Generally, cars get bigger and heavier as they get older. That's why it looks so ridiculous when you park a classic Mini next to a modern version. The same can be said of the Corvette, the BMW 3 Series, Porsche 911 and, of course, the Ford Taurus. In the Taurus' case, though, that size has become a liability, particularly because the big brute isn't nearly as sizable on the inside as it is on the out.

For 2016, Ford is aiming to rectify that. According to Edmunds, the 2016 Taurus will ride on a stretched and widened Ford Fusion platform. Ford is expecting this move to go a long way in trimming the Taurus' ample body fat.

"The problem with today's Taurus is that it is overweight and even the high performance SHO is not really competitive," said a source that spoke to Edmunds on condition of anonymity. The 365-horsepower SHO variant, "actually weighs about as much as the stretched Audi A8 L. Of course, Audi uses an extensive amount of aluminum, but it is a much bigger car."

It's unclear just how much fat Ford is expecting to extract from the Taurus, but for comparison, the aforementioned SHO tips the scales at 4,455 pounds, while a front-drive Fusion with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost is just 3,526. That gives Ford a lot of wiggle room. "Ford's big focus will be on light-weighting," the source told Edmunds.

Besides the diet, Ford is also planning to fit its biggest car with a new nine-speed automatic, in a bid to improve on fuel economy, according to Edmunds' source. It's unclear which engines will be featured, although we'd bet our bottom dollar that the 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder currently serving in the Taurus will be retained. Outside of that, though, it's anyone's guess. The 2.3-liter EcoBoost from the new Mustang might make an adequate replacement to the naturally aspirated V6 while the EcoBoosted engine from the SHO will likely carry on.

What are your thoughts on this? Should Ford be pushing the weight savings in a car that is so darn big and what should be the target weight? Would an all turbo lineup for the Taurus make sense? Let us know in Comments.


