Ford Australia insists the inline six-cylinder petrol engine in the Falcon has not reached its fuel efficiency limit despite the powerplant not benefitting from any economy improvements as part of the FG MkII upgrade.

Ford today revealed the official fuel consumption data for the updated model. The LPG-powered Falcon EcoLPi sedans enjoy economy improvements of 0.2 litres/100km, while the petrol-powered XR6 Turbo ute is now 0.1 litres/100km more economical. Ford Australia’s Justin Lacy said the small efficiency gains were achieved through engine recalibration work and software changes, and were the result of retesting of the Falcon range.

 

The Ford FG MkII Falcon range is in production now and will filter through to showrooms between the end of December and the end of January.

The most economical models in the range (XT, G6, G6E, XR6 sedans) continue to use 9.9 litres/100km on the combined cycle, 11.2 per cent more than the most economical Holden Commodore models (Omega, Berlina sedans), which use 8.9 litres/100km. The four-cylinder Falcon EcoBoost is expected to achieve official consumption of around 8.0-8.5 litres/100km when it goes on sale around April next year.

Despite the apparent stagnancy of the naturally aspirated six-cylinder engine’s fuel figures, Lacy said work was “constantly being done” to improve efficiency and insisted the engine’s potential had not been reached.

“There’s never a final point where there’s a limit,” Lacy said, promising that consumers would continue to see “incremental improvements” as Ford’s engineers worked on the vehicles.

 

Lacy said the next wave of improvements to the Falcon’s economy may not come in the form of engine upgrades, but could come about through reductions in overall vehicle weight, improved transmission efficiency and improved vehicle aerodynamics, which are three key focuses of Ford internationally.

Any improvements may still be some way off however, as Lacy admitted the current numbers “will probably stand for some time to come”.

He said Ford Australia’s engineers had “a lot more work to do” to meet the upcoming Euro 5 emissions standards, which will be phased in progressively from November 2013 to November 2016. Euro 5 requires a 25 per cent reduction in NOx emissions and introduces maximum limits on particulate matter and non-methane hydrocarbon emissions.

Ford upgraded the Falcon range in June last year to make it compliant with Euro 4 emissions regulations, improving fuel consumption between 5.7 and 8.5 per cent across most models.

Ford FG MkII Falcon sedan:

Model Transmission L/100km Improvement g/km CO2 Improvement
XT Six-speed auto 9.9 236
XT EcoLPi Six-speed auto 12.3 0.2 L/100km 199 4 g/km
G6 Six-speed auto 9.9 236
G6 EcoLPi Six-speed auto 12.4 0.2 L/100km 202 2 g/km
G6E Six-speed auto 9.9 236
G6E EcoLPi Six-speed auto 12.4 0.2 L/100km 202 2 g/km
G6E Turbo Six-speed auto 11.7 278
XR6 Six-speed manual 11.1 264
XR6 Six-speed auto 9.9 236
XR6 EcoLPi Six-speed auto 12.4 0.2 L/100km 202 2 g/km
XR6 Turbo Six-speed manual 12.0 287
XR6 Turbo Six-speed auto 11.7 278

 

Ford FG MkII Falcon ute:

Model Transmission L/100km Improvement g/km CO2 Improvement
XL Six-speed manual 11.7 279
XL Six-speed auto 10.7 255
XL EcoLPi Six-speed auto 13.9 226
XR6 Six-speed manual 11.7 279
XR6 Six-speed auto 10.7 255
XR6 EcoLPi Six-speed auto 13.9 226
XR6 Turbo Six-speed manual 12.7 303
XR6 Turbo Six-speed auto 12.4 0.1 L/100km 292 7 g/km



  • Robin_Graves

    The figures are not representative of real life.  The 3.0 SILI needs its neck wrung to move the heavy mass while the falcon six pulls like a train.  The Falcon gets much better real world economy and is a much better drive.  The 3.0 is a marketing ploy that the Holden sheep keep swallowing.

  • Oliver H Cowan

    I’m sure BMW would love to prove them wrong.

  • Snoop

    As much as I love the Ford I6, unfortunately that slight improvement in fuel economy won’t win Falcon any sales.
    It’s going to take alot for Ford to get sales up and they’re running out of time.
    I think for people to gain confidence in Falcon again is to lose about 200kg and gain fuel numbers like those of the Euros.

    How Holden still hangs in there with that V6 I can’t understand.
    It fell apart for Ford with the AU.
    Even by today’s standards it’s one hell of a balanced car
    Unfortunately the looks killed what was and still is a great car to drive.

  • Karl

    It would be great to see this engine go direct injection and with gain an alloy block.
    Keep the inline 6 layout and long stroke but maybe slightly downsized.

