Ford Taurus X
From Ford press: The 2008 Ford Taurus X is a full-size crossover that offers three rows of seating, a powerful 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 6-speed automatic transmission and a long list of standard safety equipment – including side curtain air bags and AdvanceTrac® electronic stability control.
Innovative convenience features on the Taurus X include one-touch, flip-and-fold second-row seating and an available power rear liftgate.
“The three-row Taurus X joins our crossover lineup as a great complement to the popular Ford Edge,” says Cisco Codina, Ford’s group vice president of North America Marketing, Sales and Service. “Like Edge, the new Taurus X delivers confident design, spirited performance and handling, and plenty of standard safety equipment. With Taurus X, customers get a roomy interior that is flexible, functional and comfortable – in all three rows.”
Taurus X is available in SEL, Eddie Bauer and Limited trims, and is built at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant. At the heart of the 2008 Taurus X is Ford’s 3.5-liter Duratec 35 V-6 engine that delivers 263 horsepower – an increase of nearly 30 percent over the previous engine. To manage the additional power and deliver sharper performance, the continuously variable transmission has been replaced with a 6-speed-automatic gearbox that was developed in tandem with the Duratec 35.
Taurus X’s available intelligent all-wheel-drive system, new for 2008, is less complex than the system it replaces and similar to the Ford Edge AWD system. It incorporates an active, on-demand electro-mechanical center coupler to allocate a precise amount of torque from front to rear, up to 100 percent to either axle. This system can also anticipate wheel slip before it happens. Under heavy acceleration, for example, the system will proactively allocate torque to the rear wheels before the front wheels begin to slip.