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      Brian
      • 9 Months Ago
      Am I the only one that prefers this design over the Fusion?
        john96xlt
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Brian
        Maybe. I like my 2012 but if it were destroyed tomorrow, I'd probably look at a new MKZ as well as another Taurus to replace it. A Fusion, at this current time, would not be on the list. Now, if my '95 Taurus was destroyed tomorrow, I might replace it with a used 1st gen V-6 Fusion SEL. Always liked those, and with the 6-speed auto and 3.0 Duratec, they're pretty adequate for performance and they're about the same size as the '95 so I believe one would fill that void nicely. The SEL trim would probably provide almost as many features as my '12 Taurus SEL does.
        b.rn
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Brian
        I cross shopped the Fusion and the Taurus. Loved both cars. The Taurus gave me more for my money (street prices, not list prices).
      GR
      • 9 Months Ago
      If Ford can use aluminum in the new F150, why not the Taurus? I personally like the Taurus, but agree that it's cramped inside which is surprising given it's a large car on the outside. Sadly, I think many consumers took notice and I've seen more of these new Taurus' as police cars than private vehicles.
        That Guy
        • 9 Months Ago
        @GR
        Because aluminum is a waste of time, especially if Ford is doing it. All you'd have is a bunch of Taurus' with dented bodies and the paint flaking off
          That Guy
          • 9 Months Ago
          @That Guy
          There have been NUMEROUS examples of the paint flaking off and the aluminum corroding on the newer Mustangs. Do some research. But be careful, you won't like what you see being such a blind cheerleader.
          john96xlt
          • 9 Months Ago
          @That Guy
          LOVE that part "especially if Ford is doing it". So, if it were GM, it'd be great! LMFAO! You're SO PATHETIC with your lame criticisms of aluminum. Name me a currently produced car with aluminum body panels that is a) known for flaking paint or b) known for being easily dented. You can't, because there isn't one, because aluminum has been used for DECADES with none of the drawbacks you and your dad thought up about it upon reading Ford's announcement. Now, go back to calling it a "tin" can.
          ss1591
          • 9 Months Ago
          @That Guy
          I have been in the aftermarket automotive paint business for 27 years and have yet to see any flaking paint on ANY aluminum cars! I sold to a 1000 body shops and new car dealerships so if there was flaking paint I would know. The newer Mustang only used aluminum on the hood and I have never seen a single issue and I also owned a 2006 and a 2007 Mustang so stop making up BS!
        john96xlt
        • 9 Months Ago
        @GR
        Economies of scale. Compare how many F-150s Ford sells to how many full size cars (Taurus or Crown Vic) over the past decade or so. It's a lot easier to justify spending big development money and procuring exotic materials for a vehicle that sells as well as the F-150. I'm sure, though, that if Ford's goal was to significantly lighten the Taurus, aluminum is on the table. I doubt very seriously that it'll be used as extensively as it will be in the 2015 F-150.
      Alexander
      • 9 Months Ago
      4000#. Just over 10% reduction.
        b.rn
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Alexander
        The article is misleading. The 2.0L Taurus is currently 3964lbs.
      Dump
      • 9 Months Ago
      So, whats going to happen to the Explorer and Flex?
      Thor
      • 9 Months Ago
      Pedantry time. The C1 Corvette - Wheelbase 102 in (2,591 mm)[2] Length 177.2 in (4,501 mm) (MY1959) [3] Width 72.8 in (1,849 mm) Height 52.4 in (1,331 mm) The C7 Corvette Wheelbase 106.7 in (2,710 mm) Length 176.9 in (4,493 mm) Width 73.9 in (1,877 mm) Height 48.6 in (1,234 mm) They're practically the same size.
      Ken Wiegand
      • 8 Months Ago
      I'm in my late 60's, have a need for speed and like the muscle sedan. I own a 2013 Taurus Limited and love it -- just enough umph to get me into serious trouble. What Ford proposes sounds interesting. I would suggest that they maintain as much interior room as possible (especially width of seats) and trunk room; deploy white noise for a quieter cabin; beef up the SHO version for some real muscle (Hennessy performance in all?) and for the sake of everyone who appreciates the drive quality of AWD, keep it! To satisfy a need for speed, produce a fire breathing Mustang between the Cobra and 5.0 that will get the attention of an Z51 LT3 Stingray.
      fanglemeister
      • 9 Months Ago
      I would rather that Ford sold an Aussie Falcon here in the States like everyone else. Problem is, that dead horse has been beaten to death many times over: upper brass says it was too expensive to convert the Falcon to LHD. That being said, I really do think Ford is committing a major error, selling the Taurus down under rather than a 4-door based off Mustang. Wouldn't you love to know who those people were in Ford's focus groups, who said they wouldn't buy a RWD 4-door based off the Mustang chassis? Idiots.
        john96xlt
        • 8 Months Ago
        @fanglemeister
        You, and the others, like the IDEA of the Aussie Falcon, but if it were for sale next to the Taurus, the Taurus would outsell it. We always want what we can't get.
      john m
      • 9 Months Ago
