While its days may be numbered, Ford isn't just going to let its Falcon sedan limp out for the Australian market. No, the Blue Oval is releasing a refreshed Falcon for its final years, and it's lead by this, the new XR8. That's right, this dead-car-driving is going to go out on a high note.

Ford's global design DNA dominates the looks of the new Falcon, with a grille reminiscent of the US market Fusion and the European-market Mondeo. The headlights aren't a straight port, and boast their own unique LED running light pattern (at least on the XR8), but the overall look is strikingly similar. Out back, LED taillights highlight the rear of the Faclon. Despite the substantial new fascia, this is still a mid-cycle refresh. That means most of the rest of the Falcon's body panels are carryovers from the current model.

The XR8 model, shown above, arrives with a supercharged V8, allegedly displacing 5.0 liters. Unfortunately, details on the Falcon's mechanicals are in remarkably short supply. Ford has committed to a range of turbocharged four, as well as turbocharged and naturally aspirated six-cylinders, in addition to the V8, although specifics on those mills aren't available.

It isn't just information that's in short supply ­– official images of the new Falcon are limited to the pic you see above. Of course, we're working on getting more of both, and as soon as that happens, we'll be sure to update this post. Scroll down for the brief, styling-focused press release from Ford.
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Ford Falcon XR8

Ford revealed the new Falcon XR8 performance sedan that blends the car's iconic history with Ford's new global design DNA to achieve the development team's goal of creating the best Falcon ever.

The Falcon XR6 and XR8 showcase the Australian design team's interpretation of Ford's global design DNA with a signature trapezoidal grille, chiseled head lamp treatment and smoother, wrap-around tail-lamps with LED technology. These features accentuate the high levels of design refinement that will appear across the refreshed Falcon range.

As a mark of distinction among the sporty XR series, the XR8 features strong exterior graphics with a distinct sporty front end treatment, as well as signature bonnet power dome that has been enhanced for the 2014 Falcon XR8. This is complemented by a specific exhaust system tuned for the sporty V8 exhaust note.

The Exterior Design Manager for the new Falcon, Nima Nourian, said the Australian design team drew on all the visual strength of the existing XR series, which provided a perfect canvas to develop the 2014 Falcon XR series.

"The challenge was delivering a powerful, yet premium look for the 2014 car," Nourian said. "I'm proud of the fact that the new Falcon XR builds on an already distinctive design and yet delivers a whole new personality. The Falcon is acknowledged as being one of the most iconic Australian sedans available but the 2014 Falcon pushes this theme further forward. Our customers will easily identify the new Falcon by its premium look."

On the sports XR models, the head lamp treatment is a key differentiator, which in past XR models had featured a distinctive sporty quad-head lamp design.

There XR's slim head lamps provide a high-end technical look and feature 'hockey stick'-style LED daytime running lamps that mimic the "double drop" headlight treatment of past XRs. The lens reflectors also get distinctive "XR" shields inset into the overall head lamp design. There are also unique fog lamp bezels.

"With the XR6 and XR8 the front end is not only sporty but has a premium look, which will also be apparent across the Falcon range," Nourian said. "We did that by implementing the signature Ford trapezoidal grille shape high on the front end to provide a more purposeful look which is a signature look on most of our vehicles globally. This new layout is further enhanced by the slim head-lamps flanking either side of the grille. The headlamps have distinct technical graphics and detailing inside as well as clever use of materials and finishes. On the XR series, we wanted a three-dimensional honey-comb grille mesh, which visually demonstrates the sporty nature of the car. The power dome on the XR8 also further enhances this look. The power dome expresses the car's intention and for our XR8 customers, will be an instantly recognisable difference."

The 2014 Falcon XR8 power dome now extends up to the windscreen cowl to deliver a stronger look. "This look is also found on the Mustang that will arrive next year so it's perfectly in keeping with Ford's V8 performance vehicles," Nourian said.

The strong family resemblance not only links Falcon to the new Mustang but highlights DNA shared with the new Mondeo which joins the line-up in Australia next year.

