Ford’s keen on drip-feeding punters with new Falcon – Orion – information.
Our keen-eyed spy photographer has informed us that these latest photos were taken within earshot of Ford’s Victorian proving grounds.
The side profile photos suggest that the awkward entry trait manifested due to the AU roof-line/doors is gone thanks to a squared rear door line, similar to that of the VE Commodore. Looking at the photos, the white plate covering the rear door suggests a new design is in place that Ford wants to keep secret until release.
An insider has suggested that adequate testing space is available far from fence lines and prying eyes – and err…lenses.
Putting two and two together; it’s quite obvious that Ford is eager to get these photos out on the internet, revealing small snippets of the vehicle.
CarAdvice thinks that Ford has increased the overall wheelbase of 2829mm (long wheel base Falcons are 2921mm versus the new Commodore now at 2915mm) of the current BA/BF. Ford has probably used the extra dimension to move the whole cabin seating backwards for more rear interior room and ease of ingress with a longer door and less cutaway from the BA/BF’s falling roof turret line.
Although still prominently covered over the front and rear end, parts of the grille and lower bar are visible.
The final rear quarter window styling will be purely cosmetic. CarAdvice notes that having eliminated the BA/BF short coupe turret which so limits the interior space –especially with a straight six and automatic transmission up front intruding into available cabin space, bulking up the rear boot line has been necessary whilst keeping overall length probably the same as the current car. The high boot sill hides the more vertical rear door profile -but the spy shots still highlight a slopping rear window to give a coupe look in profile, and also keep boot space up to class leading volumes.
Only cosmetic changes are apparent in the spy shots – a conservative light cluster relative to the radical swept back Mondeo clusters suggests European influence in the design.
One thing’s for certain though. Ford is well on their way to releasing a new model and the general public – along with our stealth ‘tographer – are keeping their eyes open.
Ford has commented that the vehicle will be released some time next year (also stating that its release definitely won’t be this year). If Ford are telling the truth, a release for next year’s Melbourne International Motor Show is likely.
If you come across any spy shots, or take spy shots yourself, contact CarAdvice, we’re always interested in new photos.