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by Tim Beissmann

The first images and details of the upgraded Ford Falcon FG MkII have been released, revealing revised exterior styling, enhanced interior technology and added safety features.

The Falcon FG MkII will hit showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2011, and will be followed by the heavily anticipated Ford Falcon EcoBoost early in 2012.

The new exterior design is a subtle revision of the first-generation FG Falcon, adopting front-end styling reminiscent of the updated Ford Territory SZ and taking cues from the global One Ford design theme.

Every new model gets a smaller upper grille and a larger octagonal lower grille, along with revised headlight and fog light assemblies.

The highlight of the cabin is the Interior Command Centre (ICC), which is standard on all models except the entry-level XT sedan and XL ute.

The eight-inch colour touchscreen incorporates a range of features, including audio and phone settings, and satellite navigation systems for the higher models.

Standard in the new G6E and G6E Turbo models, the new sat-nav gets a range of new features including Suna Traffic Message Channel, ‘green routing’ (calculates most economical routes, as well as the fastest and shortest routes), 3D map mode, overspeed and speed camera warnings, street house number display, and a number of other new functions.

The fully integrated touchscreen interface replaces the old remote control navigation system.

All new models get a revised instrument cluster layout with new designs and graphics, promising improved functionality. All audio systems feature USB connectivity with full head-unit integration.

Six airbags – dual front, side and curtains – will be standard on all sedan models, with the new XT, G6, XR6 and XR6 Turbo now matching the G6E and G6E Turbo. All sedans also get rear parking sensors.  All utes will come with four airbags (dual front and sides).

The ‘Generation 9.0’ Dynamic Stability Control system is standard across the new Falcon line-up, with the entry-level XL ute benefitting from DSC, traction control and brake assist for the first time.

Power outputs remain the same for all models, and Ford is yet to confirm whether efficiency gains have been made across the range.

New features model by model:

Ford Falcon FG MkII XT

  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Restyled front bumper, grille and other finishes
  • USB music port
  • Curtain airbags
  • Reverse sensing system

Options:

  • Premium Interior Command Centre (ICC) with eight-inch colour touchscreen

Ford Falcon FG MkII G6

  • New 17-inch alloy wheel design
  • Restyled front bumper, grille and other finishes (satin alloy upper grille finish, chrome lower grille surround)
  • Premium Interior Command Centre (ICC) with eight-inch colour touchscreen

Ford Falcon FG MkII G6E

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Restyled front bumper, grille and other finishes (satin alloy upper grille finish, chrome lower grille surround)
  • Projector headlights
  • Front LED lamps
  • Satellite navigation system with Traffic Message Channel
  • Vehicle alarm

Ford Falcon FG MkII G6E Turbo

  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Sports projector headlights

Ford Falcon FG MkII XR6

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • XR sports projector healights
  • Restyled front bumper, upper and lower grilles, fog lamp treatment
  • Premium Interior Command Centre (ICC) with eight-inch colour touchscreen

Options:

  • XR Luxury Pack:
    • Leather seats
    • Dual-zone climate control
    • Eight-speaker premium audio system, 150-watt amplifier and subwoofer
    • Reverse camera
    • Satellite navigation system with Traffic Message Channel
    • New 19-inch alloy wheel design

Ford Falcon FG MkII XR6 Turbo

  • Unique fog lamp treatment with chrome/high-silver finish

Options:

  • XR Luxury Pack:
    • Leather seats
    • Dual-zone climate control
    • Eight-speaker premium audio system, 150-watt amplifier and subwoofer
    • Reverse camera
    • Satellite navigation system with Traffic Message Channel
    • New 19-inch alloy wheel design

Ford Falcon FG MkII XL Ute

  • Restyled front bumper, grille and other finishes
  • USB music port
  • Dynamic Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • Emergency Brake Assist
  • Side airbags

Options:

  • Premium Interior Command Centre (ICC) with eight-inch colour touchscreen

Ford Falcon FG MkII XR6 Ute

  • Limited slip differential
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Sports projector headlights
  • Restyled front bumper, upper and lower grilles, fog lamp treatment
  • Sports bar (with soft tonneau cover)
  • Premium Interior Command Centre (ICC) with eight-inch colour touchscreen

Options:

    • Leather seats
    • Dual-zone climate control
    • Satellite navigation system with Traffic Message Channel
    • New 19-inch alloy wheel design

Ford Falcon FG MkII XR6 Turbo Ute

  • Unique fog lamp treatment with chrome/high-silver finish

Options:

  • XR Luxury Pack:
    • Leather seats
    • Dual-zone climate control
    • Satellite navigation system with Traffic Message Channel
    • New 19-inch alloy wheel design

Ford says the new Falcon FG MkII delivers major advances in vehicle refinement. Comfort and quietness have been improved, with engineers focusing on reducing exhaust, driveline, wind and road noise, and upgrading the sound-deadening package.

The four-cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost engine will be available in the Falcon XT, G6 and G6E models from early in 2012. The Falcon will become the first vehicle in the world to combine EcoBoost technology with a rear-wheel drive architecture, and this new powertrain promises significant improvements in fuel economy and emissions.

Ford Australia will release more details on the Falcon EcoBoost closer to its launch next year.

Ford Australia President and CEO, Bob Graziano, said the upgrades to the Falcon FG MkII would “make a great Australian car even better”.

“FG Falcon MkII builds on the success of the FG Falcon program, as well as the recently released new Territory range, by offering customers more equipment and the latest technology innovations, while continuing to deliver outstanding performance, fuel efficiency, refinement and safety.”

Pricing details of the Ford Falcon FG MkII will be released in the coming months. Stay tuned.




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