• Feb 17, 2008
click above for high-res gallery of the new Ford FG Falcon

It's a couple of years late to the party, but the all-new Ford FG Falcon is set to arrive in Australia later this year, when it'll match up with GM's Holden Commodore sedan and Ute offerings on the sales charts and at Aussie stop lights for years to come. Like the Holdens, the Falcons are rear-wheel-drive. The FG is all-new, with a more rigid architecture, new and/or upgraded powertrains, increased variety in terms of visual and interior options, and improvements in fuel economy as well. The factory performance wing, FPV, will also introduce a full range of FG-based sedans and Utes as well. We'll bring you more on the FPV cars when additional info and the all-important photos are released.

As for the standard FG Falcon offerings, the sedan will come in XT, G-Series, and XR trim levels, with the Ute joining it in base, R6, and XR Trims. As before, powerful inline six-cylinders (normally-aspirated and turbocharged) are joined by a range-topping V8 -- this time, it's the hand-built FPV-supplied 5.4L Boss 290. As impressive as the V8 is (388 hp / 383 lb-ft), however, the turbo six (362 hp / 393 lb-ft) makes a hell of a case for itself. An LPG-fueled E-Gas version of the I6 is also offered on the Falcon XT sedan and the XR6 Ute. Follow the jump for a quick-and-dirty rundown on the engines, as well as the overview press release sent out by Ford.




[Source: Ford]



Across the full range of FG Falcon vehicles, four engines and four transmissions are available. Here's the skinny on the powertrain options.

4.0L I6
(Falcon XT, Falcon G6, Falcon G6E, Falcon XR6, Falcon Ute, Falcon R6 Ute, Falcon XR6 Ute)
  • 195kW (261 hp) @ 6,000 RPM
  • 391 Nm (288 lb-ft) @ 3,250 RPM
4.0L I6 E-Gas (LPG)
(Falcon XT, Falcon XR6 Ute)
  • 156 kW (209 hp) @ 4750 RPM
  • 371 Nm (273 lb-ft) @3750 RPM
  • 4-speed automatic w/ SSS Sequential Sport Shift (standard)
4.0L Turbo I6
(Falcon G6E Turbo, Falcon XR6 Turbo, Falcon XR6 Turbo Ute)
  • 279 kW (362 hp) @ 5,250 RPM
  • 533 Nm (393 lb-ft) @ 2,000 - 4,750 RPM
5.4L Boss 290 V8
(Falcon XR8, Falcon XR8 Ute)
  • 290 kW (388 hp) @ 5750 RPM
  • 520 Nm (383 lb-ft) @ 4750 RPM
Four transmissions are available as standard or optional equipment, depending on model.
  • 5-speed auto with SSS (Sequential Speed Shift)
  • ZF 6-speed auto with SSS
  • Tremec 6-speed manual
  • 4-speed auto with SSS (E-Gas models only)
Read on for the detailed overview press release from Ford.



PRESS RELEASE:
Ford Unveils All New FG Falcon

Ford Australia today unveiled the all-new FG Falcon range, showcasing all-new exterior and interior architectures and designs, an all-new front suspension, new powertrains with more power, more torque and improved fuel economy, and an advanced safety package.

The official debut of the 2008 FG Falcon included the entire new model range, with sedan, Ute and Ford Performance Vehicles line-ups all on show ahead of mainstream sedan models going on sale in May.

The all-new FG Falcon range also introduces a new model line-up and nomenclature, incorporating the new sports luxury G Series sedan range, along with three different exterior front end treatments and a significant realignment of models and specifications.

"The all-new FG Falcon range represents another step forward for automotive vehicle design in Australia," Ford Australia President Bill Osborne said.

"It is an exceptional large car package that delivers outstanding performance, fuel efficiency, refinement and safety to meet the needs of a wide variety of customers.

"For the first time in Falcon's history, the new model will come to market with three distinct faces on the vehicle, offering both private and fleet customers, and both sports and luxury customers, a new Falcon to suit their lifestyle.
There are now three families of vehicles in the FG Falcon sedan range, including:

1. Falcon XT

2. G Series, incorporating

  • G6
  • G6E
  • G6E Turbo
3. XR, incorporating
  • XR6
  • XR6 Turbo
  • XR8
"The introduction of the all-new G6E Turbo will create excitement and provide the perfect balance of sports luxury performance for customers who don't wish to compromise on either sports or luxury options," Mr Osborne added.

