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by Tim Beissmann

The refreshed Ford FG Falcon MkII will be significantly cheaper than the model it replaces, with Ford Australia slashing between $2555 and $3655 off the price of every model in the range.

The FG MkII update brings with it a number of standard equipment enhancements, making the new Ford Falcon between $3605 and $8255 better value than the FG MkI, depending on the variant.

The range-topping Falcon G6E Turbo MkII benefits the most from the model upgrade. Now priced from $56,235, the new model is $2755 cheaper than before and comes standard with $5500 worth of additional features, including a new multimedia centre with 8.0-inch colour touchscreen and satellite navigation, as well as LED daytime running lights, a vehicle alarm and new 19-inch alloy wheels.

The most popular model in the range, the XR6, drops $3000 to $39,990. Its added features – 18-inch alloy wheels, sports projector headlights, and eight-inch colour touchscreen Premium Interior Command Centre – make it $5650 better value than before.

The entry-level Falcon XT is now $37,235, falling from $40,290. Ford Australia says the FG MkII XT is $4105 better value than before thanks to the addition of 16-inch alloy wheels, curtain airbags, reversing sensors and a USB music port.

The full details of the specification upgrades to the new Ford FG Falcon MkII can be found here.

Ford Australia President and CEO Bob Graziano said the FG MkII is the “most advanced, most comprehensively equipped and best value large car Ford Australia has ever produced”.

“At Ford, we recognise that Australians work hard for their money and want vehicles that deliver outstanding value,” Mr Graziano said.

“The improvements we’re making to the award-winning Falcon range with the introduction of FG Falcon MkII, combined with the strong value proposition presented by the revised list pricing, highlight the attractiveness of our large car package – a car designed, engineered and built in Australia to meet the needs of Australian customers.”

 

Ford Australia’s Justin Lacy said the Ford FG Falcon MkII would arrive in national showrooms “bang on Christmas time”, either late in December of early in January. The facelifted package will be joined early in 2012 by the fuel efficient four-cylinder EcoBoost – the car that Ford Australia hopes will convince Australians to stick with its large family sedan rather than downsize to smaller models that have traditionally been cheaper to run.

Ford Falcon manufacturer’s list prices (excluding government and dealer charges):

Sedan:

  • XT – $37,235 (-$3055)
  • XR6 – $39,990 (-$3000)
  • XR6 Turbo – $46,235 (-$2755)
  • G6 – $40,835 (-$2555)
  • G6E – $46,735 (-$3655)
  • G6E Turbo – $56,235 (-$2755)

Ute:

  • XL (C/C) – $27,590 (-$3505)
  • XL (SSB) – $27,990 (-$3405)
  • XR6 (C/C) – $34,890 (-$3000)
  • XR6 (SSB) – $35,190 (-$3000)
  • XR6 Turbo – $39,190 (-$3000)



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