• Dec 19, 2008
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]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      at least its nowhere near as boring as the current gen
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like a Mondeo and an Interceptor to me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like it.It looks strong .
      Let's see more.
      Especially the interior
      • 6 Years Ago
      That is one frickin huge trunk. I was hoping maybe more of a four door coupe thingie. Looks good nevertheless.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'd also like to vote for less of that Impala-esque ass-in-the-air rake that is so popular with domestic autos. Talk about tired. That's almost as much of a beating as the nonstop pop-up ads on the Autoweek website. Remind me to never go back there again.
        • 6 Years Ago
        And stop with the Fender vents. They're more tired than "Crank that Soulja Boy".
        • 6 Years Ago
        LOL!! OMG Polly Prissy Pants, I was thinking the same thing about those annoying pop up ads there as well. But I was lucky enough to get a survey, so I let them know over at Autoweek how awful there site is with the pop ups that I care nothing about.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i like that grill better then the big three bar grill, looks great!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Aside from the new grill and headlights, it looks pretty much like the old one. Seriously -- if you cover up the front with your fingers, wouldn't you think that's the back 3/4 of the current model? I'm not so sure about this thing now... :(
        • 6 Years Ago
        only if you're visually impaired.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Do you pay attention at all to the auto industry? Ford is already retooling plants to produce all the European models you are asking for but for some reason idiots like you keep clamoring for the European models as if Ford isn't going to bring them over. They are on the way so shut the hell up and find something else to bitch about.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You need to shut your stupid hole, doctor-jobu37-l-know-it-all-so-I-am-a-cyber-car-god.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh Ford....Goodnes Gracious.

      I will give them some credit that this is definitely much better than the current gen Taurus and far better looking then the last gen Taurus. Yes I do agree with Ford in being that this is what the Taurus should have looked like in the past, however I am afraid that this car will be no better than the same attempt of a redesigned Chevy Malibu. Both of these cars are most certainly the best models yet, however they just are not what you would call a knockout against foreign competitors. It's like they played it safe instead of being just a little daring, and not over doing it like the 96 Taurus. Don't get me wrong I don't think domestics are totally incapable of producing a knockout car. In fact it was the Ford Taurus that was america's best selling car up until 1996, so it is achievable. This "playing it safe" and being marginally better at some things, on par, or cloning is no way to stay competitive.
      Even though the car is supposed to observe the conservative look, in my opinion they should not have rounded the rear end like that because Saturn has already tired out that look, mostly with the Ion. They should have sharpened and flatten the rear like what the Malibu is using, or something similar to what the 98 Camry used, while using thin stretched tailights to match the thin stretched headlights. Of course only time will tell if this design will make the Taurus a popular car of choice.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Glad I'm not the only one. Except I think this would be what an Impala redesign should be...Maybe the spy pics don't do the Taurus justic, but from what I can see, I am a bit disappointed. I'll wait until the Detroit Auto Show to make final judgement though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      as groundbreaking as the original '86 Taurus was, the car eventually lapsed into a rent-a-car. i think this new-look car should be given a new name, maybe Galaxie?

      i think it looks a bit Impala like for some reason, but seems sleeker than the current one. i'm in the minority and think the current models look great-classy and expensive. this one might add sleek to those adjectives.

      so far so good.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I trunk sweeps downward and up like the INTERCEPTOR!!!!!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love how everyone dissects the car as it's sitting on base wheels in boring white with all the lines obscured by black jellybeans. When you see it on the floor at the Detroit Show wearing it's best duds, no one will be saying it's boring. Trust me on this one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As far as fit/finish and quality materials, I think they have shown recently (Flex/MKS/'10Stang) that they have turned the corner on interiors. All reviews of those vehicles have had very little, if any, negative comments about materials and fit.

      Hopefully we'll learn more next month or when the embargo is lifted and AB can tell us more about what they saw recently.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Taurus/Sable combo has ranked in the top two quality rankings for the past three years. (JD Powers) Placing first two years ago. The first year models did have a high rate of brake issues but since being fixed these cars have been reported to be bulletproof ever since. The Chicago plant has established a hard-earned reputation of high qaulity production which is very unlikely to deteriorate with the introduction of this model.

        The only negative one could put on this car is the fact that it is in an industry segment that by all accounts is a dead segment. The Impala still sells large numbers but with large fleet sales as well. The Avalon from Toyota has experienced such a sales decline that Toyota will no longer provide engineering monies for future Avalons. The next generation Avalon will just be a "stretched" Camry. Which in essence the current model is exactly that with unique front and rear fascias. Nissan has just brought out a new Maxima but if that hideous thing is their idea of an improvement it appears that writing on the wall is that they too will be pulling out of this segment in 3 to 4 years. The New Taurus will be competing with the new Buick and hopefully the eventual departure of the Asians will make this a profitable segment for both Ford and GM.
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