The 2013 Ford Taurus was revealed Monday night on the eve of the New York Auto Show with a few styling tweaks, but the big news is the addition of Ford’s 2.0 Ecoboost engine as an alternative to their V6 engines.
With the addition of the Ecoboost, Ford expects the Taurus to return 31mpg on the highway, an impressive figure for such a hefty vehicle. The 237 horsepower and 250 lb-ft rating is certainly adequate for the needs of most consumers, and we expect it to be a popular option with fuel conscious buyers. A 6-speed automatic remains the transmission of choice, while the 3.5L V6 making 290 horsepower and the SHO’s 360 horsepower Ecoboost V6 remain available.
The MyFordTouch telematics system also makes an appearance, as does a revised front end. The SHO performance model won’t get an upgraded engine just yet, but will see a more aggressive front end and new wheels. The SHO was rumored to get as much as 400-horsepower from a tweaked Ecoboost V6, but so far no announcements have been made. By going with the 4-banger, Ford is hoping to make the idea of a full-size sedan more palatable to consumers in a marketplace more concerned about gas prices than ever before, and look for them to downplay the two missing cylinders as much as they’ll use the 31 mpg rating as a selling point.
GALLERY: 2013 Ford Taurus
Gallery: 2013 Ford Taurus Live Reveal
See video of the car from the live reveal after the jump:
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