      WOW!!! I didn't realize the current one tops out at 4455 lbs!!! I've never came across a car that was so big yet had so little front room! I'm glad to hear Ford is going to address these issues. The car should stay large but shouldn't weigh more than 3800 - 4000 lbs fully loaded. The 9 speed will help performance and efficiency a lot! It should also be an all turbo line up with the base engine being the 2.0t or 2.3t, the mid engine being the nano 2.7t and the top engine being a redone 3.5tt. I hope the new one looks way more cohesive on the exterior and more roomy on the inside. If this is going to be a 2016 then it's probably in the testing phase by now or at least starting the testing phase.
      That Guy
      • 9 Months Ago
      Hopefully it won't be as mediocre as the current one. Lackluster gas mileage, heavy as a house, the SHOW (as Ford calls it) version is a joke, interior packaging is horrid. Visibility is horrendous, etc. The current car has the same appeal as a pile of vomit
        john96xlt
        • 9 Months Ago
        @That Guy
        Even if your last statement were true, it'd still have more appeal then your posts. More usable content, too.
          That Guy
          • 9 Months Ago
          @john96xlt
          Why does the truth bother you do much?
          Karfreek
          • 9 Months Ago
          @john96xlt
          Making 60 payments on a rolling testiment to your bad automotive judgement will make one edgy...
      AcidTonic
      • 9 Months Ago
      But I thought the Taurus SHO was why Ford wouldn't need to build an AWD performance car? Their idea of AWD performance is 4500lbs with open differentials and a TT V6..... Their front driver 2.0 Fusion weighs 3500lbs with 2 wheel drive. For reference a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo weighs 3500 with AWD and 2 electronic differentials. No wonder Ford keeps saying AWD is extra weight..... their 2 wheel drive cars already weigh so much that it's like they are carrying around an invisible AWD system. Perhaps they've finally figured it out?
        carguy1701
        • 9 Months Ago
        @AcidTonic
        >SHO >performance vehicle I want what you are smoking. Also, the Lancer Evo is a good bit smaller than the Taurus and uses more aluminum. Dimbulb.
          john96xlt
          • 9 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          You're both stupid for your asinine positions. The Taurus SHO was pretty quick when it came out, faster than a V-8 Audi, and it was/is a great alternative to other large performance sedans. It's easy to live with, comfortable, gets reasonable mileage, and is quick enough for the people who it appeals to. Yes, it's dated now and isn't up to snuff with newer competition, but that happens to all cars eventually. It was NEVER supposed to be a friggin Evo competitor, no more so than a Shelby Cobra is intended as an Aventador competitor. Two completely different vehicles, and to try to draw similarities is idiotic. To suggest such is absurd, but I suppose not really out of line with the typical BS Acid Tonic spews.
          john96xlt
          • 9 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          They got Carl Edwards, a NASCAR driver, to drive it in that ad (on a NASCAR track), not Ken Block the Ford Rally racer on a Rally course, which would have more appealed to the EVO crowd if that's what they were going for.. Seriously, dude, if you don't know what you're talking about, STFU.
          carguy1701
          • 9 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          Says you, John. Front-biased AWD is useless for fun, and quite honestly, after driving cars like the CTS-V and FR-S, there's no reason to go back to FWD.
          NightFlight
          • 9 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          @ carguy1701 I just went to upvote you and you went from +4 to -1 in less than two minutes. Aaron, you are such a tool.
          AcidTonic
          • 9 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          Except Ford puts a racecar driver in it and runs it around a race track while saying it actually is a performance car.... Have you ever seen Ford's market strategy for the SHO? They pushed it as a big track car a year or two ago.
          carguy1701
          • 9 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          >Front-biased AWD systems make the car more usable in poor weather People still believe this? In the rain, don't floor it. In the winter, put on snow tires and exercise gentle throttle control. It's not a hard concept. That said, I'll grant that the rest of your post makes sense.
      thenewrick
      • 9 Months Ago
      Anything would make this better. Taurus have always seemed to me to be the biggest ugliest and crappiest cars. Maybe make it an AWD competitor to the Chevy SS?
        Anthony Lee
        • 9 Months Ago
        @thenewrick
        This is Ford's answer to the Chevy SS downunder.http://www.fpv.com.au/gt_showroom/gt?gclid=CNam9dann70CFVcHvAodLa0Agg&mkw=335+gt&pmt=b
      thedriveatfive
      • 9 Months Ago
      They should make a fusion SHO instead, same engine, simmiler drivetrain. Less bulk and weight. Win
        Chris
        • 9 Months Ago
        @thedriveatfive
        I agree. The Fusion is also a much sportier looking car, and is just begging for a SHO variant of its own. The current Taurus has never really done anything for me.
        me
        • 9 Months Ago
        @thedriveatfive
        Amen
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