• Apr 9, 2008
Around 2 AM EST on Monday night, one of our readers sent us a tip about a photo making the rounds on two Taurus-specific forums. We followed both links and came across the spy shot you see above – now rumored to be the 2010 Ford Taurus. Big deal, right? It was, but not for the reasons you think. While we like spy pics as much as the next pistonhead, we have a policy against posting photos taken inside an automaker's design studio. Unlike the shots snapped by Frau Priddy and the crew at KGP, our legal department insists that anything taken on automaker property is illegal to distribute. So after the picture began circulating on several smaller sites, we held off on publishing it... until now. With sites like MotorTrend and InsideLine throwing caution to the wind, despite Ford's attempt to quell the photo's circulation, we feel compelled to bring it to you in all its grainy majesty – until FoMoCo's legal department starts pounding on our virtual door.

With that out of the way, all of us around the Autoblog offices are split about the design direction this one particular exercise (we're sure there's at least a dozen) is taking. The front end is far more dynamic than the current Taurus, with swept-back headlamps, a pointed fascia and the best application of the three-bar grille we've seen yet -- even if it does ape the last generation Lexus IS. The profile is handsome and distinctly Mondeo, a model that may, or may not, underpin the next Taurus. And if there's an SHO variant packing Ford's new turbocharged, EcoBoost V6, we're sure Mr. Neff will have his dirty little way with it when its officially uncloaked (possibly) in Detroit.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Easily the best looking Ford design in a number of years, though it does look a bit like a Lexus (or dare I say newer Hyundai models)

      With the current Taurus and Focus looking like their predecessors donned in bad jewelry, the Edge just getting old and more versions of the same old Mustang no longer creating much excitement, how can Ford wait until 2010?
      • 6 Years Ago
      If this is the new Taurus, what's going to happen to the Sable? Will Ford be cutting the Mercury brand after all?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yay, no 3 bar grill!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        No offense.. But um... Are you blind? Did you even read the article?
        • 6 Years Ago
        It does have 3 horizontal slats. But its not the big fat silver bars that the current ford cars have (which is ugly).
        • 6 Years Ago
        WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      ok, now next focus please.
      • 6 Years Ago
      there are taurus-specific forums? that's the news to me.
        • 6 Years Ago
        • 6 Years Ago
        HAHA yea, theres a Taurus forum for quite a while now. and im a member :D we nonSHO guys have to do something right?
        • 6 Years Ago
        • 6 Years Ago
        i spend a lot of time in my underwear but i dont visit forums about it.....
          • 6 Years Ago
          I hope not the same pair! LOL!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Very nice!!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        There are Honda Odyssey forums. If there is a make/model of car, there will be a forum full of fanboys for it. Makes for some pretty funny reading material though. I will say this about the Odyssey forum, it did save me hundreds of dollars when the wife took off the passenger door mirror. :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Taurus-specific forums. LOL

        What's next? Dodge Sprinter-specific forums?
        Oh wait... they exist too! :-D

        http://www.mysprintervan.com/
        • 6 Years Ago
        of course there are Taurus specific forums. While thei're rentals to some people, they're work cars for to many others. People who spend a lot of time in them...
        • 6 Years Ago
        My first thought too - "Wow, there are people who read forums about rental cars"
        • 6 Years Ago
        Don't tell John.
      • 6 Years Ago
      To JL Mealer, I'm not sure what your response has to do with this thread, but I have my reservations about your company. I visited your website, and found a good write-up about your company, but found nothing really to get too excited about-no vehicle illustrations, but a plea for investments. It looks too much like the Studebaker Motors Corporationand Carbon Motors websites from the past couple of years, just a lot of wishful thinking, but at least they had some illustrations. I respect your dreams, but just give us some assurance that this is the real thing, not some pie-int the- sky dream. come on, no one's really going to send money just to see what you are planning.
      • 6 Years Ago
      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
      • 6 Years Ago
      omg that is sexy, tinted sexy.
      Michael
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like the new logo on the grille . Thought we went over that same topic on april fools day .
      • 6 Years Ago
      I kinda see Interceptor concept in the window line. But I agree with Autoblog, the side profile is (FINALLY) kinetic design, and the front profile, though I would prefer a bigger low air intake, is MUCH improved. I hope this is something like the final product, and I hope it comes soon.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks nice. Kinda bummed it's RWD, ah well. Reminds me of the Hyundai Genesis for some reason up front.

      The cynic in me thinks Ford doesn't want you to see this pic because they'll end up making a blander car than the model pictured here.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd hit it... j/k

      I do like the way it looks. Just bring the Mondeo over here already!
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