2020 Ford Taurus Vignale Boasts 12.8-Inch Tablet Touchscreen In China

The Chengdu Auto Show, which runs from September 6-15, was used by Ford to showcase some of its novelties for the Chinese market.

Among them is the facelifted Taurus in range-topping Vignale guise. We’ve already covered the exterior of the big sedan in a previous post, so now we’ll focus on the interior as the U.S. automaker has released photos of the refreshed cabin.

As you can see, the revised dashboard is a far cry from the initial version launched in China in 2015. The biggest change is the addition of a 12.8-inch, tablet-style central touchscreen for the new SYNC+ infotainment system that takes over practically all of the center console’s room and almost eliminates the physical buttons of the previous model.

Also Read: Ford Ends U.S. Taurus Production, Retires The Iconic Nameplate

Actually, there are still a few buttons at the lower end, including a volume knob, rear defogger and three others whose functions we can’t identify from the pics. Apart from these, the tablet display has swallowed the climate control switches and pretty much all other essential vehicle functions.

The instrument panel has been updated as well and features two color displays — one inside the speedometer and a bigger one extending from the rev counter to the speedometer. Ford says the 2020 Taurus Vignale also gets a new 14-speaker B&O sound system which is said to set a new standard for mid- to high-end cars.

Elsewhere in the cabin, we can spot a more upscale leather upholstery, real wood trim, heated and ventilated seats (including at the back), a rear center console housing cup holders and controls for the climate and multimedia system, as well as illuminated Vignale tread plates.

The 2020 Taurus is powered by a 245 HP 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbo-four mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Vignale is priced from RMB 288,900 (approximately $40,600), but the base model starts at RMB 228,900 ($32,170).

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  • Jason Panamera

    Looks good on the outside.

  • charlotteharry57

    Yes, BUT, this one’s an enlarged Fusion and unrelated to our outgoing US Taurus. Our current Taurus is outdated with a too-small interior. Probably wouldn’t sell in numbers sufficient to justify it in the States.

  • Chris Van Der Merwe

    Its look out of place. Ford should design the interior to flow together with these large screens.

    • brn

      At least they don’t just tack it on, like everyone else is trending toward.

  • Nihar

    Wow…How time flies…The Taurus went from small economy beater car to Chinese Luxury car.

    • brn

      Small economy beater by today’s standards. It was never officially a small car, an economy car, or… Well, that last one is subjective.

  • Bo Hanan

    This looks like a long wheelbase Ford Fusion, which makes sense for China’s narrow streets.

    • emjayay

      Yeah, it’s definitely not related to the current US Taurus, but to the Fusion. The US Fusion is really the logical descendant of the original Taurus but the name got dropped and then put on a restyle of the 500 when it didn’t go over.

  • dumblikeyou2

    The Continental looks good in its Ford guise

  • THIS INTERIOR LOOKS MORE UPSCALE THAN THE EXTERIOR.

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    inspired by explorer but different interface

  • Willzyx

    They wouldn’t. It would be priced close to Audi A6 and would fail miserably. Taurus is a rental car in US, nothing more.

  • Ben

    With one hand automakers talk about limiting distractions and with the other enlarge existing distractions.

  • Karl

    Could this touchscreen dashboard be previewing the 2021 Ford 150 dash in terms of size?

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