Report: 2016 Ford Taurus to be based on the Fusion

Maserati isn’t shy about sharing the same platform among many of their cars, so why should Ford be? The current Fusion uses Ford’s modular CD3 platform, which has been in evolved since its birth in the early 80s. Like GM’s 350 V8, the age of the basic design is all that remains in the current version, and the latest version more than serves its purpose. Likely improvements over the old Taurus will likely include a significant weight reduction.

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The current Taurus SHO weighs 4,450 lbs, which is not an insignificant figure, given the car’s proclivity to gain speed quickly. Power will go through the 9-speed auto that Ford worked with GM on and it is likely that the car will get a range of 4 and 6 cylinder turbocharged engines, though these plans have not officially come to light yet. Though the Taurus is a significant jump over the ‘Crown Vic, which it sort of replaces and the Five Hundred, it still feels like driving a well built, large, cave; hopefully the jump over to the smaller (but likely extended) platform will lighten the mood a bit.

-By: Sawyer Sutton

Source: AutoNation