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Ford Australia has release details on the all-new FG Falcon Ute range and the news is promising. Besides the all-new exterior and interior look, the ute receives an all-new front suspension, new engines with more power and torque, and a host of unique Ute features.

The Falcon ute will go on sale next month (June) following the FG Falcon sedan. As was the case with the sedan, there will be new model variants such as the new Falcon R6 models.

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

“The FG Falcon Ute range offers no compromise performance and functionality, with the ideal mix of truck-like capability and car-like comfort, driveability and safety.

The range will be offered with three engine choices,

  • 4.0-litre I6 – 195 kW of power and 391 Nm of torque
  • 4.0-litre I6 Turbo – 270 kW of power and 533 Nm of torque
  • 5.4-litre Boss V8 – 290 kW of power and 520 Nm of torque

2008 Ford FG Falcon Ute

Transmission has also been updated with a six speed manual (Tremec TR6060) and a five-speed automatic with Sequential Sports Shift (SSS) – 5R55S

“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.” Osborne said.

Ford needs a selling point with the FG Falcon Ute, and it has one, buyers can fit a configurable tray – which is not available for the VE Commodore Ute.

The Falcon Ute, R6 and XR6 models are all available with the choice of either a Styleside Box or Cab Chassis configuration. Cab Chassis design has the added benefit of being able to install your own personally configurable tray, completely flat load floor and it’s easy to modify the tray when needed.

2008 Ford FG Falcon Ute R6

For additional practicality the 5R55S five-speed automatic transmission can be positioned as a column shift automatic on certain FG Falcon Ute models, replacing the four-speed column shift automatic used previously on BF Falcon MkII.

2008 Ford FG Falcon Ute

This frees up the centre console in the middle of the cabin and allows for a three-seater configuration.

The third, middles seat (with a removable/rotatable headrest) comes standard with Falcon utes ordered with the column shift automatic transmissions. However when it’s not in use, the centre seat backrest can be folded down to provide a centre armrest for driver and passenger, with two cupholders set into the rear of the backrest.

All FG Falcon Utes (except R6 and XR models) now come equipped with a revised leaf spring-type Hotchkiss suspension made specifically for carrying heavy loads.

2008 Ford FG Falcon Ute R6

Ford says the reason behind sticking with leaf springs is due to its ability to allow the vehicle’s load to be spread over more of the chassis than is possible with a coil spring-type rear suspension, which transfers the load to a single point on either side of the vehicle.

The front, however, is a different story with the utes fitted with monotube shock absorbers. As for the Falcon R6 and Falcon XR Ute variants, the front monotube shock absorbers are also carried over on the rear suspension, for much better handling, although carry-load is compromised.

Certain Falcon Ute and R6 Cab Chassis variants come standard with one-tonne suspension. The twin-tube shock absorbers on the rear suspension can be optioned on other models.

2008 Ford FG Falcon Ute

The Falcon Ute Cab Chassis model, along with the XR6 Cab Chassis optioned with the one-tonne suspension, can both take a 1240 kg payload and have a maximum Gross Combined Mass (GCM) rating of 4890 kgBeating the Holden Ute in another category, the automatic Falcon utes have a class-leading, maximum braked towing capacity of up to 2300 kg (when fitted with a genuine Ford heavy duty towpack and load levelling kit).

Without the kit, the automatic Ute is rated for up to 1600 kg, while manual transmission models have a maximum towing capacity of up to 1200 kg.

The SD card-based satellite navigation system from the FG Falcon sedan is now also available on the FG ute range. Additionally, there is the availability of iPod and Bluetooth mobile phone integration across the FG Falcon Ute range.

2008 Ford FG Falcon Ute

The bluetooth and iPod connections are available via an optional Technology Pack.

Though we have all heard the Falcon will be the first Aussie built car with a five-star safety rating, we are yet to see the official results. However safety has definitely been improved over the outgoing model.

2008 Ford FG Falcon Ute

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

“Highly technical door pressure sensors and dual upfront sensors provide earlier detection of potential crash incidents than ever before. No other Australian-built vehicle incorporates advanced crash sensors such as those on the new Falcon. Detection of crash situations is instantaneous, as the sensors literally hear the event occurring through pressure waves – before the panels have even started to deform.” said Ford Australia’s Chief Engineer of Virtual Engineering Adam Frost.

