2016 Ford Taurus Redesign, Price and Release Date

2016 Ford Taurus Redesign, Price and Date Release – In the late 1990s and early 2000s, sales of the Taurus declined as it lost market share to Japanese midsize sedans and as Ford shifted resources towards developing SUVs. It was discontinued in 2006, with production initially ending on October 27, 2006, and 2007 being the last model year. Ford had decided to replace the Taurus with the fullsize Five Hundred and midsize Fusion sedans, as well as replacing the Taurus wagon with the Freestyle crossover SUV. However, Ford revived the Taurus name during the 2007 Chicago Auto Show a few months later by renaming two new models that had been intended to be updated versions of the Five Hundred and the Freestyle, the “2008 Taurus” and “2008 Taurus X”, respectively.  A new model of fullsize Taurus was then released for the 2010 model year, and the 2013 mid-generational refresh (minor model update) was unveiled at the New York Auto Show with minor exterior changes and interior technology options.(wikipedia 2016 Ford Taurus Redesign, Price and Release Date

The Ford brand has spent several years focusing on vehicles that struck at the heart of segments once dominated by imports: crossovers and mid-sized sedans.

For the 2015 model year, Ford is returning to its roots with redesigned versions of two crucial home-market mainstays: the F-150, Ford’s best-selling and most profitable vehicle, and the Mustang pony car, the brand’s image standard-bearer. 2016 Ford Taurus Redesign, Price and Release Date

the 2016 Ford Taurus will go on sale sometime around the summer of 2015 and share pieces with its smaller brother, the Fusion.

That’s a significant departure from the platform it shares with the Ford Flex, Ford Explorer and Lincoln MKS right now. It dates back to the 2005 Ford Five Hundred. Which really dates back to the 1999 Volvo S80. So the Taurus has some of the oldest bones among new cars.

The other issue with the current Taurus is that it weighs a ton – two tons, actually, which is quite a lot even for a full-size front-wheel drive sedan. The Fusion is several hundred pounds lighter in most versions and not much shorter.

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2016 Ford Taurus Redesign

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. 2016 Ford Taurus Redesign, Price and Release Date

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. 2016 Ford Taurus Redesign, Price and Release Date

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2016 Ford Taurus Price and Release Date

2016 Ford Taurus will start selling in the fall of 2015, at a cost, which is similar price of the current model. Neither, the price for the 2016 Ford Taurus SHO,  should not be changed. Its sales will start a little later, at the end of 2015 or early 2016. Amount that should be allocated to the current model is $ 26.700 for Taurus and a $ 40,000 Taurus SHO. thanks for reading 2016 Ford Taurus Redesign, Price and Release Date