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The new 2016 Taurus, due out in late 2015, is keeping the good and improving the bad. It is keeping good qualities such as a powerful engine and large size while making the new models much lighter and efficient. It is being designed using the highly successful Fusion as a model. Just by glancing at the new Taurus it is easy to see why people are calling it the Fusion’s bigger brother (or sister, whichever you prefer). The 2016 Taurus looks like a Fusion that has been redesigned to look more modern and sporty. In fact, the Fusion and Taurus are reported to share parts throughout the inner workings of the car, which will make the Taurus less expensive, yet just as good, due to the increased scale of which their parts are being made. The new design will most likely follow the worldwide trend of a stretched metal look that has minimal bends for a smoother, sleeker, modern look.

The most notable changes will be improvements to fuel efficiency, weight and power.  The current Taurus weighs about 4,000 pounds, which is heavy for a full size, 4-door, front-wheel drive sedan. The 2016 Taurus is reported to be hundreds of pounds lighter, which will instantly increase acceleration rate, turning capabilities and fuel efficiency. The current Taurus SHO has an impressive 365-horse power V6 engine with Ecoboost. That same engine in a lighter body would be something to show off on a racetrack. The 2016 Taurus will probably follow another worldwide trend by placing a small, efficient engine that is just as powerful as its larger, gas-guzzling counterparts. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it with the same 2.3-liter V-4 Ecoboost engines that the 2015 Mustangs will have.

The Taurus will for sure maintain its large body and interior. The goal is to make it lighter, not smaller. It will most-likely feature a 9-speed transmission that will improve gas efficiency and make for a smoother ride with better acceleration and higher top speeds. The actual fuel efficiency mpg numbers aren’t known yet. However, Ford’s priorities are to make it lighter with a better transmission and more efficient engine, which will absolutely improve fuel efficiency by noticeable margins. For more information on current and future models, visit Chapman Ford.