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 possbly 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 AWD, use something like a Torsen T-3 center differential with RWD bias (maybe 40-60 front-rear), and run the front drive shaft directly underneath or along the side of the engine, up to the front differential.
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 looks great – it makes the car look aggressive without trying too hard – think of the Porsche Panamera or Maserati Quattroporte.
Ford could also make 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.
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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