April 20, 2011
“We have significantly upgraded Ford’s flagship sedan through obsessive attention to detail,” said Mark Fields, Ford’s president of The Americas. “The new Taurus builds on the transformation we achieved in the 2010 model. Delivering so many upgrades so soon further underscores Ford’s leadership and commitment to delivering high-quality, fuel-efficient cars for our customers.”
Taurus will be the first car in Ford’s North American lineup to offer the 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine with turbocharger and gasoline direct injection. It will deliver an estimated 237 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque. The standard 3.5-litre V6 is project to deliver unsurpassed fuel efficiency among V6 competitions while producing an anticipated 290 horsepower. This is due to the addition of twin independent variable camshaft timing, or Ti-VCT, enabling increased fuel economy, 27 more horsepower, a reduction in part-throttle emissions and increased responsiveness. Both engines will use six-speed automatic transmissions that optimize gear selection for off-the-line power in lower gears while improving fuel economy with higher gears while cruising.
The Taurus will also make extensive use of recycled materials in cloth surfaces, headliner and in noise control components, including seat cushions made of a high concentration of soy foam. New technologies will include MyFord Touch, active park assist, a heated steering wheel, massaging seats, push-button start, automatic high-beam headlamps and rain-sensing wipers.