The covers might be off on the 2010 Ford Taurus -- and Ford isn't happy about it.
Yesterday, a single fuzzy shot of what's claimed to be the new Taurus surfaced on a few Web sites after first appearing on the Taurus Car Club of America site.
Though Ford's demanded that some blogs remove the blurry pic of the 2010 Taurus -- the Taurus club has complied -- at least one site, Edmunds' Inside Line, still is showing the photo, which appears to have been taken in a styling studio or possibly a consumer clinic.
The photo (we won't publish it here, since we didn't obtain it and can't comment on its legality) shows a more creased sedan with a distinct flair missing from the current Taurus, which was introduced in 2005 as the Ford Five Hundred and renamed for the 2008 model year. As Edmunds notes, it shows influences from Ford's European Mondeo sedan, but wears a three-bar grille similar to those cropping up on U.S.-market vehicles.
Edmunds says the Taurus likely will get an EcoBoost V-6 like the one expected to slot into Ford's new Flex. Outfitted with a six-speed automatic, the new Taurus likely will be introduced at the 2009 Detroit auto show.