The system incorporates a dual stage driver airbag and front passenger airbag as standard equipment across the range, with new vent sizes, folding patterns, inflators and increased volume providing enhanced injury protection.

Fortunately Head/thorax protecting side airbags are available as part of a Safety Enhancement option pack on every Falcon Ute model.

Click through for more details and gallery on each mode:

  1. 2008 Ford FG Falcon XR8 Ute
  2. 2008 Ford FG Falcon XR6 Turbo Ute
  3. 2008 Ford FG Falcon XR6 Ute
  4. 2008 Ford FG Falcon R6 Ute
  5. 2008 Ford FG Falcon Ute

Series

Powertrain

Bodystyle

Falcon Ute

I6 Petrol 6MT (std)
I6 Petrol 5AT (opt)
I6 E-Gas 4AT (opt)

Cab Chassis
Styleside Box

R6

I6 Petrol 6MT (std)
I6 Petrol 5AT (opt)
I6 E-Gas 4AT (opt)

Cab Chassis
Styleside Box

XR6

I6 Petrol 6MT (std)
I6 Petrol 5AT (opt)
I6 E-Gas 4AT (opt)

Cab Chassis
Styleside Box

XR6 Turbo

I6 Turbo 6MT (std)
I6 Turbo 6AT (opt)

Styleside Box

XR8

V8 Petrol 6MT (std)
V8 Petrol 6AT (opt)

Styleside Box



  • O – F

    Does it come with bench seat and LPG?

  • Stav

    Wre are the FPV’s??

  • http://www.myspace.com/tjantilag Tom Jakovljevic

    Its going to funny when the turbo 6′s smash the v8 into the weeds performance wise :)

  • Glen

    Tom, people who want a V8 are still gonna get a V8 no matter about the performance. Remember when the EF & EL XR6′s were quicker than the XR8 and people still bought the XR8.

  • http://www.myspace.com/tjantilag Tom Jakovljevic

    People were also ignorant 10 years ago as to the performance potential and lifespan of turbo cars.

    Mark my words the turbo has and will outsell the 8.

  • acfsambo

    I think Ford is making the XR6T as good or better than the XR8 as it will be remover (or severely downgraded) when the new V6 come in. And in 2010/2011 a new V8 for Ford is coming so that is when Ford will push the V8′s again. They want the Turbo to outsell the V8, so they can make as many of the engines as possible and get as much out of the plant as it can before it closes.

    And the FPV’s will probably be shown closer to June as that is when they are getting released.

  • Masynee

    No doubt they’ll be very good vehicles like the sedan. From a looks perspective, the Commodore ute has the advantage with the smooth one mold side body.

  • Andrew M

    Tom Jakovljevic,
    wow thats a pretty out there prediction considering the turbo 6 already does outsell the V8

    agree with Glen though,
    people buy V8′s for a different reason. the sound and feel when you drop the right boot in, heritage etc etc

  • Cameron

    Ford ute 5, Commodore ute 0
    It seems the BA and BF were ford playing catch-up, now its holden’s turn.

  • Andrew M

    cameron,
    what do you mean ford playing catch up?

    falcon ute has lead the sales race over the commy ute for many many years including the entire time during the AU series

  • http://. Naughtyius Maximus

    There out there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Love the look and cute

  • Oz.

    The base model ute looks a good work horse! I think the XR series utes look all right, but it’s the sedans that do it for me.

  • trackdaze

    If you drink premix alcopops, prefer your croisonts (spelling?) warm not hot & your razer gets worn out on your legs not your face then buy the “show pony” commodore ute.

    But if you wear your Wifebeaters till they disintegrate, The coffee table is covered in motorbike parts & your best friends name is blue or red then go for the Falcon ute.

  • http://. Naughtyius Maximus

    Agree OZ – I do really like the look and dont think its that close to previous model after seeing close ups! Love the look and love the colours too!

  • Craig lowndes.

