2013 Ford Taurus: official details, photos and specs

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 20, 2011

Ford unveiled today the 2013 Taurus, an updated version of it popular sedan which promises to deliver better fuel economy, improved design, more technology as well as enhanced driving dynamics. In addition, the 2013 Ford Taurus is firm’s first North American lineup to offer the advanced 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, producing 237 horsepower and 250 lb.-ft. of torque and delivering a highway fuel economy of at least 31 mpg.

Regarding the 2013 Taurus model powered by the 3.5-liter V6 engine, this model will carry 290 hp. Both engines will be offered with unique six-speed automatic transmissions which will help the drivers to optimize gear selection and drive the car in an ‘eco’ mode.

Moreover, Ford says that each 2013 Taurus powertrain will feature additional technologies in order to help you conserve fuel, such as low-tension front end accessory drive belt, smart battery management, aggressive deceleration fuel shutoff, variable--displacement air conditioning compressor, reduced friction lubricants and electric power-assisted steering (EPAS).

Regarding the interior, the 2013 Taurus keeps green with recycled material in the cloth surfaces, headliner, and in noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) control components. As expected, the car will receive the SYNC with MyFord Touch, replacing many traditional buttons. Other options for the 2013 Ford Taurus include heated steering wheel, multicontour seats with Active Motion, Intelligent Access wit push-button start, auto high beams, rain-sensing wipers, rear view camera and rear window power sunshade.

Exterior Design

The design of the new Ford Taurus has been more refined to further augment its quality. Building on the 2010 model, the new Ford Taurus now has a more muscular hood as well as larger wheels and tires, giving it a more imposing and athletic stance. The rear end now has raised rear quarter panels that allowed Ford to mount larger, full LED taillamps. These changes, however, did not result to any increase in the overall dimensions or weight of the new Ford Taurus, making it appear sportier and sleeker.

Ford worked to further enhance the vehicle’s driving dynamics by adopting EPAS and employing a hard-mounted steering rack with a faster ratio. Ford also optimized the vehicle’s springs and dampers by further enhancing handling and ride quality.

In addition, the new Ford Taurus features the so-called torque vectoring control that employs a subtle braking force on the outside front wheel during acceleration on a corner – leading to an effect similar to a limited-slip differential. This feature makes the Ford Taurus feel smaller and more maneuverable, as drivers could feel that they could better control their vehicle even while speeding through curves.

Torque vectoring control is typically installed in high-ticket sports cars, but it is fitted on the Ford Taurus to the delight of enthusiasts and to boost the confidence of less-experienced drivers. Likewise, the new Taurus features curve control, which uses a Ford-exclusive braking control technology that could decelerate the vehicle if it detects that a driver inadvertently goes into a curve too quickly. When such a situation is sensed, four-wheel smart braking will be applied to reduce speed by up to 10 mph in just around one second.

This feature is Ford’s response to the fact that over 50,000 crashes in the United States were caused by entering curves or on- and off-ramps too quickly. All versions of the new Ford Taurus will feature a larger brake master cylinder with revised booster tuning, which means a shorter pedal ratio and an enhanced pedal feel. The Ford Taurus now features an upgraded brake friction material for better fade resistance and performance.

Thanks to the so-called digital pre-assembly, Ford engineers working on the Taurus were able to address potential manufacturing issues even during the online phase. This way, engineers could ensure precise, uniform surface gaps and margins once Ford commences series production. In fact, engineers benchmarked the Taurus against Audi A6 for exterior fit and finish.

Interior Design

On the other hand, the interior of the new Ford Taurus now employs more soft-touch, high-quality materials across the instrument panel and throughout the center console. Interior upgrades also include flock-lined glovebox and console storage, cloth-wrapped A-, B- and C-pillars and new switchgear.

In addition, the trunk space of the new Ford Taurus is now completely dressed. Ford was also able to improve the NVH control in the new Taurus by adding A-pillar and cowl baffles and acoustic wheel-well liners.

Press Release

2013 Ford Taurus

The new Ford Taurus delivers more of what large sedan customers really want for the 2013 model year - with even better fuel economy, more technology, design refinement, improved craftsmanship and enhanced driving dynamics.

