2009 Chicago Auto Show – 2010 Ford Taurus SHO Officially Unveiled
Ford has brought back the Taurus Super High Output (SHO) in a big way at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show. The styling is rather ho-humm, a result of the “sleeper” performance car vibe Ford was shooting for, but the technological advancements are outstanding. There are several key highlights. First and foremost is the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine. This new powerplant puts out 365 horsepower yet only sips, not slurps on the gas. Small twin turbochargers are engaged to provide linear power delivery. The car is now all wheel drive which should provide much better handling. The new Ford Taurus SHO features a SelectShift six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel. Automatic operation or manual shift mode is available. When using the paddle controls, “match rev” downshifts insure smooth transitions.
The car also offers a wide variety of cool new features standard:
Intelligent Access with Push Button Start, a new Taurus feature allowing drivers to enter the car and start the engine without using a conventional key. Drivers simply carry the fob as they approach the vehicle, touch the SecuriCode‚ keyless entry keypad, open the door and enter, apply pressure on brake pedal and push a button to start the engine.
MyKey allows enthusiasts to activate a restricted driving mode, persistent Belt-Minder safety belt reminder, audio system volume limits, an earlier low-fuel warning, and consistently-engaged AdvanceTrac stability control. The top vehicle speed can be limited to 80 mph, and speed chimes can be programmed to engage at 45, 55 or 65 mph further protecting their investment.
Easy Fuel‚ Capless Fuel Filler System, a unique feature that eliminates the need for a traditional fuel cap. Easy Fuel is a hassle-free solution that provides a consistent self-seal after every refueling.
Ford SYNC is the fully integrated, in-vehicle voice-activated communications and entertainment system standard on Taurus SHO. The system combines 911 Assist, Vehicle Health Report and GPS-based features including business search and call completion.
SYNC connects to MP3 players, iPods, memory sticks and PDAs. The latest version of SYNC in the Taurus SHO adds Traffic, Directions and Information, providing turn-by-turn route guidance and the capability to access and personalize content.
Ambient Lighting allows the Taurus SHO driver to program interior lighting from a choice of five soothing colors to suit any character or preference.
Available options on the 2010 Ford Taurus SHO include:
Reverse Camera System, a unique SHO option, activates when reverse gear is selected providing the driver with additional rear visibility, projecting on the windscreen mounted rearview mirror.
Adaptive Cruise Control, which allows the driver to set the Taurus SHO cruising speed while using radar technology to monitor traffic travelling up to 600 feet ahead, automatically adjusting speed to help maintain a preset distance between vehicles. Adaptive Cruise Control comes with Collision Warning with Brake Support providing visible and audible warnings when slower traffic is detected ahead. Brake support is activated if the driver does not respond to provided warnings, and pre-charges the brake system to prepare the vehicle for stopping.
Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Cross Traffic Alert consists of two multiple beam radar modules, one each per rear quarter panel. When an adjacent vehicle enters the defined blind spot zone, and indicator alert provides driver warning in the corresponding sideview mirror.
Cross Traffic Alert uses existing BLIS radar modules to sense oncoming traffic while the Taurus SHO is slowly backed from a parking space. When cross traffic appears within three car widths, the system provides a visible message on the instrument panel in combination with a sideview mirror warning and an audible signal.
Multi-Contour Seats with Active Motion‚ can be specified in conjunction with heated and cooled first-row positions in the new Taurus SHO. Multi-Contour functionality provides subtle but continuous massage to help prevent back pain and fatigue and is ideally suited to meet the needs of long-distance drivers.
Voice-Activated Navigation System includes a 10 GB music juke box hard drive and a single CD/DVD player. When combined with the optional rear camera system, rearview projection appears on the centerstack-mounted navigation screen.
Sony Audio System offers 12 speakers, a digital amplifier, 390 Watts of continuous power (RMS), 115 dB of maximum bass sound pressure level and Dolby Pro Logic II surround technology.
Ford has taken a great leap forward into the 21st Century and we must say we are very impressed. The 2010 Ford Taurus SHO will be available this summer, starting at $37,995.