
Assembly Chicago Assembly
(Chicago, Illinois, United States)
Predecessor Ford Taurus wagon
Successor Ford Flex
Class full-size CUV
Body style(s) 5-door CUV
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Related Ford Flex
Ford Taurus
Ford Five Hundred
Mercury Sable

The Ford Taurus X was a 6- or 7-passenger full-size crossover SUV that was produced by Ford Motor Company in the United States. It 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. The Taurus X ended production on February 27, 2009, as it was slotted between the Flex (with which it competed directly) and the upcoming fifth generation Explorer starting 2011 sales year. It was 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.

2005–2007Edit

Ford Freestyle
Ford Freestyle 2 -- 02-22-2010
Manufacturer Ford Motor Company
Production 2005–2007
Successor Ford Taurus X
Engine(s) 3.0 L Duratec 30 V6
Transmission(s) ZF CVT
Wheelbase 112.9 in (2,868 mm)
Length 2005–06: 199.8 in (5,075 mm)[1]
2007: 200.1 in (5,083 mm)[2]
Width 2005–06: 74.4 in (1,890 mm)[1]
2007: 74.9 in (1,902 mm)[2]
Height 2005–06: 68.2 in (1,732 mm)[1]
2007: 68.25 in (1,734 mm)[2]
Fuel capacity 19 US gal (72 L/16 imp gal)[1][2]

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 were significantly different. The Freestyle had three rows of seats with seating for seven, like many large SUVs (e.g. Ford Explorer, Ford Expedition) and minivans. The Freestyle featured what Ford describes as "command seating," seating with a higher H-point, to increase driver visibility and ease of entry and exit. Power came from a 3.0 L (181 cu in) Duratec V6, with an output of 203 hp (151 kW) at 5750 rpm.[2]

The Freestyle, along with the Five Hundred, Mercury Montego, and the Ford Escape Hybrid, were the first American Ford vehicles to use a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Five Hundred and Montego used a belt type CVT, while the Escape Hybrid used a CVT transaxle that utilized a planetary gearset controlled by the electric generator, similar to the Toyota Prius. All Freestyles were equipped with the CVT, but only all-wheel drive (AWD) Five Hundred and Montego models used the CVT (FWD versions used an Aisin F21++ six speed automatic). 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 Truck of the Year award for 2005 (second behind Escape Hybrid).

Models:

SE: Offered only for one year (2006-2007) and not proven to be popular other than for use in rental fleets nationwide, it included basic features such as an A/M-F/M stereo with single-disc CD/MP3 player and four speakers, keyless entry, and steel wheels with hubcaps.

SEL: Offered from 2005-2007, the SEL model had the features of the SE plus the option of leather seating, rear DVD, and an A/M-F/M stereo with a six-disc CD/MP3 changer and seven premium Audiophile speakers. It also offered optional 2nd-row captain's chairs and a standard 3rd-row bench. It also had 17" tires with alloy wheels. The option of two-tone exterior paint was offered.

Limited: Offered from 2005-2007, the Limited model had all the features of the SEL plus standard leather seating, seven speakers, and standard 2nd-row captain's chairs. It also offered monotone paint.

2008–2009Edit

Ford Taurus X
2008-Ford-Taurus-X-SEL
Manufacturer Ford Motor Company
Production 2008–2009
Predecessor Ford Freestyle
Engine(s) 3.5 L Duratec 35 V6
Transmission(s) 6-speed 6F automatic
Wheelbase 112.9 in (2,868 mm)[3]
Length 200.3 in (5,088 mm)[3]
Width 74.9 in (1,902 mm)[3]
Height 67.4 in (1,712 mm)[3]
Curb weight FWD: 4,033 lb (1,829 kg)
AWD: 4,203 lb (1,906 kg)[3]
Fuel capacity 19 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 resembled that of its former sibling, the Ford Edge, creating a family face for its crossover segment. The Taurus X made the use of Ford's new corporate grille, featuring three horizontal, chrome bars with center mounted blue oval. At the time, the Taurus X also offered an Eddie Bauer trim-line, similar to that of the Ford Explorer. The vehicle, like its predecessor, features three rows of seats with seating for seven, like many large SUVs.

The Taurus X used the Ford D3 platform and an updated powertrain, which included the discontinuation of the CVT transmission previously used by the Freestyle, as well as the 3.0 L V6 in favor of the newly developed six-speed 6F automatic as well as the all-new 3.5 L Duratec 35 V6 which put out 263 hp (196 kW) at 6250 rpm.[3] The vehicle also received new power options, including power-folding second-row seats and a power lift gate.

As of 2011, the Ford Explorer has replaced the Freestyle as a midsized crossover SUV. It is based on the updated Ford Taurus platform that moved it to a full-sized 4-door sedan. Unfortunately, the EcoBoost engine seen in the Taurus SHO is not offered in the Explorer. However, a Police Interceptor CUV is offered in place of the Ford Explorer Police Interceptor, following the Ford Taurus Police Interceptor that uses the EcoBoost engine. Both vehicles feature the updated 3.5L V6 engine that has 305 horsepower plus a six-speed automatic transmission and 4X2 or 4X4 options. It also offers the EcoBoost 2.0L I4 engine, which is not offered on the Base (Explorer) model.

Models:

SEL: The SEL was the base model Ford Taurus X offered for a year (2008-2009). It had cloth seating, optional Ford SYNC, Bluetooth, and alloy wheels.

Eddie Bauer Edition: Following the other SUV's in Ford's lineup, the EB Edition included two-tone unique leather seating, standard Ford SYNC, and standard Pueblo Gold Metallic two-tone exterior paint. It was only offered for 2008.

Limited: Serving as the top-of-the-line Ford Taurus X, the Limited offered all the features of the EB Edition plus chrome-plated alloy wheels and monotone paint. It had 18" tires and wheels.

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

Yearly American salesEdit

Calendar Year Total American sales
2004 8,509
2005 76,739
2006[4] 58,602
2007 Freestyle:23,765 Taurus X:18,345
2008[5] 23,112
2009[6] 6,106


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