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    The Ford Falcon gets a cosmetic and tech makeover.

Ford has given the Falcon a makeover with cosmetic and tech upgrades.

The new Ford FG Falcon MkII gets front fascia redesigns, revised rear badging, new alloy wheels and chrome grille finishes across the range, with G6E and above adding new projector headlamps, black mesh accents for XR6s and other minor treatments.

There’s more in the cabin, with a new instrument cluster , upgraded audio systems, and a new Interior Command Centre (ICC) with an 8-in colour touch screen on all Falcon sedan models except XT (where it will be available as an option) and on XR6 and XR6 Turbo models (but also an option on the entry-level XL).

All audio systems – base, prestige and premium – have been upgraded with the inclusion of a new USB input facility to play MP3 audio files.  In USB mode, the user can play and browse all MP3 files through the audio system.

Safety has been hiked with the addition of side curtain airbags and rear parking sensors across the entire sedan range and head/thorax-protecting side airbags as standard equipment across the full Falcon Ute line-up.

A new stability control system – including traction control, emergency brake assist and ABS – will be added as standard on the entry-level Falcon Utes.

Under the bonnet, EcoBoost engine direct injection and turbocharging technology promises the sedan range more economy, power and performance with low CO2 emissions.

Ford says that -- similarly to recent turbodiesels -- the smaller EcoBoost petrol engines use a common-rail high-pressure direct injection fuel system to deliver “a precise amount of fuel in the exact spot for fast and complete burn”. More details on the Falcon EcoBoost engines will be available closer to their launch early next year. Chances are it will be around the same output as the Volvo version of the engine which generates 177kW and 320Nm. Like the Volvo and Ford's own Mondeo, it is also likely to be teamed with a six-speed Powershift, twin-clutch robotised manual gearbox.

The EcoBoost technology is spreading through Ford around the world, and will be available in 80 per cent of Ford global models by 2013.

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  • I think it looks tidy. As for those here that don't like the lower grille, it looks a damn site better than the 'wide mouth frog' Peugeot or the 'smiley face' Mazda's.

    Rob of Hunter Valley Posted on 24 September 2011 8:57pm
  • @mrcarsguide 11.22am - I think the clue to your mileage was the trip. Outer suburbs to ACT means a relaxed freeway experience, where big cars can get mileage not too far some small cars. The problem is the car isn't great for city/suburban use where it’s size counts against it and it slurps fuel. My country friends are still buying big Aussie cars since they do the job well. Each told me though that moving to the city will change their choice of vehicle substantially.

    Stevenscribe of Australia Posted on 23 September 2011 6:05pm
  • Eco boost a good idea for mine. If it weighs less than the six cyl motor the Falcon could have a more responsive front end, less understeer and better wearing tyres as well as lower fuel consumption. The car looks good, better than its other Aussie rivals, but I can't see it ever attaining the popularity it once had. Let's hope it is well put together and that dealers are responsive to customers. If not, that will be its death-knell.

    Stevenscribe of Australia Posted on 23 September 2011 5:59pm
  • Great car. I will be updating my FG XR6 for a new one, can't wait! Better car than the VE Commodore by a long shot, a lot nicer to drive!

    Guy of Melbourne Posted on 23 September 2011 4:59pm
  • Jag 3.0lt diesel is brilliant and will not appear in any Ford here as it's owned by an Indian company TATA.

    ivan elms of longford tas Posted on 23 September 2011 12:02pm
  • What happened to the version that was on the cover of Wheels mag (I think)? That looked good...

    Steve of Brisbane Posted on 21 September 2011 10:49am
  • Who cares about the eco boost, it’s a dumb idea putting a 4 cylinder in a Falcon, if you're worried about fuel prices and economy get a Mondeo or similar. The big question is when is the V8 making an appearance again? I know you can go to FPV to get one but that’s at least 10k more in price then the entry level XR8 was.

