|Manufacturer||Ford Motor Company|
|Engine||3.5 L Duratec 35 V6|
|Transmission||6-speed 6F automatic|
|Wheelbase||112.9 in (2,868 mm)|
|Length||200.3 in (5,088 mm)|
|Width||74.9 in (1,902 mm)|
|Height||67.4 in (1,712 mm)|
|Curb weight||FWD: 4,033 lb (1,829 kg)
AWD: 4,203 lb (1,906 kg)
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 Taurus X featured a grill with 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.
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. 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. For the 2011 and 2012 model years, the EcoBoost engine seen in the Taurus SHO was not offered in the Explorer, but for the 2013 model year, it is offered in a model called the Explorer Sport. Also, 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.
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.
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