The Ford Taurus Isn’t Dead Yet

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A new facelifted version of the Taurus will debut at Auto Shanghai next month.

After being in production for 34 years, it’s , as the last model rolled off the assembly line at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant last month. The family sedan has been killed off to allow Ford to focus on profit-making SUVs such as the and , which will be built at the same plant. It turns out the Taurus isn’t dead, however – at least not in China, where the nameplate lives on.

An all-new generation of the Chinese Taurus launched three years ago that looks distinctively different to the model sold Stateside. Just as the American Taurus ceases production, a mid-cycle facelift of the Chinese model will debut at the Shanghai Auto Show next month. The first photos have been posted by Chinese site , confirming the facelifted Taurus will have some minor styling updates.

The white car depicted in the photos is the premium Titanium grade, while the black one is the new range-topping Vignale variant introduced for the Chinese Taurus. At the front, the facelifted Taurus gets new headlights featuring chrome detailing around the lenses, a reshaped chrome grille, and a restyled bumper featuring fog lights and chrome trim at the lower end. The rear end features new LED taillights, a reshaped trunk lid, and a sportier bumper with black trim and wide horizontal tailpipes. Three alloy wheel designs will be available.

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Under the hood, China's updated Taurus will only be available with four-cylinder EcoBoost engines in two flavors: a 1.5-liter EcoBoost and a 2.0-liter EcoBoost producing 245 horsepower. The previously available 325-hp 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 twin-turbo unit, on the other hand, has been scrapped. Production will take place at the Hangzhou plant as part of the Changan-Ford joint venture.

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