The second instalment of the 2015 Ford Falcon teaser campaign has arrived, showing the ‘FG Mk3′ update of the Australian large-car staple will have new styling at the back as well as the front.
Five days after Ford uploaded the first Falcon image — a closely cropped shot of the revised headlights — onto Facebook, the Blue Oval has uploaded a picture of the redesigned tail-lights. And once again, inspiration from Ford’s US and European Mondeo/Fusion (bottom) is evident.
The new tail-lights have a more elongated design, and are slimmer with an elongated design that stretches onto the bootlid. There is also a new chrome strip running horizontally along the boot edge that melds into the clear portion of the rear lenses.
This strip, along with the more upmarket design of the headlights — replete with LED daytime running lights — indicates the car in the image is an upmarket specification. Ford could follow Holden’s lead with its VF Commodore, and move the whole range somewhat more upmarket (in spec and design, not price).
As we know, the ‘new’ Falcon — more an update of the 2008 FG generation — will be rolled out with a similarly made-over Territory SUV later this year. Each will have a two-year shelf life before Ford’s Victorian engine and manufacturing plants shut down at the end of 2016.
Expect to see a reveal of the new Falcon as early as September, followed by a local launch in November.
No images of the cabin have been published as yet. Don’t expect wholesale design changes, however you can expect to see the very latest in Ford’s Sync technologies fitted.
The Geelong-built 4.0-litre inline-six engine and the LPG version are expected to carry over, though the future of the imported 2.0-litre four-cylinder EcoBoost turbo-petrol option is less clear.
Ford will also bring back the XR8 badge, using the guts of the outgoing FPV GT including its 335kW supercharged V8 — up 45kW over the last atmo XR8 sold in 2010 — Brembo brakes and re-jigged suspension.