Ford taurus 2016

“The Ford Taurus we’re introducing today shows the amazing strength and flexibility of our One Ford plan,” said John Lawler, Ford’s head of operations in China. “It combines the best of our global product development and large-car expertise with a clear understanding of what Chinese customers in this segment want.”

Versions of the new Taurus in the U.S. market should differ slightly, particularly when it comes to powertrains and the choice of materials in the cabin (in China the car is being positioned as a near-premium vehicle). A debut for the U.S.-spec Taurus should take place later this year, with the car going on sale sometime next year as a 2016 model.

Since the 2016 Taurus won't be a redesign, it will still feature the same set of attributes found on the 2015 model. At the very core of the Taurus lies Ford's 3.5L V6 which continues to come standard on the 2016 model. In its current state, it produces 288 horsepower and 19/26 mpg. An optional 2.0L EcoBoost produces only 240 horsepower, but returns an impressive 22/32 mpg.

Four trim levels will also be offered for the 2016 Taurus, and they include the SE, SEL, Limited and SHO—the latter of which currently is one of the most well-dressed performance sleepers on the market courtesy of a twin-turbocharged 3.5L V6 that makes 365 horsepower. That's 134 more horsepower than the most powerful engine featured in the Fusion.

Ford also needs to address interior design to make the Taurus competitive. The cabin itself feels classy, the seats are comfortable and the MyFord Touch system lends a high-tech edge. But the car's tall doors, tall center console and thick roof pillars feel confining, giving the Taurus an almost race-cockpit feel up front with poor visibility out of the sides and rear. Other full-size sedans like the Buick Lacrosse, Dodge Charger and Nissan Maxima offer better-packaged interiors that are less dense with plastic and panels.

The redesigned Ford Taurus goes on sale in the fall of 2015. Check back for a full review of the new Taurus, including specs, driving impressions and buying advice as it becomes available.