Ford is planning to launch its seventh generation of Ford Taurus as a 2016 year model. The current model has received criticism owing to its immense weight, so, people expect a great reduction in term of its weight. Also, a major redesigning will take place in its exterior which will be in accordance with modern design trends. Indeed, the 2016 Ford Taurus will appear as a completely new vehicle, with improved style, comfort and performance.
2016 FORD TAURUS: REDESIGN
While the current model is also well built, it would be difficult for this model to withstand competition among the modern cars. The manufacturers of 2016 Ford Taurus have realized this aspect, and they have taken action. Ford Taurus next generation will be built on a new platform known as CD4, which comprises vast use of aluminum. Apart from this new platform being lightweight, it also provides more strength. This model will be wider and longer that its predecessor. Again, its wheel base will be stretched and its rear will overhang a little bit. Similarly, there will significant use of new materials in the new 2016 Ford Taurus; thus, it will have improved fuel economy. The current model was built on a Volvo platform, and it has been in use since then. Also, the manufacturers did not make any changes then in terms of building materials. They went for cheaper materials instead of light ones. Now, Ford is working on rectifying this mistake with its current model. In that case, it will use aluminum for purposes of fuel economy improvements. The current version weighs about 4455 pounds, but the upcoming machine will be lighter, and it will weigh about 3526 pounds.
2016 FORD TAURUS: EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR
In terms of its exterior, 2016 Ford Taurus will acquire a new fascia which will make this car look sleeker. It will retain its hexagonal grille which has been an inevitable feature in all Ford’s cars. Again, its body will be more of a sports car. Its interior will come with increased passenger space which is as a result of downsized trunk space. It will have a seating capacity of five people. 2016 Ford Taurus will also be available in three trim levels namely the SE, SEL and the SHO trim level. The base level is the Se which will come with 17 inch alloy wheel, keyless ignition, cruise regulator, automatic headlights, security code entry pad, tilt and telescopic steering column, a 60/40 split folding rear seat and guidance wheel audio controls among others. The SHO trim level is also predicted to be beautiful with a couple of new exterior designs.
2016 FORD TAURUS: ENGINE AND FUEL ECONOMY
2016 Ford Taurus will acquire a new engine line-up in addition to new transmission too. New innovative features are expected on this model in terms of its performance side. It is rumored that there will be a totally new transmission form Ford, a nine speed gearbox. This gearbox is expected to improve this machine’s fuel economy. It is still unclear which drivetrain this model will use. However, the current engine will still feature in this model. This engine is a 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinders. There is also a possibility of another engine, a 2.3 liter V6 Ecoboost which features in the new Mustang.
2016 Ford Taurus: Release Date, Price and Competitors
This new generation is expected to be lunched late in 2015. In terms of its price, Ford has not made this announcement yet since there is still more time to make other changes and improvements on this trim levels. However, there will be a different price for each trim level, starting from $26 000 to $40 000. The biggest competittors of new 2016 Ford Taurus on market will be: Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300.