    Daniel of QLD Posted on 21 September 2011 9:30am
  • Starting to look like a Mondeo, maybe they will change to Mondeo and nobody will notice.

    mistyman of Australia Posted on 21 September 2011 6:09am
  • Looks like a big mouth bass. A butt ugly one. Acres of black plastic that looks cheap and nasty. I was always of the opinion that they made the last Fairlane so unappealing that the poor sales would let them kill it off. Now they're doing it with Falcon.

    I won't buy a Fushion or Taurus of Neverland Posted on 21 September 2011 3:33am
  • Not sure whether visually Ford have improved on an already great package. Will wait and have a look in the flesh before commenting further. About time for a touch screen ICC. Hopefully Ford has improved on the poor remote Sat Nav which was a total waste of money as I find it is not user-friendly. 1) Would love to see the 3-litre twin turbo-diesel Jag motor with 202kw and 600Nm of torque and superb fuel consumption around 7l /100km slotted in under the bonnet of both the FG and Territory. I would pay a premium price for this state of the art economical combination. If only Ford could see that this would be such a winner instead of introducing an underpowered "Eco Boost" which will only add to Ford Australia's woes! A few other suggestions to make a great car even better! 2) What about a passenger front seat with full power options as per my great comfortable G6E Turbo seat. 3) Small built in fridge in centre console between front seats as per my Sahara. 4) Decent mirror and twin lighting under the sun visors for my wife as she also appreciated quality fittings (as per my Vienta Grande). 5) Adjustable Xenon lighting system for night driving.

    Rob G, G6E Turbo owner of Swansea, Tasmania Posted on 21 September 2011 12:04am
  • I like the look. I loved the way that the older upmarket model had that chrome grille that said ‘look at me’ on the highway. Sick of hearing ‘what about the boat anchor’. Want more boat anchor and less ‘I can’t fix this hi-tech stuff this week, park it with all the others’. If only they had a small diesel or a car that didn’t try to sprint between the lights. I have a BF II gas wagon that serves me well and am sorry that my future updates are only in short wheel base with leg room and with no boot space. Can we get a ute that looks good with light truck tyres please?

    Dave W of Hunter Valley Posted on 20 September 2011 11:45pm
  • looks like the robot that has gone cross eyed , like no 5 is alive , or the goofy fish in nemo

    ford lover of act Posted on 20 September 2011 10:57pm
  • what facelift it all looks the same

    Chris of syd Posted on 20 September 2011 9:09pm
  • is the xr8 ever coming back?

    Peter Notrac of Melbourne Posted on 20 September 2011 8:17pm
  • Ever thought about telling us when it is available CG

    Owen of Gold Coast Posted on 20 September 2011 7:26pm
  • How about the price be reduced to about where it should be.....fifteen grand drive more......that's all it's worth...the rest is sheer profit.......

    Phil Baker of Brisbane, Australia Posted on 20 September 2011 7:19pm
  • PMSL Cant wait to back my truck into one to make it look better LOL !!!!!!!

    Phil De-Ath of Australia Posted on 20 September 2011 7:17pm
  • The icon lives!!!!

    Rob Williams of Hobart Posted on 20 September 2011 7:10pm
  • Show me a European car that can compete with a G6E for space, refinement, comfort, practicality, fuel consumption, performance and driver satisfaction. Then show me the price comparison.

    Pete of Newcastle Posted on 20 September 2011 6:48pm
  • @Mr CG, while the fuel economy may be "adequate" lets not forget the engine size required to produce what is inadequate power in the scheme of things. This is why the Europeans have us beat and this is why these are still dinosaurs.

    needs more than a facelift of Melbourne Posted on 20 September 2011 6:01pm
  • The G6 picture at the top looks CG, can't really take that as gospel to how it looks in real life. Why do car companies do that? Its the same with the Audi A6 ad driving up the carpark ramp... looks crappy, just use real footage of a real car.

    MattW Posted on 20 September 2011 5:34pm
  • The G6E looks like it has seen itself in a mirror and is screaming in horror. I'm sad to say I’m not a fan of the large black plastic grill in the XR versions either. Perhaps Ford should have stuck to the old front end and grill and instead spent the money on further tech upgrades. Or better yet for Ford, kept the development dollars to sure up their bottom line and try to stave off the pending replacement, the front drive Taurus.

