The final Falcon and Territory have been caught testing on the road. These are the best pictures yet of the final Falcon with a see-through car bra revealing the shape of the production car's grille.
We also snapped the first shots of the facelifted Territory, confirming there will be some minor facial work but no significant revisions to the rear.
Ford will launch the last Falcon in November, weeks before the updated Territory goes on sale. Production of both ends in late 2016.
Despite plummeting Falcon sales and the accepted wisdom that it will be ditched early, Ford is carrying out significant body revisions to its former hero. The model, known internally as the 201X Falcon, will have a fresh bonnet and bumper, a new bootlid and rear guards, as well as narrower headlights and flatter tail-lights that spread into the bootlid.
There will be daytime LED running lights at the front and a fresh Ford family grille, more prominent than that of the current FG II as well as new-look alloy wheels.
The mechanical changes are minor, except for the return of the eight-cylinder XR8. Most of the work has gone into driving down the fuel consumption of the base car from 9.9L/100km to 9.5L/100km. A key impetus for this is that Ford Australia was given a $34 million Federal Government grant in 2012 and promised to hit that target.
The last Falcon and Territory models, except the XR6 Turbo and XR8, will use a lighter Chinese-built ZF six-speed automatic tuned for economy. The German-made ZF high-torque gearbox, used for the two Falcon performance models, ceases later this year leaving Ford to stockpile those it needs to get through to the end of the Falcon's life. The diesel Territory sticks with its Ford developed six-speed auto. Other economy gains will be made through the introduction of tyres with less rolling resistance.
There will be no extra power and torque across the Falcon range and the suspension settings will not change. Carsguide understands the Falcon's interior upgrades will be restricted to minor trim changes and graphic upgrades for the centre info screen.Limited changes will be made to the Territory, including the front end and interior.