2016 Ford Taurus Redesign, Spy Shots and Review

The 2016 Ford Taurus has been spied while undergoing test in China. The test mule wore heavy camouflage all over its body, almost leaving no hints about how the exterior design is like. With the use of new platform, the 2016 Taurus is expected to have lighter weight and better fuel-economy, of course it will be faster than the previous model.

2016 Ford Taurus Spy Shots

Thanks to Chinese website Auto Sohu, here are the first spyshots of a cammo-wrapped prototype, giving us a basic insight of what we can expect in the future. By the looks of it, the next gen Taurus will look more like an oversized Fusion/Mondeo, sporting the familiar Aston Martin-esque grille found throughout the range.

It will sit on a larger derivative of the Ford CD4 platform that also underpins the mid-size Mondeo. The new platform is lighter than the outgoing one, allowing Ford to keep the weight in check.

Exterior

2016 Ford Taurus will offer new features as a redesigned version. The car gets new fascia with more dynamic and sleek look. It also has recognizable hexagonal grille as an inevitable feature created by Ford Motor Company. The car is quite possible to resemble the 2015 Fusion more than our expectation. There is a big expectation that the body comes in sportier look with sculpted design to give more modern look and to give a more dynamic style.

The Taurus is one of the roomiest sedans around, thanks to a vast interior and expansive trunk. It’s also one of the heaviest sedans around, thanks to a decade-old chassis based on a modified Volvo design. The current model weighs about 4,050 pounds (nearly 4,500 pounds if you count the high-performance SHO version) and outmasses competitors like the Chevrolet Impala and Kia Cadenza by between 200 and 300 pounds.

2016 Ford Taurus in Motion

Interior

Only base models will have cloth seats, while the rest of the lineup will benefit from a perforated leather upholstery and optional multicontour front seats with active motion. Color arrangements will be rather limited for the initial year, but these things will change in the near future. Heated and cooled front seats will also be standard throughout the most of the lineup and so will be the heated rear seats. Wood or metallic coated dashboard should keep its contemporary lines through the most part and 8-inch LCD touch screen display will yet again find its spot there. Sony will be responsible for audio system and its 12 speakers will give Taurus some of the best possible surround sound enjoyments. All advanced electronic safety features will be either standard or optional depending on a trim level. Adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors, collision warning and brake support are just a taste of these modern safety options.

2016 Ford Taurus Prototype Interior

Powertrain

The 2016 Taurus should carry over upgraded versions of current engine choices. Notably, look for the turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder offered in the new Mustang to migrate to the Taurus. A turbocharged V6 is also likely for the base model; currently, only the high-performance SHO trim level offers a turbo V6. To further boost fuel economy, the new Taurus will offer a nine-speed transmission. The current V6 model returns 23 mpg combined (19 city/29 highway).

2016 Ford Taurus Prototype Rear View

2016 Ford Taurus Release Date and Price

Sales date of the 2016 Ford Taurus is expected to begin in fall 2015 according to Edmunds. We still haven’t heard anything from the automaker about its pricing. Another source said that the estimated pricing will start at $27,000 for base model. More information should be available as the development progresses, stay tuned!

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