You may think it's not a relevant car to the Australian market, but some would have you believe the all-new Ford Taurus may one day be the underpinnings of the next-generation Ford Falcon.
Ford unveiled the new 2013 Taurus at the New York Autoshow today, showcasing the 2.0-litre four-cylinder ecoboost engine that will also be launched in the Falcon in the next few months.
The ecoboost engine in the Taurus delivers around 7.5L/100km on the highway in U.S. testing. Figures for the Falcon are yet to be released. If the same power and torque figures are kept from the Taurus, the Ford Falcon ecboboost will have 237 horsepower (177kW) and 250 lb.-ft. (339Nm) of torque.
The new Taurus is unlike any Ford we've seen before. It features a whole range of technologies more accustomed to European brands, these include adaptive cruise control, collision warning with brake support, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®), cross-traffic alert and the MyKey® system.
Apart from the standard 2.0-litre ecoboost, Ford will also offer a 3.5-litre V6 model with 216kW.
From the outside the new Taurus is one of the nicer cars in Ford's lineup, offering a blend between modern-age car design and American expressionism. The big grille is not overdone but the rear does remind you that it's designed for the North American market.
The interior is also surprising for Ford, with a load of features we would love to see in the Falcon. From soft-touch material and a generally upmarket feel for the whole cabin to some notable features including a heated steering wheel, Multicontour seats with Active Motion™ (massage), push-button start, auto high beams and a rear view camera wired up to an 8-inch screen.
If you want an XR6 Turbo replacement, what about the Ford Taurus SHO (pronounced as "show")? The 3.5-litre turbocharged V6 delivers an impressive 272 kW of power and 475 Nm of torque. If you're thinking that all that power couldn't possibly go through the front wheels you'd be right because the Taurus SHO is all-wheel drive! A variant we'd love to see in the Ford Australia lineup. Perhaps Ford might put this engine in the Falcon?
The turbocharged V6 is matched to a six-speed high- capacity 6F55 SelectShift Automatic™ transmission.
What do you think of the new Taurus? Would you buy one if it was called Falcon in Australia?