Ford Taurus Get A Slight Changes For 2017 And New SHO Version

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The history of the appearance of the full-size sedan Ford Taurus has already six generations. However, outside the US car is known only a little. Being created by Americans for Afmericans, Taurus in the late eighties gained fame of a fuel-efficient, comfortable and proper size vehicle for every day. Today, product developers adhere to a similar philosophy.

No Major Changes In Design

The sixth generation entered the market in 2011, and already in 2013, it underwent restyling. During the renovation, the designers revised the proportions of the hexagon of the radiator grille, changed the architecture of the bumpers. The rear lights were replaced by LED lights, the head optics began to look even more aggressive.

To give a comfortable sedan sportiness notes, the stern was lifted visually and the bonnet was equipped with a brutal relief. The hot version of SHO, placed on 20-inch alloy wheels (standard wheels – 19 inches) looks out of place against this background. A distinctive feature of the modification was a small spoiler on the trunk lid and a black radiator grille.

For 2017 model year the car hasn’t receive any radical changes in the appearance.

A Few New Strokes

Inside, there is also a little change, although the company claims that no detail of the interior remains untouched. Taurus acquired an improved SYNC multimedia with an 8-inch touchscreen display on the front console.

Thanks to this decision, we managed to abandon the mass of buttons, visually unloading the center console. In addition, there is also an increased functionality of the system, which supports all popular reading formats, works on Bluetooth and knows about ten thousand voice commands. In the event of an accident, the computer gives a distress signal.

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Among other novelties of the interior, there is a different steering wheel with heating and MyFord Touch control buttons, a revised instrument panel. Henceforth, Taurus boasts keyless access to the car and the launch of the engine with a button.

In addition, the driver and front passenger can have optional multi-circuit seats with massage function, as well as heating and cooling modes. The prerogative of the buyer of the SHO version is the carbon decor and aluminum pedals.

Turbocharge It

Despite the acquisition of a more massive exterior by the sedan, the model remained technically the same.

The main engine remains V-shaped “six” Ti-VCT of Duratec family in the displacement of 3.5 liters. The engine has become more powerful, and now its output is 294 hp, instead of the old 267 horsepower. At the same time, Ford actively promotes the turbocharged EcoBoost units. In their line while two motors: 3.5 and 2.0. The first – V6 twin turbo – produces 370 hp and 350 ft lb, this “heart” goes to high-performance SHO version by default, along with AWD.

But for the “ordinary” Taurus two-liter version of the symbiosis of turbocharging and direct injection is offered. EcoBoost 2.0 produces 240 hp, and its maximum torque is 249 ft lb. According to the company, with this e, gine the sedan automatically becomes the most fuel-efficient in the class. All engines have cylinder blocks and cylinder head from aluminum alloy.

Recalibration

Suspension settings are made in the direction to make the ride smoother. To the sedan is not scolded for excessive grossness, restyling touched the calibration of springs and shock absorbers. To improve the handling is also working updated steering. EPAS electro-hydraulic system with variable operation is used (if there is no need for amplification, the pump switches off, saving fuel).

The steering rack of the updated version is fixed rigidly to the sub-frame, and the gear ratio has been changed to suit the increased severity. Another “chip” for the maneuverability of a rather large car is in the control system of the torque vector.

It analyzes whether the driver did not go too fast in the turn and whether it is fraught with the demolition of the trajectory. When confirming a dangerous situation, the system brakes the wheel, rolling on the inside diameter, thereby increasing the chassis’s steering. In extreme cases, micro-braking with all four wheels is used with a deceleration of up to 10 mph per second.

2017 Ford Taurus 2.0L EcoBoost
Drivetrain
Engine type DOHC 16V I4, direct fuel injection, turbocharged
Displacement 2.0L
Power/torque 240 HP; 270 lb-ft
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 112.0 in
Length 202.9 in
Height 60.7 in
Passenger volume 102 cu ft
Cargo volume 20 cu ft
Performance
0-60 7.4 sec
Top speed 111 mph
PRICE RANGE: $28,000-$42,000 (est)
Competitors: Chrysler 300, Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Impala

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Comments
  • IonU

    I want the god dam SHO power train in an SE model.

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Summary

The new Taurus is expected to be made with the same attention to details as Ford Fusion. It will probably share with it design concept and some of the engines.

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