Although we were privy to a sneak-peek of the 2010 Ford Taurus ahead of its unveiling, we fear that frowning burly men in limo-tinted black Expeditions will appear in our driveways if we disclose anything. Thus, we present you with the next best thing: Spy shots.

Espionage artists have captured our best look yet at the coming large sedan, courtesy of this be-larvaed test mule that was caught wandering in Detroit's fresh snow. With the light clusters and grille exposed and most of the camouflage removed, it's easier to see that the 2010 Taurus has a lower stance compared to the current high-riding iteration. A thick beltline remains, but the greenhouse is notably shallower than on the current car and the roofline appears less rounded, leading to the conclusion that this Taurus has all-new sheet metal. Up front, the chiseled front end displays a more assertive face thanks to swept back headlamp clusters and a dimpled riff on Ford's trademark three-bar grille, and a small D-shaped fender vent displays the sedan's upscale intentions.

Word is that the Taurus will retain the current model's D3 platform, but expect a brace of new technology underhood and in the cabin as the Blue Oval looks to reclaim some of the Taurus' lost luster when it debuts, likely at the Detroit Auto Show.

[Source: Autoweek]