2016 Ford Taurus Revealed for China
Preview of the upcoming U.S.-market sedan.
The seventh-generation Ford Taurus sedan debuting at the Shanghai auto show might be a Chinese-market car, but it still gives a good indication of what the new U.S.-market Taurus will look like. Given the company's "One Ford" policy to streamline its global lineup, this new large sedan isn't likely to change much before it makes its debut on our shores with updated styling, a new platform, and new engines to replace its aging predecessor.
As we saw before in spy shots, the 2016 Ford Taurus adopts many styling cues from its little brother, the Ford Fusion. A sharp new face with the corporate Ford grille and swept-back, narrow headlights leads into a sleeker, more streamlined profile that's strongly reminiscent of Ford's midsizer. This doesn't come as too much of a surprise, since the new Taurus adopts the Fusion's CD4 platform to replace the old car's aging D3 platform.
Since the Chinese market puts a priority on rear-seat accomodations, the 2016 Ford Taurus gets a significantly longer wheelbase—4 inches longer than both the outgoing Taurus and the existing Fusion—that makes for a significantly roomier back seat. The Taurus will even offer power-reclining rear seats with a massage function and separate climate controls in China, as this sedan attempts to appeal to business-class customers who will regularly be chauffeured. We don't expect this plush rear seat to make its way to our shores, and the U.S.-market 2016 Ford Taurus may even have a slightly shorter wheelbase when it debuts later this year.
As expected, the new Ford Taurus makes use of a turbocharged EcoBoost engine, in this case the 2.7-liter twin-turbo V-6 that debuted in the 2015 Ford F-150. That engine makes 325 hp and 375 lb-ft in its F-150 and Ford Edge applications, so expect similar numbers in the Taurus. Ford has not yet announced other engine options for the 2016 Taurus, but we'd expect a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder to be the standard engine, with a 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V-6 possible and a twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 possible if the high-performance Taurus SHO continues on for this generation. Like in the current Taurus, front- and all-wheel drive will be offered.
Stay tuned for more news on the 2016 Ford Taurus headed for our shores over the next few months; until then, check out the Chinese-market sedan in the gallery below.