2016 Ford Thunderbird Concept has been hailed as one of the most innovative coupes in the modern day automotive industry. It was initially introduced as a luxury car for personal use back in 2000 designed by Jack Telnack. It has a 2 door coupe or convertible body design and offers a primary RWD platform in addition to front engine placement. The model was based on the “DEW platform” developed by Ford Motor Company and has received several prestigious awards & nominations including “Trend car of the Year” and “North American Car of the Year” etc among many others. One should note that the model had a traditional retro look but has now been remodeled as a luxury car which suits the present generation.
2016 Ford Thunderbird Design & Platform
Though the model derives inspiration from the Thunderbird of the 1950’s & 60’s, one should note that 2016 Ford Thunderbird Concept is completely different in appearance when compared to its predecessors. The latest design & style cues have been inspired from more recent versions of the Thunderbird (2000 – 2005). It is based on the Taurus Volvo platform and features a relatively large exterior with an extended wheel base. The model also has a reworked front fascia with slightly displaced front tires.
2016 Ford Thunderbird Power Train & Transmission
2016 Ford Thunderbird Concept not only offers a redesigned a exterior but a highly fuel efficient power train; however, there no word on the actual engine configurations. Most industry experts & car critics speculate that model will have an United States standard AJ-26, V-8 cylinder 4.0L engine which is capable of generating a total power & torque output of 252HP & 267lbft etc. One of the most striking features of this power train is that it has been paired with an extremely efficient automatic 5 speed Ford 5R55N power transmission system that relays power to its rear wheels.
2016 Ford Thunderbird Interior Updates
Due to its upgraded design & extended dimensions, 2016 Ford Thunderbird Concept is expected to feature increased interior space with ample leg & head room. Also, one should note that the model also features a renovated center console or dash board which has been provided with the latest equipment & technology. Therefore, next generation Ford Thunderbird is not only expected to be the best but also advanced compared to its previous models. According to company executives, in addition to the above mentioned info more interior updates will be released in the near future.
2016 Ford Thunderbird Sales, Release & Price
Ford Thunderbird 2016 is expected to roll out its production model by the middle of 2015 as 2016 model. One should however, take note that the model was initially discontinued after 2005 and has recorded decent sales during its 5 year run in the market (approximately 67,518 units). The model had a huge debut with speculations of selling about 25,000 units every year but sales declined to about 19,085 units in its 2nd year. The car is expected to cost around $30,000 for base trims; higher trims include customized upgrades and are speculated to be priced at $50,000.
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