A new body structure for the FG Falcon delivers significant improvements in structural integrity for greater occupant protection, and side and frontal crash performance, as well as improved vehicle refinement.

All petrol Falcon sedans will come standard with an advanced safety package, incorporating driver and front passenger airbags, front side head/thorax airbags, driver and front passenger Beltminder® system, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Traction Control (TC), and Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)

Side curtain airbags, in conjunction with front side thorax airbags, are standard on premium sedan models, but are also available as an option across the rest of the sedan range.

A new reverse camera system is standard on G6E and G6E Turbo models, and optional on the overt sports XR range, while a reverse sensing system is standard on all G Series models and available as an option across the rest of the sedan range.

All FG Falcon Utes will have ABS with EBD as standard, while Traction Control is standard on XR Utes and optional on the remainder of the Falcon Ute line-up.

New model line-up

The new 'FG' series prefix for the eighth generation Falcon range heralds the arrival of the all-new Falcon line-up, as well as serving as an acknowledgement of the strong heritage of the long-running Fairmont and Ghia nameplates.

That acknowledgement also translates to the introduction of the new sports luxury G Series sedan range, incorporating the G6, G6E and G6E Turbo models.

The G6 is a nod to the "Ghia" nameplate and an extension of the G8 nomenclature used on the outgoing Fairlane range in recent years, while the "6" represents Falcon's high-tech six-cylinder engine.

G6E builds on the nod to "Ghia" and is a modest acknowledgement of the European-inspired styling and distinct design cues evident in the new vehicle, while G6E Turbo announces the introduction of the acclaimed I6 Turbo engine as the new hero of the sports luxury line-up.

Falcon XT
With a focus on interior appointments and safety features, the Falcon XT raises the bar for entry-level vehicle private customers and fleet buyers. For the first time on Falcon, it will have its own appearance and be distinctly different from the rest of the range.

The XT comes with the choice of either an I6 petrol engine producing 195kW of power and 391Nm of torque matched to a new five-speed automatic transmission with Sequential Sports Shift (SSS), or an optional 156kW E-Gas dedicated LPG engine with a four-speed SSS auto. The ZF six-speed automatic transmission is available as an option on the I6 petrol engine.

Standard interior appointments include automatic climate control, four-way power driver's seat, four-speaker single CD audio system, a new, larger Interior Command Centre (ICC) LCD screen, cruise control and 60/40 split fold rear seats.

Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) is standard on all petrol models, while the XT also features driver and front passenger airbags, front side head/thorax airbags, and a driver and front passenger Beltminder® system.

G6
The entry G Series model, the G6 raises the bar for the discerning luxury buyer with a range of standard features in addition to those on the Falcon XT. These include a unique G Series front bumper and grille, front fog lamps and 17-inch alloy wheels, along with luxury interior appointments, including suede seat bolsters and a rear centre armrest with cup holders. The G6 also incorporates luxury sports suspension and, on the safety front, a reverse sensing system as standard equipment.

G6E
The G6E builds upon the luxury G Series story even further, adding to the standard G6 specification with a range of features to deliver a highly-specified luxury G Series variant. Standard G6E features include the acclaimed ZF six-speed automatic transmission, along with a side indicator integrated into the exterior mirror housing, a front fender badge, unique 17-inch alloy wheels and a unique G6E front grille.

The interior adds a Bluetooth® mobile phone integration module, a premium audio system with seven-inch TFT colour ICC screen, six-disc in-dash CD player and subwoofer, an electrochromatic rear vision mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seats and an eight-way power driver's seat with three-position memory. On the safety front, the G6E adds a reverse camera and side curtain airbags as standard equipment.

G6E Turbo
The new hero of the sports luxury Falcon line-up, the G6E Turbo is differentiated from the G6E by a range of performance-oriented features, including the I6 Turbo engine that produces 270kW of power and 533Nm of torque, matched to the ZF six-speed automatic transmission. New 18-inch alloy wheels, a rear lip spoiler and bright headlamp bezels complete the unique exterior elements, while 19-inch alloy wheels are available as an option.