"We have significantly upgraded Ford's flagship sedan through obsessive attention to detail," said Mark Fields, Ford's president of The Americas. "The new Taurus builds on the transformation we achieved in the 2010 model. Delivering so many upgrades so soon further underscores Ford's leadership and commitment to delivering high-quality, fuel-efficient cars for our customers."

Greener, yet powerful

A choice of new engines offers customers increased fuel efficiency, without compromising the responsive performance they want.

Ford Taurus is the first car in Ford's North American lineup to offer the advanced 2.0-liter EcoBoost™ engine, combining a turbocharger with gasoline direct injection. It is expected to deliver best-in-class highway fuel economy of at least 31 mpg. Providing plenty of power, the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine will deliver an estimated 237 horsepower and 250 lb.-ft. of torque.

The standard Ford Taurus 3.5-liter V6 is projected to deliver unsurpassed fuel efficiency among V6 segment competitors while still delivering increased performance from an anticipated 290 horsepower.

This is accomplished with the addition of twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT), enabling increased fuel economy while delivering 27 more horsepower, a reduction in part-throttle emissions and increased responsiveness.

Both engines are mated with unique six-speed automatic transmissions that offer optimized gear selection for off-the-line power delivery in lower gears, while benefiting fuel economy with higher gears that keep the engine turning efficiently at lower revolutions while cruising.

Each Taurus powertrain features additional technologies to help conserve fuel, such as:

Low-tension front end accessory drive belt
Smart battery management
Aggressive deceleration fuel shutoff
Variable-displacement air conditioning compressor
Reduced friction lubricants
Electric power-assisted steering (EPAS)
The team put special emphasis to fit all new Ford Taurus models with EPAS to improve steering response by speeding up the steering ratio and rigidly mounting the steering rack to the subframe. The EPAS system also allows for a high degree of tuning by Ford vehicle dynamics engineers to optimize steering feel, pleasing enthusiast drivers and serving as a confidence builder for less-experienced drivers.

The Ford Taurus interior keeps green with extensive use of recycled material in the cloth surfaces, in the headliner, and in noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) control components. Ford Taurus seat cushions are comprised of a high concentration of soy foam, significantly reducing petroleum-based substances.

Even smarter

America's most innovative full-size sedan gets even smarter with an array of even more class-leading technologies including SYNC® with MyFord Touch™, which replaces many traditional buttons, knobs and gauges with clear, colorful LCD screens and steering wheel-mounted five-way toggles. These screens can be personalized to display information relevant to each driver by using voice command, keeping the driver's eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.

MyFord Touch is powered by a new version of Ford's award-winning SYNC system, combining voice control for vehicle functions, enabled Bluetooth® devices, MP3 players and a wide variety of external media.

The new Taurus also adds Ford's intuitive active park assist technology, making life simpler and more convenient for customers.

Ford Taurus also offers the following comfort and convenience technologies:

New heated steering wheel adds to the comfort of the heated and cooled leather-trimmed seats
Multicontour seats with Active Motion™, a Ford Taurus class-exclusive offering, help to reduce driver and first-row passenger fatigue with a subtle rolling massage pattern
Intelligent Access with push-button start, allowing the driver to enter the car and start the engine via push button simply by having the key fob in his or her possession
Auto high beams employ a sensor to switch headlamps to high beam when no oncoming traffic is detected
Rain-sensing wipers use an advanced optical sensor to detect the intensity of rain and/or snowfall to automatically adjust wiper speed
Rear view camera activates when reverse gear is selected, projecting via the center stack-mounted 8-inch screen
Rear window power sunshade, a luxury-class feature that shades the rear glass at the touch of a button, helping to keep the cabin cooler
In addition, Ford Taurus is available with a wide variety of audio and navigation connectivity alternatives.

Packed with detail

Ford Taurus quality begins with design refinement. Building on the completely reinvigorated 2010 model, the new Taurus features a more muscular hood. Larger wheels and tires fill out the wheel-well openings, giving Ford Taurus an athletic stance. Rear quarter panels have been raised, enabling larger, full LED taillamps. Without increasing overall dimensions or vehicle weight, the new Ford Taurus looks more streamlined, substantial and sporty.

Improved driving dynamics is a quality the driver will feel. Beyond the across-the-board transition to EPAS, the hard-mounted steering rack with a faster ratio, springs and dampers have been optimized to provide improved vehicle handling, combined with improved ride quality.

