2018 Ford Taurus – The Taurus is Ford’s full-size offering which has been around since the mid-’80s. The car changed tremendously throughout the years to become one of the best-selling models in its class. Unfortunately, this is no longer true for the current model. This is mostly because the car is based on an ancient platform and it can’t really compete with the likes of the Maxima or the Cadenza. The interior space is minimal as well which is a real drawback, especially considering the massive size of the car. Not that long ago Ford announced that the current Taurus will actually be discontinued.
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2018 Ford Taurus Price and Rumors
Because of that rumors about a replacement which would be released with the 2018 Ford Taurus started to surface. Also, it is worth mentioning that it still is unclear if Ford will also discontinue the Police Interceptor version of the car. We believe that Ford is actually going to keep making that model, especially since it sells quite well. However, the civilian version of the Taurus should be replaced. Because of the rather low volume of sales, it seems that Ford may actually go and import the car from China. How? Well, a while back Ford released a car called the Taurus specifically for the Chinese market. This is based on the same CD4 platform as the Fusion and it is quite a bit more interesting than the current model. If Ford is going to do this then expect a higher price tag for the Taurus which would get closer to $30,000 to $33,000.
If they will go through with this plan then the 2018 Ford Taurus should end up being pretty much identical to the Chinese version. There are going to be color and trim level differences but the base model will be the same. In the front, instead of the massive amounts of chrome used on the Chinese model, the US Taurus should receive blacked out accents, at least for part of its models. The rear, on the other hand, should be carried over mostly unchanged. In terms of size, the Chinese model is more than 8 inches shorter, 2 inches narrower while having roughly the same height. However, it has a 3 inches longer wheelbase which should translate in considerably more room for the rear seats. Also, thanks to a more compact engine packaging, there should be just as much room for the front passengers as in the current model.
2018 Ford Taurus Interior
We are quite sure that the 2018 Ford Taurus will get the interior from the Chinese model. This is actually more upmarket than the one on the US model, it features better materials and has at least the same amount of equipment. The 2018 US Taurus could get a few upgrades over it such as a better standard infotainment system, nicer front seats which would be more similar to those on the Lincoln Continental.
The Chinese version of the car gets either a 2-liter turbocharged four or a larger 2.7 liter twin-turbo V6. Both of them can provide over 240 horsepower with the V6 offering over 300 horsepower. The US model of the Taurus is likely going to be different. The base engine might be a larger 2.3 liter EcoBoost with closer to 280 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. Further up the range, instead of the small 2.7 liter V6, we may see a 3-liter twin-turbo mill with as much as 400 horsepower. Front wheel drive should be offered only on the most basic model while Ford’s new 9-speed automatic should be offered as standard. The changes are likely going to be eventually carried over to the Chinese market as well.
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