Interior differentiation includes fabric-wrapped lower door trims and an iPod Integration feature, which provides a fully integrated interface between a customer's iPod unit and the vehicle's audio system.

Falcon XR6
The FG Falcon XR range continues to build on the powerful and distinctive design cues that have contributed to the cult status enjoyed by XR vehicles. The XR6 incorporates a host of features over and above the Falcon XT, including a new Tremec six-speed manual transmission as standard – with the option of either the five-speed automatic or the ZF six-speed automatic transmissions – and sports suspension.

The exterior is differentiated by the signature XR double-drop lens headlight treatment, XR front bumper, grille and rockers, front fog lamps and unique 17-inch alloy wheels. Inside, the XR6 features a sports instrument cluster, sports seats, alloy pedal covers and an aluminium gear shifter on manual transmission models, with reverse camera and reverse sensing systems available as options.

Falcon XR6 Turbo
In recognition of its overt sports status, the XR6 Turbo will – for the first time – be specified to the same level as the XR8, with the main difference between the two models being the engines.

The FG Falcon XR6 Turbo builds on the equipment levels of the XR6 with a range of performance and comfort-oriented features, including a 270 kW / 533 Nm I6 Turbo engine, limited slip differential, upgraded front brakes and 18-inch alloy wheels. The world-class ZF six-speed automatic transmission is available as an option.

Falcon XR8
The XR8 shares its major equipment specifications with the XR6 Turbo and is differentiated by its engine and signature bonnet power bulge. The exciting Boss 290 5.4-litre four-valve V8 engine moves to the XR8 with the introduction of the FG Falcon and is complemented by a new exhaust system with a Semi Active Muffler (SAM). The new exhaust system produces an unsurpassed, sporty V8 exhaust note, while also delivering a more refined interior environment.

A bold 19-inch five-spoke alloy wheel design is available as an option on all XR models.

Falcon Ute

The all-new FG Falcon Ute will go on sale shortly after the mainstream sedan range, offering no compromise performance and functionality, with the ideal mix of truck-like capability and car-like comfort, driveability and safety.

Each model in the new Falcon Ute range represents a unique mix of workhorse and recreational elements, which ensures the job gets done during the workday week, as well as on weekends when its time to getaway.

Falcon Ute
The entry level model, Falcon Ute is available in either Cab Chassis or Styleside Box bodystyles with a choice of engines and transmissions.

Standard powertrain specification is the I6 petrol engine, producing 195kW of power and 391Nm of torque, matched to a new six-speed manual transmission, while the new five-speed automatic transmission with Sequential Sports Shift (SSS) is available as an option. Also optional is the E-Gas dedicated LPG engine, which is matched with the proven four-speed automatic transmission with SSS.

Other features include cloth trim, a single CD audio system with a new, larger Interior Command Centre (ICC) LCD screen, cruise control, four-way power driver's seat, power mirrors and windows, and steering wheel mounted controls for the audio and cruise control systems.

Safety items include driver and passenger airbags, driver and passenger Beltminder® system, and ABS with EBD, while side head/thorax airbags are available as part of an optional Safety Pack that also includes a perimeter alarm system.

R6
The new R6 model introduces an all-new model name to the FG Falcon Ute range, with a host of key sports features that deliver an altogether sportier look, feel and drive, as well as close links to the overt sports XR line-up.

With sports suspension, front fog lamps, 16-inch alloy wheels, XR rockers and rear bumper, and a new, flush-fitting tonneau cover (on the Styleside Box model), the new R6 offers a fresh combination of sports ute dynamism with renowned workhorse capabilities.

On the inside, the R6 features sports bucket seats with unique seat trim, passenger seat lumbar adjustment and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

XR6
The XR6 builds on the specification and equipment of the new R6 model while still offering a wide choice of bodystyles – Cab Chassis and Styleside Box – and powertrains – I6 petrol with six-speed manual or five speed automatic transmissions, or I6 E-Gas with four speed automatic transmission.

The exterior is differentiated by the signature XR double-drop lens headlight treatment, XR front bumper and grille, front fog lamps and unique 17-inch alloy wheels, while Traction Control (TC) adds to the list of standard equipment.