The new Ford Taurus dynamics benefit from the addition of torque vectoring control. This feature uses a slight - virtually imperceptible to the driver - amount of braking force on the outside front wheel when accelerating through a corner. This minimal brake force provides an effect similar to a limited-slip differential. The result is a vehicle that feels smaller and more maneuverable, with more control when increasing speed through curves.

This innovative feature will please enthusiasts while serving as a confidence builder for less-seasoned drivers. Torque vectoring control - normally found in high-ticket sports cars - is a Taurus class-exclusive feature. In addition, this feature is standard.

The new Taurus adds curve control, a unique Ford braking control innovation aimed at slowing the vehicle, if it senses that a driver inadvertently enters a curve too quickly. With application of four-wheel smart braking, the vehicle can reduce speed by up to 10 mph in approximately one second.

Entering curves or on- and off-ramps too quickly contributes to more than 50,000 crashes each year in the U.S. Curve control is a Ford Taurus class-exclusive offering.

Across the board, all new Ford Taurus models will receive a larger brake master cylinder with revised booster tuning, resulting in a shorter pedal ratio and dramatically improved pedal feel. Brake friction material has been upgraded for improved fade resistance and performance.

Exterior craftsmanship for the new Taurus has been improved through the employment of digital pre-assembly. This advanced technology enables engineers to address potential issues in Ford Taurus manufacturing while still in the online phase and ensures precise, uniform surface gaps and margins once series production is initiated. Taurus was benchmarked against Audi A6 for exterior fit and finish.

Inside, no detail went untouched. Ford Taurus' interior craftsmanship is elevated through expanded use of soft-touch, high-quality materials inside the cabin. Upgraded materials across the instrument panel and throughout the center console are evidence of continuous improvement.

Additional improvements extend to cloth-wrapped A-, B- and C-pillars, flock-lined glovebox and console storage and new switchgear. This passionate attention to detail even reaches inside the trunk space, which is completely dressed.

NVH control has been enhanced in the new Taurus with the addition of A-pillar and cowl baffles and acoustic wheel-well liners to quiet road noise.

Safe Ford Taurus

The new Ford Taurus builds on a legacy of safety, as the current model earned an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick rating. The stiff Taurus structure contains much high-strength and ultra-high-strength steels, including boron.

Ford Taurus features the Trinity front-crash architecture, named for the three elements that are designed to absorb and redirect crash forces away from vehicle occupants. These components consist of an ultra-high-strength boron front beam to absorb initial impact force, boron "shotgun rails" that transfer impact forces in a diagonal path to the roof panel, and a decoupling engine cradle within the front subframe to help prevent the powertrain from interfering with the cabin.

Ford Taurus also features Side Protection And Cabin Enhancement (SPACE®) Architecture, a hydroformed cross-car beam embedded in the floor between the door frames to help provide additional strength on the sides of the vehicle. A rigid roof crossmember, side-impact door beams and boron B-pillar reinforcement also contribute to side-impact protection.

In the new Taurus, airbag restraints have been enhanced with optimized tethering and venting to specifically tailor deployment force to occupant size, position and seat belt status. In addition, Ford Taurus features the Safety Canopy® with rollover sensor.

In the event of an airbag deployment, Taurus provides an SOS Post-Crash Alert System™, and features AdvanceTrac® with Electronic Stability Control.

In addition, Ford Taurus offers a complement of driver-aid technologies, such as:

Adaptive cruise control employing radar technology to monitor traffic up to 600 feet ahead, automatically adjusting Taurus speed to help maintain a safe distance
Collision warning with brake support, enabled by adaptive cruise control, provides a "heads-up" visual warning combined with an audio signal to alert the driver to slower moving traffic ahead. The system also pre-charges the brakes to aid stopping
Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) is designed to alert the driver if another vehicle is driving within a potential blind spot
Cross-traffic alert, enabled by BLIS, senses and warns the driver of oncoming traffic from either direction when the Ford Taurus is backing out of a driveway or parking space
MyKey® owner controls feature allows parents or fleet administrators to activate restricted driving modes. MyKey can limit top speeds and audio volume, provides earlier warnings and prevents deactivation of stability control systems. A new MyKey feature can prevent access to blocked satellite radio content

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