Spied: 2016/2017 Ford Taurus out in the wild, previewing Continental’s hard points?

A few months ago, we covered the Chinese release of the 2016 Ford Taurus: the Blue Oval’s new full-size is expected to cross the Pacific in 2017 for a North American debut which should not bring about too many changes to the car’s styling or packaging.

More importantly, the new and warmly received Continental is expected to follow the Taurus in terms of engineering choices, as it lets go of the MKS’s D3 platform to adopt a long-wheelbase version of the current Fusion/MKZ CD4 platform. As such, and even though we can expect full differentiation between the two products, they are most likely to share engineering hard points and general proportions.

For that reason alone, it is interesting to keep an eye on the new Taurus in order to get an idea of what Lincoln engineers most likely worked with to build the Concept, and to get a glimpse of the production version of this new Continental.

Interestingly enough, while the official Chinese release of the Taurus showed off a rather plain Grey-on-Beige example, and under a limited number of angles, recent spy shots coming all the way from China allow us to take a look at a black Taurus, found on the streets in poses close to the Continental’s official beauty shots. See for yourselves:

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And from the rear:

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There is undoubtedly a family resemblance here, and from the pictures alone neither car seems to suffer from the use of the CD4 platform – both actually seem to be pretty massive to the eye. As it is, the Taurus rests on a 116.1in wheelbase (compare to the MKS’s 112.9in wheelbase) for an overall length of 196.69in (compare to the MKS’s 205.6in).

Interestingly enough and for tax teasons, the Chinese Taurus is expected to come standard with a 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder making 181hp… Optional engines include a 2.0L EcoBoost good for 245hp, and a 2.7L EcoBoost V6 producing 329 horses. The Continental is expected to come with a brand-exclusive and more powerful 3.0L EcoBoost V6.

We will have to wait a little more to see the Continental in production guise, but until then this should keep our imagination going!

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