2016 Ford Taurus Changes and Release date

2016 Ford Taurus will be enhanced significantly. Its redesign will include couple of major changes, such as new platform, better fuel economy, lighter body, and more power. Previous Taurus was made on a modified Volvo’s platform, which made some problems for American producer. This full-size sedan became too heavy for today’s market, which influenced its performance. Latest trends in automotive industry force car producers to make changes and reduce weight of its vehicle to be able t follow the numbers and rates regarding their power and fuel economy.

2016 Ford Taurus Front

 2016 Ford Taurus interior and exterior changes

New 2016 Ford Taurus platform is shared with Ford Fusion. It is a front-wheel drive architecture, which will be slightly stretched in order to fit the needs of seventh generation Taurus. Beside weight reduction, which is expected to be massive, new Taurus will also bring some design alterations. Its body lines will be sharper and overall appearance more aggressive. Ford will also modify front end of the vehicle, with newly-designed grill and reshaped headlights.

Interior of the 2016 Ford Taurus will feature both visual and tech improvements. Beside materials and some new features, this popular sedan will also feature upgraded infotainment system. Its trim levels will be carried over, so new Taurus will be available in four of them, just like its predecessor. Those trims include SE, SEL, Limited and SHO variants. It is impossible to give precise info about dash design and equipment list, since new version of Taurus is not released yet, nor there is any official data about it, but as soon as we get some info, we will inform you about it.

2016 Ford Taurus Interior

2016 Ford Taurus engine range

When it comes to performance of the 2016 Ford Taurus, it will be enhanced, mainly due to introduction of the new 9-speed automatic transmission. Beside transmission and platform switch, which will significantly influence the fuel economy, it is hard to assume what will be Ford’s choices for Taurus’s performance.

Current base engine 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder with 240 hp and a stout 270 lb-ft of torque could be carried over. Some sources did indicate that Ford may decide to replace it with Mustang’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, but there is still no official confirmation about this news.

Turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque will remain the Taurus SHO’s power unit. However, as we said couple of times before, fuel economy of the 2016 Ford Taurus will feature major boosts, due to transmission and platform change, but its performance will also be significantly enhanced with weight reduction.

2016 Ford Taurus Rear

2016 Ford Taurus rivals

There is couple of strong contenders in Taurus’s class. As its primary rivals we can name Chevrolet Impala and Toyota Avalon, while Dodge Charger, Buick Lacrosse and Hyundai Azera are also worth your attention.

2016 Ford Taurus price and release

American producer will release latest edition of its Taurus, for 2016 model year, late on next year. According to some reliable info, Ford plans to launch it during the fall, so we can expect it to emerge during September or October 2015. Price is not known yet, but we don’t expect some big increase. Its base price will probably stay around $30,000.

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