I appreciate that Ford makes high quality sedans like the Taurus and Fusion, but I really feel that these sedans can’t compete with a BMW or Infiniti because of their transverse FWD platforms. Ford would really benefit by offering a AWD/RWD sport sedan, using a modified verson of their DEW98 platform.
Start with a longitudinally mounted Ecoboost engine (2.0L I4 standard, 3.5L V6 optional), a double-wishbone or multi-link suspension in front and rear, and possibly an optional torque-vectoring limited-slip rear differential. Push the front axle close to the front bumper, and mount the engine behind the front axle for optimal front-rear weight distribution.
For exterior styling, please keep the side window beltline relatively flat – in other words, don’t use a steeply rising beltline like the new Hyundai Sonata or Cadillac SRX. A flat beltline improves visibility, and it looks great – it makes the car look strong yet relaxed – think of the Porsche Panamera or Maserati Quattroporte.
Ford could also build a performance hybrid – use the new 2.0L Ecoboost I4 mounted longitudinally, leading to an electric motor and then the longitudinal transmission – maybe a CVT like the Subaru Lineartronic, or a conventional automatic with at least 6 gears. This combination could easily yield 300 HP, 300 lb/ft torque, and 35 MPG!
I would love to help Ford make this happen. Sure, it may cost some money to design from the ground up, but a car like this would make cover pages of many automotive magazines. Imagine Ford beating a BMW or Infiniti in a comparison test, and likely at a lower price?
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