Many photos have already emerged about a redesigned 2018 Ford Taurus SHO version, but it was the latest batch of spy photos that came out which tipped and made us believe that the car is truly upon us. The camouflaged version of the Taurus SHO is currently going through hot-weather testing which will see the car’s ability improve and its conditions made possible for the Chinese market. We also have information that this model is going to appear in the South American market as well but unfortunately not the Australian one.
It has been some time when the Ford Taurus and the Ford Taurus SHO cars have been redesigned. Although base versions came with an updated in 2016, the last time the SHO had been updated was back in 2014. Although the car then did not come with so many changes that were expected, we went on with a very mildly updated Taurus SHO car. Finally, the demand for an update has become greater and we are expecting to see a newly redesigned version of the 2018 Ford Taurus SHO which will grace the pavement of the streets.
It appears that from the first look of the 2018 Ford Taurus SHO we will get a completely different car. The model will be redesigned to feature a more contemporary shape and a design which will probably be more modernistic to the last one, but it appears that the dimensions of the car are going to change as well. The car looked noticeably bigger and the proportions will probably be a bit different and go with the new kind of style that the Taurus SHO is proposing.
The first news that came about the 2018 Ford Taurus SHO is that it will incorporate a much lighter structure compared to before. The CD4 platform will replace the D4 architecture and will allow the car to slim down a bit thanks to the usage of lightweight materials incorporated here. But bedsides being able to diminish the weight, the car will also grow. The size of the car is noticeably bigger and the model will probably grow in width and length compared to the last version.
Besides the structural changes, there are bound to be some aesthetic ones. The first one that we notice is the front fascia which adopts a shield-shaped grille. To make things a bit sharper, there are added chrome inserts in the grille as well. The front end also features a different style of headlights with the narrow ones used for the front and a different type of design for the tailgates also. The front end will also be characterized by having a muscular bumper, scooped hood and some unique body lines which will result in a more performance orientated car. Finally the car will use 20-inch wheels and apply a back spoiler as well.
Many changes are expected to appear for the inside of the 2018 Ford Taurus SHO car. The model will largely differ from what we have seen the last time inside the SHO model. It will establish a completely different setup than before with a lot of new elements. This has been confirmed with the leaked images that the press has gotten hold of. We see a large LCD screen which will combine with a sewn leather-look control panel. Also new are the color-coded seats which will help with the vehicle upmarket feel. There is a rotary dial used for gear selection, which will replace the vertical equipment selector that the previous model had. Also spotted are the paddle shifters mounted to the guiding wheel which will result in more stylish driving.
We cannot deny the good looks of the previous model and its sporty elements were really appealing. The upcoming one will keep the same type of a sporty appeal to the model and make it even more appropriate for the contemporary market. We also feel that the Ford Taurus SHO will probably get much nicer materials for the inside and it will make it a lot more exclusive than the photos show.
Although we anticipated big changes under the hood, the 2018 Ford Taurus SHO will continue to use the same powertrain as before. But although we are getting the same model it has been updated a bit. The 2.7 twin-turbo EcoBoost engine has been modified to accommodate the buyers in the US market, but there is going to be a second 2. 0 liter four-cylinder engine that makes 240 horsepower which will be available for other markets. In addition to that, the twin-turbo 3 V-6 engine will be the top model making 365 horsepower. The SHO version will also come with a Performance Package that is otherwise not available for the base version of the car.
Release Date and Price
The future 2018 Ford Taurus SHO is still going through its testing phase. But we have reasons to believe that the model will probably be showcased at the Beijing show. Popularizing the car in China will be of great importance and with the first showcasing done there it will certainly raise the popularity of the car to a much higher level. After this, we expect that the North American release will be done at the Detroit Show next year. This also makes the car available in 2017 for the Asian and South American markets, while the release date in North America will probably be come mid-2018. As far as the starting price goes, it is too early to tell. A figure of around 40,000 dollars is being tossed around and we can say that there is a high possibility that the car adds a few figures more above this initial pricing.