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.
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).