A new Ford Taurus has debuted ahead of the Shanghai Auto Show, and although the model shown was specific to the Chinese market, it signals a clear design departure for the nameplate going forward.
The full-size sedan receives a new five-bar trapezoidal grille as well as narrow headlamps with DRLs and LED projector lamps. Strong character lines extend from the very front to back of the vehicle, giving it a more premium look. Finishing off the look are 10-spoke, 19-inch wheels and LED taillights connected by a chrome bar.
Here’s something interesting: our current U.S.-spec 2015 Taurus has a 112.9-inch wheelbase, but this new Taurus has a wheelbase of 116.1 inches. This extra 3 inches could contribute to increased rear legroom, something we think the older models certainly could have used.
What we do know is Ford is trying to make more use of its interior space. Ford touts that the new Taurus has 25 storage cubbies across the cabin as well as cupholders designed for different sized bottles. Other features include leather upholstery and power-reclining rear seats with optional lumbar and massage support. Fold down the center armrest and you’ll notice controls for AC and entertainment media. We don’t expect all of these opulent features to be offered in the U.S., however.
For China, the Taurus receives the 2.7-liter twin-turbo Ecoboost V-6 engine. We’re not sure how much power it will produce, but Ford calls it a “high-output” engine and it produces 315 horsepower in our 2015 Edge. The Edge and Taurus share a common platform.
We’ll have to wait and see which powertrains the Taurus will receive in the U.S. Although a new model hasn’t been confirmed for our market yet, we believe there’s a very good chance it’s heading our way too, considering we spotted a camouflaged prototype out testing on the streets of Detroit just a few days ago. Not surprisingly, that model looks a lot like the Taurus that debuted in Shanghai.