In April 2015, the new Taurus was unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show. Ford then announced that the car would be sold only in the Chinese market is a bit like a strange choice. Says the US market has no more room for such a car. However, it seems that this is simply not true. In fact, there are some indications and strong rumors suggesting that the 2017 Ford Taurus could also hit the US market. This would be a little different from the Chinese model, however, and the car would come with some changes. The interesting part is that the car can not be built-in the US instead, it would be in China and export to the US market almost complete. This should get the finishing touches, but most of the work will be done in China’s premises. By doing this, the cost of production could be lower than if it were built-in the United States. The price is still unknown at this point, and there is no word on the models that are available here.
Exterior and Interior
The 2017 model retains a number of indications from the current Taurus design including the voluminous dimensions. In general, the new Volvo will adopt a lighter platform that goes by the name of CD4 as opposed to the heavier stands on the D4 platform of the current model. The grille has a unique SHO Taurus Ford flanked by HID headlights. The front bumper is integrated with a band of daytime running lights, a standard that we have seen in other Ford models. In the rear fairing, 2017 Ford Taurus backlight and chrome bar that connects the LEDs. The vehicle will also feature a sports spoiler-mounted deck and a dual exhaust system with a chrome finish point.
Once inside the cabin, we will be attracted by the new large LCD screen. Both seats and the instrument panel are covered with fine sewn leather. The seats are also color-coded while the front seats are electric remote and adjusted. The front seats can also support a lumbar massage function. There is also a new selector rotary selector switch has replaced the vertical speed in the current model. The new steering wheel has pallet changes that will be useful during sports driving adventures. Other features include 4G LTE mobile connectivity, heated front and rear seats and ventilated, air conditioning dual zone integration of Smartphone and tablet, Sony audio system a rear view camera, traffic alert and wireless charging technology. The 2017 Ford Taurus will also feature a series of driving assistants and a full line of airbags to improve passenger safety.
Unlike the old model, it is expected that 2017 Ford Taurus rumored for the US to get all the turbocharged engines, and we know that Ford has a very powerful line of EcoBoost. The basic model should get a 2.0-liter unit offering as much as 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, and must be delivered as a front-wheel drive only. A front or all-wheel drive version, should get a 2.3 liter EcoBoost bigger with as much as 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. Both are probably standard with a new nine-speed automatic, and both must use a similar amount of fuel with the biggest and most powerful to lose some points here the version. A rumor of the high-performance version of the Taurus rival cars like the BMW 4 Series or the Audi A5, and are equipped with an impressive engine. This should use a twin 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 EcoBoost with a maximum of 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. It is assumed that a different automatic transmission from this engine is used. In addition, the car can receive the same AWD system as the Focus RS when equipped with the V6. This system achieves most of the torque to the rear wheels for a more dynamic experience. Another rumor that we could hear about the 2017 Ford Taurus is that the increased production of 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 could be offered and that could come with more than 400 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. Take this with a pinch of salt, as there is no official confirmation about it.
Release and Price
Production in China will begin before the end of the year with subsequent sales in the first half of 2016. The US model will be launched before the end of the year with sales likely to start in the second half of 2016. Starting price MSRP for the 2017 Ford Taurus base model will be about $ 35,000, although the carmaker has not yet unveiled the official details.