    Dave S of Sydney Posted on 20 September 2011 9:58am
  • Bogan Mobile!

    Jon of Mosman Posted on 19 September 2011 11:09pm
  • These cars are world-class, I don't know why people bag them and brand them dinosaurs etc. My personal experience is with a G6E Turbo, got 7.6l/100 km on the freeway trip from where I live on the edge of Sydney to Canberra. In fact, getting economy from a large, powerful, turbo-charged six cylinder is a remarkable feat of engineering. I have never once had an issue with the trim on it. I think this looks great, at least it's not conservative and boring like some of the new VW's. And the elitist below could please explain which luxurious models of cars he's thinking about in this price-range don't have a bit of chrome on them - it adds character and flavour. By the way - what is faux chrome? How do you expect a car with this price tag to have genuine chrome highlights?

    Mr. Carsguide Reader Posted on 19 September 2011 12:22pm
  • Ford have stuffed up the grille on the Territory, and now the Falcon too. The skinny top grille only looks good on the Fiesta.

    Rick Solano of Queensland Posted on 19 September 2011 11:17am
  • @Tom, obviously you have no class and are living in the 80's, I bet you've still got a mullet!

    Tomcat Posted on 19 September 2011 10:13am
  • @Mal, FG stands for Friggin Good!!

    Mal-Aka Posted on 19 September 2011 10:11am
  • Ford (Australia) really needs this to do well. Doesn't look too bad at all. They should be giving the EcoLpi more of a plug in the media though. A LPG car with more power and overall economy figures (when you work out petrol price vs LPG price!).

    G of the Northside Posted on 19 September 2011 9:38am
  • Does it come in a diesel??

    PJ of South Posted on 17 September 2011 3:46pm
  • Looks pretty good. Knew that it would be similar to the New Territory.

    JOSEPH CINI of AUSTRALIA Posted on 17 September 2011 8:25am
  • You must be joking. This is hideous. What an absolute monstrosity. Acres of cheap black plastic. Let me guess ... the 'luxury' version will be tarted up with faux chrome. This just does not work on a big car. Unfortunately, the writing is on the wall. The falcon just lost any remaining dignity that it had.

    Tom Posted on 16 September 2011 8:35pm
  • Does FG stand for FuGly?

    Mal Posted on 16 September 2011 5:03pm
  • Looks great and the XR Falcons will be even better.

    Gaygas of melbourne Posted on 16 September 2011 1:27pm
  • Looks great, can't wait to see and drive an EcoBoost Falcon! Hopefully these will get Falcon back to the top in sales numbers, where it deserves to be.

    AJ Posted on 16 September 2011 12:14pm
  • Doesn't look good. Hopefully the XR6 is better looking.

    kaygas of melbourne Posted on 16 September 2011 12:18am
  • I don't think it looks as good as the original FG. The larger lower grill is out of proportion so the car looks decidedly unbalanced. As is often the case, the original design is best, then its modified so that it looks new but the change is only for changes sake and actually takes away from the original design. As a life long Ford supporter (I have purchased several from new so I support Aussie jobs and products) I am pretty disappointed with this first look though maybe when I see it in the metal it might look better. For those that love to bag the car, I suggest you actually get in a new one at your local dealer and take it for a drive before you slag it off. I have both a G6E Turbo and Accord Euro Luxury and the Euro is no better and has had several issues that have needed to be dealt with under warranty. My Territory GHIA that I did 85,000kms in ran like clockwork. Please don't slag the car because your old mans XE from 83 was rough or your uncles EA was ordinary. They have changed immensely since the 80-90's and represent fantastic value for their size, performance, equipment levels.

    Harry of Sydney Posted on 15 September 2011 11:45pm
  • The new Falcon would look great if the lower grill was replaced with an aluminum billet grill insert with closely spaced horizontal slats. Lets hope an aftermarket company starts making one for it!

    Jim C of Sydney Posted on 15 September 2011 6:13pm
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