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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 time to say goodbye to the Ford Taurus, 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 all-new Explorer and Lincoln Aviator, 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 Sohu, 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.