Inside, the XR6 features a sports instrument cluster, sports seats, alloy pedal covers and an aluminium gear shifter on manual transmission models, along with automatic climate control and a sports leather steering wheel. Bluetooth mobile phone integration, iPod Integration and 18-inch alloy wheels are available as part of an optional XR Sports Pack.

XR6 Turbo
Like its sedan cousin, the XR6 Turbo Ute will – for the first time – be specified to the same level as the XR8, with the main difference between the two models being the engines.

The FG Falcon XR6 Turbo Ute builds on the equipment levels of the XR6 with a range of performance and comfort-oriented features, including a 270 kW / 533 Nm I6 Turbo engine, limited slip differential, upgraded front brakes and 18-inch alloy wheels. The world-class ZF six-speed automatic transmission is available as an option.

XR8
The XR8 shares its major equipment specifications with the XR6 Turbo and is differentiated by its engine, the exciting Boss 290 5.4-litre four-valve V8, and signature bonnet power bulge.

A bold 19-inch five-spoke alloy wheel design is available as a stand alone option on all XR Ute models or as part of the XR Luxury Pack, which also includes premium sports interior, leather seat trim, premium audio system and dual zone climate control.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      It's a ford yet I want it... this is an odd sensation.

      • 6 Years Ago
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Posting a comment and link to a personal website is considered SPAM, unless the website has some relevance with the post where the comment has been sent."

        A self-conscious spammer? Well I'll be a monkey's uncle. If you know it's wrong, and you know most people don't like it, then don't try to rationalize it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey "mk": I completely forgot about the S-MAX crossover offered by Ford of Europe! I would import this crossover as the new Mercury Monterey. I also looked at the European Fusion crossover, the European C-MAX, and the European Galaxy, but I don't think they would be worth the expense to convert them to meet U.S. regulations.

      I revised my proposed Mercury lineup to include the following:
      * Capri (3-door, 5-door, and coupe-cabrio)
      * Mondeo (sedan, 5-door, and wagon)
      * Marquis (sedan)
      * Mariner (crossover)
      * Monterey (crossover)
      I dropped the Ford Territory based crossover because I think it would overlap with the S-MAX based Monterey (plus it looks too much like the Taurus X). If Mercury was given 3 variants each of the Capri and the Mondeo in addition to the Marquis, Mariner, and Monterey, I think that would be enough to give this division a pretty decent lineup (I know, dream on).

      The fact that these products would probably need to be sold at higher prices than current Ford product prices is the main reason that I think they should be assigned to Mercury. Ford has an affordable image in the U.S. and I think the prices on the imported products woud cause a sticker shock response from customers if they are badged as Fords in the U.S. Mercury has almost no brand image left in the U.S. and I think it would be easier to transform them into an upscale import division than Ford.

      "mk": I totally agree with your comments about Mazda and Volvo. They don't need rebadged Ford clone products in their lineups to dilute their brand images. The two rebadged Fords that Mazda currently sells (Tribute and B-Series pickup) are totally out of step with the rest of Mazda's U.S. lineup and need to be discontinued.
      • 6 Years Ago
      reminds me of an 09 corolla.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Im from Australia, and while this American blog is showing some interest in the new Falcon, Australia is not.

      Don't get me wrong, this car will sell well, but not well enough. With the invasion of Euro cars, the mid-size car market explosion and rising fuel prices, this large car segment is suffering badly.

      Holden is lucky with their export program, Ford Oz will ultimately end up killing off the Falcon.

      Its a shame, because although you guys think our styling is a little old (most aussies agree with you... i'll take a Euro anyday, but not at the price they ask) the Falcon is a fantastic performer for its price. Nothing compares.

      But if an American imports one, grab the xr6 turbo... you will not be disappointed!!! Its widely known as the best engine Australia has ever built.

