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Ford reveals pricing and features for the FG X Falcon sedan and ute range ahead of their showroom debut later this year.
The FG X Ford Falcon range will arrive in showrooms towards the end of this year carrying significant price reductions and efficiency gains over existing FG MkII models.
In terms of styling the FG-X Falcon range receives a redesigned front bumper design with Ford’s new trapezoidal grille, while XR models gain daytime running LEDs integrated into the headlights.
At the rear, sedan models feature a new taillight design that looks similar to those of the Jaguar XF. There are also restyled alloy wheels fitted to each model.
Inside the final Falcon gains Ford’s new Sync 2 multimedia interface with voice-activated audio and climate systems, emergency assistance and Wi-fi hotspot capability. This is also accessible through an 8-inch touchscreen which also houses the DAB digital radio and satnav.
The new model will also come standard with front parking sensors, in addition to the rear sensors fitted to existing FG MkII Falcons.
The entry grade will now simply be known as the Falcon, and the automatic 4.0-litre six-cylinder model’s $35,900 list price is $1,335 cheaper than the outgoing FG MkII XT, but still more expensive than its $35,490 Holden Commodore Evoke nearest rival.
Combined fuel consumption for the base Falcon has been improved by a significant 0.9L for a new official figure of 9.0L/100km – but still can’t quite match the petrol Commodore Evoke’s 8.3L/100km.
Ford says a new ZF 6-speed automatic transmission, along with improved aerodynamics, has resulted in reduced fuel consumption across and all naturally aspirated six-cylinder Falcon models and the base Ecoboost, compared to the outgoing FG MkII.
The more advanced 6HP21 ZF six-speed auto introduced with the FG MkII Ecoboost models will now also be fitted to all naturally-aspirated six-cylinder Falcon models - including EcoLPi.
The more aerodynamic FG X body shape has also contributed to improving efficiency, along with the FG MkII EcoBoost models’ underbody aerodynamic aids now being applied to all bar the XR8.
At $35,490 or $4400 less than the outgoing model, the manual 4.0-litre XR6 sports model will actually be the cheapest FG X Falcon model available, while the automatic version starts at $37,790 – representing a $3200 price drop. The Commodore SV6 is priced from $36,490.
Fuel consumption for the XR6 auto has dropped by 0.4L to 9.5L/100km combined, while the manual remains the same at 11.1L/100km.
The new XR6 Turbo carries a $3245 price drop at $42,990 in manual form, while the automatic version will be $3045 cheaper at $45,190.
Fuel consumption figures for the high-performance turbo model are unchanged from the outgoing FG MkII XR6 Turbo, at 11.7L/100km combined for the auto and 12.0L/100km for the three pedal version.
The revised Falcon G6E luxury range receives the biggest price cut with the 4.0-litre automatic model priced from $40,110 - $6625 less than the outgoing equivalent.
The new G6E mirrors the efficiency gains of the non-turbo XR6, with a 0.4L improvement to 9.5L/100km combined.
The force-fed G6E Turbo model will take a $9685 price cut for 2015 and start at $46,550, significantly less than the $53,990 Holden Calais V8 sedan.
Combined fuel consumption for the turbo luxury model is also unchanged from its FG MkII predecessor at 11.7L/100km.
The best Falcon fuel consumption continues to be available with the 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine, which now consumes 0.1L less at 8.0L/100km in base Falcon form, but 0.2L more at 8.7L/100km in G6E trim.
The turbocharged four-cylinder Ecoboost engine will remain a no-cost option on the base and G6E Falcon sedans.
Ford's EcoLPi gas system remains a $2500 option across auto-equipped base and XR6 Falcon models, while the G6E EcoLPi will no longer be available.
The base LPG model uses 11.7L/100km - down from 12.3L/100km -, while the XR6 drinks 0.2L/100km more than before at 12.6L/100km.
Ford has also revealed pricing for the updated Falcon Utility range, which kicks off with the $29,390 4.0-litre automatic cab-chassis model. The tub model is slightly more expensive at $29,790, while both base models carry an $800 price increase over their FG MkII equivalents.
The new XR6 cab-chassis ute will be priced from $32,140, or $3750 less than the outgoing model, while the tubbed model will cost $32,640 – representing a $3550 price drop.
The new XR6 Turbo ute will only be available in tub body style and will start from $39,910, or $1380 less than the current model.
Ford is yet to confirm fuel figures for the new FG X Utility lineup.
The final Falcon has also been treated to a number of suspension upgrades that aim to provide a more involving driving experience without sacrificing ride comfort.
Base FG X Falcon sedans use a modified version of the outgoing G6 luxury model's suspension, adding a thicker front stabiliser bar, retuned front and rear springs and dampers, a smaller rear stabiliser bar on the EcoLPi model and new suspension geometry to compliment updated Michelin tyres.
The base EcoLPi Falcon adopts the same suspension tune as the current XR6 EcoLPi in FG X form.
The new EcoBoost models ride on a modified G6E suspension with retuned springs and dampers at each corner, while a rear stabiliser bar has been added and geometry changed made to suit the new Michelins.
These changes are said to improve grip during turn-in, while increasing traction and retaining suspension compliance and comfort.
The FG X Falcon range and SZ MkII Territory lineup will be the final Australian-built Ford products, as the brand prepares to close its local manufacturing facilities in 2016. Ford Australia will however continue to design and engineer vehicles for the global market.