  • Laurie

    Would it benefit from having a 8 speed ZF auto!! 

    • Frostie

      Well, since it’s a Ford Inline-6 it’s definitely got the low to mid range torque to haul-ass in 8th gear at the freeway speed limit.

  • Meestanob

    Real world vs. paper is a different prospect.

    If you can get these ‘economical’ V6 alternatives anywhere near their paper figures (or the Falcons, for that matter) you’re doing better than 99.9% of the population. The Falcon’s I6 is a beauty and it does just what you want it to every time. Want cruise and sip the fuel, it can do it. Want to pass a semitrailer within a second or two then pull back in the left lane, it can do that too.

    The Falcon’s competitors, despite on-paper figures indications, CAN NOT do this while maintaining their advertised economy figures at the same time.

    The only thing obviously wrong with the I6 is that it’s heavy and doesn’t have direct injection. Both of these can be fixed with more R&D funding, and both of these would further improve it’s fuel economy out of sight.

    It’s a great, yet under appreciated engine. If they had BMW levels of money going into the I6 it would win engine of the year every year.

    • Snoop

      I totally agree.
      The I6 is such a great engine. I don’t know where these reliability comments come from. They are one of the strongest engines available.
      You are right. The engine can be improved alot.
      Anyone that calls the I6 a crap engine, hasn’t had the pleasure of dring one.
      Either that or they’re brand biased.
      The Falcon isn’t much bigger than a current medium sized car.
      The only downfall is weight, consumption and stigma.
      The I6 matched with the ZF is something I wish happened 10 years ago.

    • Guest

      What a load of nonsense. It’s easy to better the ADR figures. My parents VZ Bommodore is supposed to use 11.1L100km, it’s easy enough to get it down to 8.5 though generally it is around the 10.0 mark. Similarly I spent a bit of time in a old Mercedes S430 with a 12.3L100km rating, it will go down to 8.8L100km. Both cars can be given a bootful every now and then without the economy suffering.

      Mercedes hasn’t spent a cent on their 200KW 3.5 V6 for 10 years – it doesn’t have direct injection either and in the E350 body is as heavy as a Falcon but despite the Falcon having constant updates during the E350s lifespan, Falcon still uses more fuel.

      How do you know Ford Au doesn’t have BMW levels of money for a individual engine going into it? Do you have figures for both companys?

      • marc

        well what you talking about is limited to driving environment… for those figures you are stating – what is the average KM/H… I am driving V6 and I know that this affects a lot… ave. speed 30 km/h = 15l per 100km; ave. speed 35 km/h = 13.5l per 100km… ave. speed 40 km/h = 12.5l per 100km…

    • davie

      Do you honestly believe that ford will ever spend another cent on R&D for the I6 engine?

      be honest now.

      The FG platform is due to be replaced by either an FWD/AWD global shared platform or a shared mustang platform.

      This is a fact. Look up “global ford platform” on google if you need to.

      The engine is used only in 2 models (falcon/territory). The territory only offers the I6 with one variant.

      There is a global v6 engine which ford uses in the USA and nearly put into the falcon.

      You are suggesting that ford will just flick a switch and the I6 will suddenly have an alloy block and DI? Ford don’t have infinite cash. They are simply waiting the existing falcons lifespan out in the cheapest way possible.

  • VW

    The petrol I6 is dead. Its LPG or Ecoboost. The I6 is a great engine (massive amounts of torque) but until Ford get serious about it (eg direction injection etc) then they are just all talk.

  • Gan-man

    Proton spent close to 60 million dollars turbocharging their 4 cylinder 1.6 litre mill, Please ford, give them the funds for direct injection and leave the turbo on from the XR6, maybe downsized for less lag and torque at lower rpm. Its one of the best engines around.. dreaming of falcons in Malaysia where 0-100 in 10 seconds constitutes sporty!! I have to put up with this shit when i moved out of australia… poor me.

  • Aaronhunter

    The commodore figures are not combined Hwy/city the ford falcon is …. Falcon actually get better economy on HWY than the commodore

    • Guest

      The figures are ADR combined figures. Both cars run through the same simulated driving test and bommodore uses less fuel.

      • Gotthegbs

        Yes you are correct.
        But in real world driving the Falcon uses less. Remember the test between the 3.0 SIDI and the Falcon at Bathurst? They did 1000 KM and the Falcon used less petrol overall. And remember it is a public road so they weren’t racing. If they were it would have been a real butt kicking!!
        The Commode is to big for the completely underwhelming 3 litre. The Ecoboost will be a much better engine and use less petrol.

