Ford has officially revealed the new version of the Chinese-market Taurus, which underwent its scheduled mid-life facelift. Unlike North America’s model that was axed earlier this year and was based on the outdated D3 platform, China’s Taurus is built on a stretched version of the Fusion’s CD4 architecture.
The facelifted Ford Taurus was first seen a couple of months ago, revealing the subtle design changes that aim to make the company’s big sedan look more modern and attractive. The new bodywork also made it a tad longer and wider over its predecessor, but the wheelbase remains the same as before.
Starting at the front, the new Taurus gets a redesigned hexagonal front grille, which now features chrome-plated elements, new headlights with elongated LED turn signals that also act as DRLs and operate with that impressive ‘flowing’ effect.
The biggest change in the rear is the set of new LED taillights that are now connected via a chrome trim and give the new Ford Taurus a unique lighting signature. Customers will also get to choose between new wheel designs that match the updated looks.
For the first time in China, the new Ford Taurus will be available in the top-of-the-line Vignale trim; exterior differences include a model-specific front grille, extra chromework, a black-painted roof, and two-tone exclusive 19-inch alloy wheels.
Ford hasn’t shown the interior of the new Taurus yet so we don’t know yet what kind of changes were made inside. The same goes for the engine range, with the facelifted model to be most likely offered with a pair of 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol units with up to 245hp.
The new Ford Taurus will be manufactured by the Changan-Ford joint venture, with sales set to begin later this year.