Ford Taurus X

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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.

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 minivans. 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 Truck of the Year award for 2005 (second behind Escape Hybrid).

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