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Shanghai LIVE: 2016 Ford Taurus

by Byron Hurd

Ford\'s full-size sedan gets longer wheelbase, new engines.

Ford has revealed its market-exclusive 2016 Taurus in Shanghai.

While the exterior differences are minor, the real changes are found under the hood and between the wheels. Under the hood, the Chinese-market Taurus will be powered by Ford's new, 2.7L, twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 exclusively. No turbo-four or naturally aspirated six-cylinder will be available.

Like many sedans crafted exclusively for the Chinese market, Ford's revised Taurus caters to the executive sedan buyer. The wheelbase is longer, allowing for additional rear-seat room. To maximize this space, Ford employed a rear sunroof design that slides over its own panels, increasing headroom behind the first row.

"The Ford Taurus was created for highly sophisticated consumers in China who need an equally sophisticated vehicle for both business and personal use," said Marin Burela, president, Changan Ford Automobile Co. "With a powerful, confident and inviting design, a spacious and elegant interior, impeccable craftsmanship, compelling performance and advanced technology, the Ford Taurus makes no compromises as an innovative flagship sedan."

Rear comfort is enhanced by interior equipment upgrades. The power-reclining rear seats feature optional adjustable lumbar support and a massage function. The center rear seat folds down to reveal a control panel for air conditioning, seat functions and car media. Folding it up allows the vehicle to comfortably accommodate three rear passengers with a 40/20/40 rear-seat layout.

"Beautiful design, craftsmanship, refinement, comfort and power help the Taurus to rise above the typical large sedan, but they are only part of the story," said Burela. "We look forward to sharing more about our new premium business sedan over the months ahead."

Live images by Ronan Glon.