2016 Ford Taurus Will Be Quicker, Lighter


  • 2014 Ford Taurus Picture

    2014 Ford Taurus Picture

    The 2016 Ford Taurus will look totally different when the redesigned car hits dealer lots next year. | March 18, 2014

Just the Facts:
  • Ford's redesigned 2016 Taurus will be lighter, faster and more fuel efficient when it goes on sale in the third quarter of 2015, Edmunds has learned.
  • The 2016 Taurus will share a front-drive vehicle platform with the Ford Fusion.
  • The platform will be lengthened and widened to create the new Taurus.

DETROIT — Ford's redesigned 2016 Taurus will be lighter, faster and more fuel efficient when it goes on sale in the third quarter of 2015, Edmunds has learned.

The car's weight is expected to be reduced and a nine-speed automatic transmission will be offered as part of an effort to improve the big car's fuel economy and performance, an industry source with knowledge of the redesign told Edmunds. Additionally, the redesigned Taurus will share a front-drive vehicle platform with the Ford Fusion. The current Taurus was developed on a modified Volvo platform.

"The problem with today's Taurus is that it is overweight and even the high performance SHO is not really competitive," said the source, who asked not to be identified. "With all the power from the (365-horsepower) V6 EcoBoost, it is pretty hard to overcome the amount of mass that the SHO has to move."

The Taurus SHO "actually weighs about as much as the stretched Audi A8 L. Of course, Audi uses an extensive amount of aluminum, but it is a much bigger car," he said.

The 2014 Audi A8 L equipped with a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine weighs 4,464 pounds, just 9 pounds more than the smaller 2014 Taurus SHO.

"Ford's big focus will be on light-weighting," he said.

The Fusion platform will be stretched to create the 2016 Taurus. The wheelbase will be extended and the rear overhang will be lengthened. Additionally, the Fusion platform will be widened.

It is not known what the fuel economy target is for the 2016 Taurus. The 2014 Ford Taurus with a 3.5-liter V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission returns 19 mpg in city driving and 29 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.

General Motors uses a similar strategy for its larger cars. GM's Epsilon front-drive platform is shared by the Buick Regal, Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Malibu, and the big Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac XTS sedans. The Epsilon platform's dimensions have been modified for each model.

The current-generation Taurus was developed on a modified Volvo platform that Ford introduced on the 2005 Ford Five Hundred and Mercury Montego. Ford Motor Company owned Volvo at that time. Volvo used aluminum components for portions of the structure to reduce weight, while Ford used less expensive but heavier steel. The nameplates were later changed to Taurus and Sable, respectively.

The Taurus competes with the Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Impala, Dodge Charger, Hyundai Azera and Nissan Maxima.

Edmunds says: Taurus' platform is old and heavy, a candidate for fresh new start.

Comments

  • lions208487 lions208487 Posts:

    You know Ford is going to employee at least two Eco-Boost engines, just hope it's their newest 2.3 liter that will be a part of the Mustang lineup. Would also like to see an 8 spd available. The SHO should ditch the 3.5 liter and go with a DI/ VVT version of the 5.0 V8. Not that the 3.5 liter isn't a nice power-train, but for the most part forced induction doesn't always exceed real world fuel economy in comparison.

  • ccc213 ccc213 Posts:

    Really hoping for a roomier interior like the Ford 500 or 2008/2009 Taurus had and better visibility as the former had too. I just purchased a Explorer even though I would prefer a sedan because the Taurus had such horrible visibility for shorter people. The availability of adjustable pedals helps but the higher dash or lower seats and narrow windows from top to bottom is awful, not to mention the interior feeling cramped like it is closing in on you. Does not feel like a full size car on the inside in any way. Hoping, hoping for that to be much better in the redesign. If it is I will try my best to trade for the new one.

  • ccc213 ccc213 Posts:

    One more thing to add about the current Taurus. That middle console is way to bulky and high. It needs to be lower as in the Explorer or the 08 and 09 Taurus was. That would give the car a much larger feel.

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