Ford Taurus launched on the Chinese car market
Published on January 15, 2016 by W.E. Ning
The brand new 2016 Ford Taurus has been launched on the Chinese car market. Price starts at 248.800 yuan and ends at 348.800 yuan. The new Ford Taurus is especially developed for China and won’t be sold in the rest of the world, at least not initially.
The 2016 Ford Taurus stands on a new platform called ‘ABB’, it will be manufactured in China by the long-running Changan-Ford joint venture. It is the first time that Ford is using the Taurus name in China. Chinese name is Jinniuzuo (金牛座).
The Taurus will be positioned above the highly successful Ford Mondeo (Fusion), which is made in China by Changan-Ford as well.
There are two engines available: a 2.0 turbo four with 245hp and 350nm, and a 2.7 turbo V6 with 329hp and 475nm, and the latter is one of the most powerful engines ever used in a China-made car. Gearbox is a six-speed automatic. Later on a 180hp 1.5 turbo will joint the line-up, this engine will bring the price down to about 215.000 yuan.
Size: 4996/1878/1503, and wheelbase is 2949.
The photos show the top-spec Taurus Titanium, fitted with brown leather and wood inlays in the dash and doors.
The eight inch touch screen is just big enough for 2016 but the addition of a Sony CD-player is a surprise. China has completely gone iPod, smartphone and tablet, and nobody is playing CD’s anymore. I wouldn’t even know where to buy one here in Beijing if I wanted one. There aren’t any shops selling CD’s anymore. But for those who still have CD’s, the Ford Taurus can play them. Button design a bit messy, some round, some oval, some piano black, some matte black, some white, and it is all topped off by a shiny silver controller. Wuzzy.
Dials are half digital and half analogue, graphics are razor sharp.
The gear selector, a big knob with a piano black top.
The rear is luxurious with loads of space and more black leather and wood, but no entertainment system.
The arm rest is flooded with buttons, which again are of various sorts and kinds. The seats can be adjusted in every direction. Dual zone aircon.
The exterior is absolutely beautiful, especially from 3/4 behind. Sleek D-pillar morphs into shoulder and then into the short rear end. Small spoiler in the bootlid, lights connected by a chrome strip, and large square shaped exhaust pipes.
The front is not as strong as the back. Lights don’t match very well with grille and chrome pieces in the bumper are plain ugly.
The 2.0 turbo.
This ass is only for China; the new 2016 Ford Taurus.