    The fg ute looks great,the design team did a awsome job and cant wait to drive xr6t and xr8.Craig lowndes limited editions will be released later in the year i hope.

  • TP

    Anyone see ‘Test Drives’ bit on the Falcon. People who say Toyota spend big bucks on advertising need to get their head examined, the whole show was a Falcon marketing campaign.

  • Duck

    Keep kidding youself Craig Lowndes. An awesome job…………………my as* it was! Its hardly different!

  • Tony M

    One of the major pluses of the FG ute is it can either be used as a “work horse” or you can dress it up as a defacto 2 door sports car. The VE ute with its flared guards is limited to show poney status. It doesn’t have the carry capacity of the FG or the pulling power unless you go for a V8. I think the FG is more versitile.
    I recently saw a new FG F6E in Melbourne, and believe me it does stand out. The FG Falcon has suttle lines in the body work which exsentuate the class of the car.

  • Ford G Series

    Duck stop kidding yourself, Ford will kick that VE ass to the kerb…

    Ford Go Better !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Duck

    The saying is “Holden Go better!!!!!!!” not ford!

    Havent you seen the ads?

  • Duck

    Ford G Series, Ive asked you before but what do you thinks better (will be) the G series or WM Series? Because we all know ford havent been good when its come to its rival with its long wheelbase luxo!

  • Craig lowndes.

    The boys did an awesome job i cant wait to hand over my 46k,i own a ba xr8 and cant wait to upgrade.Duck dont kid yourself the fg kills the ve even with a 6.0 or 7.0.Hardly different get your eyes checked another holden lover i see.Whos winning races ford team 888,not the ugly ve thats for sure,I agree with the G series.As for the luxury side of things looks like g6e turbo vs grange we would love to see that.Craig Lowndes 888.

  • Craig lowndes.

    Hsv go better with a 7.0 and 168k price tag,i think ford go better in price department as for the turbo well,enough said.Craig Lowndes 888.

  • Mike

    Prefer the VE look. Looks much more agressive. However, I did see the new Falcon sedan in the flesh and I must admit it is one very nice looking car, should give the VE a run in the sales department. And I’m Holden blood….

  • jp

    trackdaze Says:
    May 10th, 2008 at 8:18 am
    If you drink premix alcopops, prefer your croisonts (spelling?) warm not hot & your razer gets worn out on your legs not your face then buy the “show pony” commodore ute.

    But if you wear your Wifebeaters till they disintegrate, The coffee table is covered in motorbike parts & your best friends name is blue or red then go for the Falcon ute.

    Ha ha bloody hilarious should be on the ford ad campaign with holden utes gettin driven by metro’s!!!! Duck u r useless….. ford go better …. yes he has seen the ad, hence he took the piss out of it, honestly how old are u?

  • Cobra & GT40

    How in bloody hell does Holdenwoo VE “go better” when they have had 4 recalls, battery issues, numerous electrical problem’s, many warranty claim’s just to name a few, Ford are not perfect, but overall they have better car’s and win more awards, since the BA holden are still playing catch up, why, VE won the biased award from Wheels magazine (so bloody what) but unfortunately also missed out on the important award like Austrlia’s best car accolade, sorry Holden, Ford trumps again with FG, outclassing any close rival…

  • Duck

    For anybody that wants to know the “American” V6 replacing the Ford I6 will be from a 2009 Lincoln MKS sedan 3.7litre a upgraded version of the 08 Lincoln MKZ sedan 3.5litre engine which had 196kW and 338Nm.

    Though the engine for the V6 falcon from 2010 (the Lincoln MKS 3.7litre engine) has outputs of:

    Power: 201kW @ 6250rpm
    Torque: 359kW @ 4250rpm
    Redline: 6750rpm

  • Louie

    I have been installing car phone kits since they have been available. I do work for several ford dealerships and have been seeking a wiring diagram for the new falcon so that I can determine the pickup point for the power,mute and audio input to the sterio as in the BA and BF falcons. Is there such a pickup point or do you have to use the bluetooth unit that comes with the car? Would love a reply as to the possibility of being able to integrate and after market car kit with the new model.

  • Bob

    I Love Ford Utes i wish i was old enough to have one now