The Ford Taurus, a sedan for the North American market, was discontinued as part of the Blue Oval’s plan to discontinue sales of the sedan model in North America, although the nameplate will continue to be used in the Middle East on the rebadged sedan today, the Mondeo from China.

Ford has revealed preliminary details of the D-Class sedan that is undergoing durability testing in the Middle East to ensure the model can withstand the heat, dust and sand common to vehicles in the region.

When the China-market Mondeo was revealed in a government filing, it showed several versions of the exterior; here, the Taurus uses a simpler version of the front fascia, without the vertical trim that extends from the lower entrance of the front bumper .

On the sides and rear, the Taurus features metallic-looking bright accents on its side sills and lower rear bumper. Elsewhere, the Taurus also comes with a panoramic sunroof and three-size alloy wheel options, including the two-tone machined design pictured here.

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Under the skin, the Ford Taurus packs a 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbocharged inline-four gasoline engine that produces 234 hp and 376 Nm of torque in Mondeo applications, or the same output as the Evos crossover. This will be transmitted to the drive wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Inside, the Taurus revealed a new interior design direction for non-truck Ford models, featuring a dual widescreen display layout. By contrast, truck-based models like the Ranger and Everest pair a longitudinal infotainment unit with a digital driver’s gauge on an upright dash, while crossovers like the EcoSport and Puma feature a floating tablet design on a more sloping dash .

The Taurus’ interior consists of an 8-inch driver’s digital instrument cluster, while the infotainment system is provided by a 13.2-inch center screen compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; mobile devices can also benefit from the Taurus’ wireless charging. In terms of active safety, equipment here includes adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation and blind-spot intervention.

Ford said the Middle East got a new Taurus due to demand for sedans, which grew 527% year over year in the mid-size sedan category in the United Arab Emirates last year, while sales of the model were up 73% in Saudi Arabia, 125% in Kuwait, and 125% in Oman. Up 63%, Bahrain up 42%.