2017 Ford Taurus – The fourth generation of the Taurus was also the most successful one and since it was replaced by the fifth models sales started to drop considerably mostly because Ford released the updated Fusion which is a smaller and cheaper model that offers everything the Taurus does.
2017 Ford Taurus Release Date and Price
The last generation of the Taurus barely managed to move 80,000 units a year while the Fusion sold in more than 300,000 units which made Ford’s decision of discontinuing the model quite easy. However, they did release the 2017 Ford Taurus in mainland China, a car which uses a stretched platform of the Fusion and which has been co-developed with Ford Australia.
This might mean that the Falcon will actually be replaced by the Taurus which would be a good move considering that the cars are very similar in size. It still is unclear though if the new model of the Taurus will be released to the US market but considering that Ford is currently lacking a large family sedan our bet would go on the fact that Ford will bring the new Taurus to the US market. However, instead of building a new model it is quite safe to assume that the upcoming model will be either a slightly revised version of the Chinese model or the same car imported from China which would make it quite a bit cheaper than before. The price might start around $30,000 which would be in line with the other cars but thanks to the fact the car will be built in China, Ford should be able to offer quite a bit more kit than its competitors.
2017 Ford Taurus Design
The Chinese version of the 2017 Ford Taurus basically looks like a slightly longer Fusion with a more muscular body. The US version of the car, on the other hand, is expected to be quite a bit more different in order to compete with its more aggressively styled competitors. The front end is likely going to make use of a slimmer set of headlights, a more aggressive bumper, and Ford’s already well-known grille while in the back a dual exhaust system could be offered as standard across the range.
They released the Chinese model first because the Chinese market favors cars with a lot more room in the back. However, in order to make the car fit the US market better, we expect Ford to either modify the wheelbase or to keep it as it is and offer better front seats with slightly less room in the back which is favorable because many US customers are a lot more interested in the comfort in the front seats.
2017 Ford Taurus Specs
The previous model of the Taurus was using a large and rather inefficient V6 engine but the all new Chinese model is using either a turbocharged inline 4 with 245 horsepower or a larger 2.7 liter V6 with more than 300 horsepower. The upcoming US version of the 2017 Ford Taurus, on the other hand, is expected to use either a 2.3 liter inline 4 as standard or an optional 3.5 liter twin-turbocharged V6. Ford is likely to make this move because the Fusion is already using rather powerful engines and the more expensive and higher performance Taurus would have to be more powerful. The 3.5-liter engine might also be replaced by a Lincoln-designed 3 liter twin-turbo V6 with as much as 400 horsepower, an engine which would make the Taurus a great competitor for cars such as the BMW 540i or even the Mercedes E Class, two of the most expensive sedans out there. A 6-speed automatic is likely to be offered as standard but we hope that Ford’s upcoming 9 speed will also become available at a later date.