      • http://www.facebook.com/priusfreezone Matthew Werner

        keyword simulated – sitting in a air conditioned room, not going up and down any hills, or moving through the air

  • Kiran-sb

    the i6 is such a great engine that sounds great and full of torque. The commondore engine is absolute rubbish both the SILI and the 3.8 lt unit. youll even get beter HWY mileage in the straight six compared to the stupid which has not accesible torguw until you hammer the stupid thing

    • Devil’s Advocate

      Just as well then Kiran-sb that the 3.8 hasn’t been in the Commodore for quite a few years now… ;-)

  • Mick

    I agree, alloy block + direct injection + Twin VCT (on inlet and exhaust, not just one), plus a bit of weight shedding on the Falcon, it would give a very sizeable gain in fuel economy.  

  • Gibbut

    ecoboost SHOULD own the gutless 3.0L holden engine.

    i laugh at the folks who say the ecoboost wont power the heavy falcon, that would still rate holdens 3.0L boat anchor.

  • Bj57

    Those factory figures are a joke!

  • Mr Plow

    Flogging a dead horse. Since hardly anyone will buy a Falcon, who cares? Kill it off already and focus on the Mondeo.

  • Gan Tan

    Ford just needs to cut 200kg off the car, carbon fibre bonnet and roof, lighter wheels, lighter seats, less welds

    • Dave S

      Weight is strength. Short of using expensive carbon fibre or an aluminium chassis, I cant see how it can be done. BMW recently released the M5 which weighs over 1800ks. You would think if any car should shed 200kg’s it would be a spots sedan like that.

      They are doing good things with the Falcon, but if they was to sell more – show us a Falcon wagon or a V8 model.

      Anybody concerned with weight and economy is likely to more to something smaller or even the Mondeo. Show us a large wagon, or a V8 Falcon. Do you best to stop the V8 fans moving to Holden.

      Why give your sales away?

  • Mick

    I don’t know how much the iron block engine weighs, but changing that to alloy alone should go quite some way to losing 200kg…

    • Drac

      Going to the alloy 4cyl ecoBoost only saved 50kg.

  • Andrew

    Diesel engine in the Falcon. Then and only then I’d be interested.

  • smc

    there are a couple of issues to do with the engines.  the power levels.  if they go direct injection you would expect a jump of around 12% in power, this would take it over the 200kw mark and would preclude a lot of young drivers from having one.
    also the v6 engine that ford has in the US will not pass ford AUS testing standards which are the toughest in the ford world i believe.  that is why it was dropped.  if fell 75000km short on durability.
    lets face it the good old straight six if you change once every year or 2 it will go for years.

  • Goodjjp

    L6 can not be compare to V6
    L6 is best balance 6 cylinder you can get
    Look at BMW L6 … even mercedes is planning to bring L6 again..
    But.. If we look at future fuel price…
    I wish ford do alloy block L6 down size to around 3L, Direct injection
    And Electronic valve control.. without throttlebody..
    and use on falcon, mustang 6 (as turbo) and lincoln range…

    But I can feel they will bring eco boost v6 for future..

  • Andrew Cowley

    Unfortunately it’s an engine doomed by the car that uses it. Pure and simple. In that sense this talk of tweaking it for additional economy is really just a case of lipstick on a pig.

  • Falcon_crazy

    It’s a cracka Motor.  In the last 10 years, I’ve clocked up close 500000km between an AU XLs, BA RTV (250000km) and my FG (105,000m).  My FG since new, returned average  8.9l/100km.granteit has seen a lot of highway driving but I’ll put  this way  it’s not drive like a nanna.  I love the power and the torque curve – its a breeze overtaking, pulls like a train up hills without even trying.  No longer my daily (I’ve got a new OPX Ranger XLT), I absolutely love jumping on the weekends and hitting some good black top and opening up the throttle and letting the old mongrel enjoy itself!

  • Andy

    I can vouch for the article, I am a big fan of Falcons I6, having owned several XR6′s back in the day and recently the F6.  After I had the F6 re-tuned with more boost, I was informed that Ford run these motors quite “rich”.  Before the tune I was averaging mid 13/100, not too bad for a F6, but after the tune I was getting low 12/100 and even lower if I was on a freeway.  Pretty good for a car with over 300rwkw.

    It is such a good motor, proven time and time again, Aussie engineered, Aussie built!!!

  • turbodewd

    Falcons are far more fuel efficient AND powerful than RX8s!  :^)

  • bumbum

    Falcon is a great car, they just need to fix up issues like the rear diff bush flogging out then I will buy one

    • BK

      all the falcons I had, I never had a problem with the diff

  • BK

     dont see what the big deal is if a car uses .1 litre less then the previous models . Even if it using  3 litre less per 100km. Its no big cost saving. Im runnin mine on 98 RON and i dont worry about the fuel prices. Cant wait till 2 bucks a litre happens. Should be there by 2022