On the rear, the jeweled split tail-lamps accentuate the car's wide, purposeful stance and smooth exterior lines. The new tail -lamps use LED technology while the new sculpted boot lid has an integrated rear spoiler on XR models. A bespoke lower diffuser on the XR8 houses the round quad exhaust tips and further emphasizes the performance of the XR8 from the rear view.

"For customers, the exterior of the 2014 Falcon - particularly the XR models - is distinctive and the rear of the car takes on a wider stance. It will stand out from the crowd," Nourian said.

Ford President and CEO, Bob Graziano, said the XR8 badge was a welcomed return to the Falcon line-up. "We're very excited by the return of the XR8, as this badge has not been seen on a Falcon since 2010," he said. "Our enthusiasts have been asking for it so we've purposely revealed the Falcon XR6 and XR8 first."

With the return of the V8 into the Falcon portfolio, Graziano said Falcon will be the only Australian-made large sedan available that has the choice of three engines, the acclaimed EcoBoost four, in-line six or V8 petrol engines.

"Four, six, or eight; our customers will have more choice," Graziano said. "To enhance the choice too, our six cylinder customers will also be able to choose between the locally developed EcoLPi engine or Turbo six cylinder, as well as the naturally aspirated six."

"Quite simply, we think this is the best Falcon ever. I just couldn't be more pleased with what the talented local team's been able to accomplish, I'm really proud of them," Graziano said. "When you look at cars like the new Falcon, it's easy to understand why we are now leading global projects such as the new Everest which is designed and engineered in Australia for the world."


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      UnderdogSupporter
      • 5 Months Ago
      Why could they not just Chang the grill and sell this as a Lincoln? It would have been the best car in Lincoln's sorry lineup.
      Doh boy
      • 5 Months Ago
      How come they can make the mustang right hand drive, but couldn't make this left hand drive?
        Daniel D
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Doh boy
        Ford Australia was effectively banned by Ford US from export markets where it competed with the US team.
        Nowae Amigivingittwo
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Doh boy
        Yeah what about that Ford!!!!!!!!!!!!!????????????? GM has a LHD Holden Statesman as a Caprice PPV and a Chevy Caprice in the Middle East.
      Captain Re-Wipe
      • 5 Months Ago
      looks much nicer than a fusion.
      Rick
      • 5 Months Ago
      Shame all the proper Ford sedans are in Australia.
      Greg
      • 5 Months Ago
      Lincoln needs a version of this car.
        Irvin
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Greg
        Our new designed Lincoln sure is ugly. I know this old guy that always bought Lincolns, until this new design, now he now has and MB 300.
      Avinash Machado
      • 5 Months Ago
      Sad to see a cool car like this being axed.
        Nowae Amigivingittwo
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        Sad that Ford didn't leverage the cost of this platform in other models esp. in the US. Remains to be seen if they'll do that for the 15 Mustang platform, sadly not hopeful
      paulwilson05
      • 5 Months Ago
      bring to USA kthx
      r3bman
      • 5 Months Ago
      Throw the steering wheel on the left, toss in the twin turbo V6 and sell in the US. Profit!
      JaredN
      • 5 Months Ago
      The last of the V8 Interceptors.
      Teleny411
      • 5 Months Ago
      Lincoln?????
      orchestral.whips
      • 5 Months Ago
      I am in the mountains in the northeast and will be shopping for a new AWD car early next year. I'll probably hold my nose to give the Taurus SHO a test drive because they supposedly work good, but ugly looks and the cramped interior make this a hard sell. I will be cross-shopping against the Chrysler 300 Hemi AWD, so good luck to you. Can't really wait for a new better-looking Taurus. Gotta say, this Aussie Falcon would have been a slam-dunk sale to me if it were available here...I'd have walked into my dealer with a "Shut up and take my money!" attitude....
      vegasstyleguy
      • 5 Months Ago
      If this were a Taurus I'd care. It's not. I don't.
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