      Too bad the Ford dealers don't offer service to match the quality of the car...
      • 6 Years Ago
      1996 r u jokeing i wish they made cars like that back then you need thes cars if ford in the states dont get the F6 XR6T XR8 and GT'S even our uts which you call trucks over ther they must want to lose money the GTO is aussie rember so im sure the falcon would pass any test pretty easy the only thing i think they need to do is move the fuel tank but i think they have all ready done it aussies make the best RWD cars in the world bar cars that cost 6 times more then them and ther still not that far off them. ramiro what cars do Argentia make??? do they make anything ther if you's even make cars no one would buy them so shut up the guys here from the states love them the only thing Argentina have ever done was get you butt kicked by the pomys hahaha so dont be opening up you mouth dribing

      AUSSIES RULE!
      • 6 Years Ago
      More Pics can be found here:

      http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/large-gallery/0,22010,5029668-5013800,00.html

      Also has shots of the new FPV range.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This car evolved from Ford AU's last ground-up redesign of the Falcon which was in the late 90s. This car isn't a radical change like the all-new Commodore because it was done on a shoestring budget. Ford didn't have a billion dollars laying around to put into a sedan for Australia.

      Considering what Ford AU has to work with they've put out a better looking, driving and performing car than what Ford US produces and the countless ugly FWD crapboxes polluting our roads.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Man, there is a lot of Mercury hate in this thread.

      It is depressing to see that people want to throw things away so easily.

      Olds and Plymouth were thrown away too easily. Ford needs the sales, and has the dealer and service network, and could USE the import-market image by using Euro and Australian Fords as Mercurys.

      Mazda designs and sells MAZDA cars. Granted there have been some re-badged trucks, but their cars have all at least had mazda-specific bodywork and interiors. They are not going to want to sell re-badged FORDs from other markets. Volvo isn't going to dilute it's brand image, either.

      FORD, as a brand, tends to be more traditional, like Chevrolet. stretching FORD thin, as a brand, to be traditional, AND modern both at the same time is too much. It will alienate BOTH groups of consumers, and end up in limbo.

      Lincoln is not sporty. Lincoln is luxury-traditional, and even getting back to a bit art-deco. If they do well, maybe they can continue to compete against Buick, and less sporty Infinitis, Audis, lower-line Lexuses, and other luxury cars.

      That leaves Mercury. Merely a re-badged American Ford now...

      IT DOES NOT NEED TO BE IN THAT POSITION. IT CAN BE IMPROVED. It does not need to be written off.

      With Euro and Australian product, if possible, it can support Ford Domestically, by sales increases, and it could also help Ford AU, if they are having trouble.

      Mercury needs to be Ford's premium performance arm. Their Infiniti, for all intents and purposes.

      It is dismaying that CAFE, and other over-regulation is causing GM to re-consider that position for Pontiac, and will likely keep Ford from properly supporting Mercury.

      A premium peformance, modern-style domestic market is somewhat lacking, between the base products like Ford and Chevy, and below Buick, Lincoln and Cadillac.

      Mazda and Volvo are still considered imports by name, and definitely require/demand some amount of design autonomy from Ford.

      Saturn is currently becoming an object lesson that importing products from GM abroad can actually bolster sales, and bring in customers. The Aura and Sky are more compelling, better products than Saturn has had in QUITE some time, possibly the new View and Outlook, as well, if you are into SUVs.

      Ford hasn't picked it up yet, although they can't be deaf enough not to hear the mass complaints that we don't see these superior products in the US.

      If they cancel mercury, they will lose sales. If they re-invent Mercury, the worst case may be that sales stay the same, but there is a very high likelyhood that it would INCREASE sales.

      A sport-oriented, well-equipped RWD turbo sedan, (and coupe, please) and a nice 5-door FWD car, and a sleek people mover, in Mercury branded versions of the Falcon, Mondeo, and S-max would be compelling new products for the american consumer, which might actually bring some new people into FoMoCo dealerships.

      Cancelling Mercury will just mean that the people who don't shop Ford, STILL WON'T, and those who do like Mercury will be turned away. That doesn't make sense.

      It is the easy way out to just write it off, and the easy way is sometimes the wrong way. Doing things right often takes work, but pays off.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like it, it's a great looking car. For some reason, Ford has thought that sedans need to look boring and have styled the Taurus to be as sedate as a car can be. A good looking, reliable, and durable car from Ford would do very well I am imagine.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This car reminds me of the honda civic sedan.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Do I see some Kenitic Design elements in this? I think I do

      very nice looking vehicles!
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