Ford Australia explains the new model code retains the existing FG component, continuing to pay tribute to the long-running ‘Fairmont’ and ‘Ghia’ nameplates, and reintroduces the letter X, which featured in the designations of every Falcon from the original 1960 XK to the XH ute that was produced until 1999.
The FG X Falcon represents the first time the iconic Australian-made large car has been identified by a three-letter model code.
Ford Australia president and CEO Bob Graziano said the model code was the result of feedback from key enthusiasts as well as senior product development and marketing teams.
“As one of the country’s most recognised nameplates, Ford wanted to make sure this celebration Falcon was worthy of the FG X name,” Graziano said.
“Our Falcon customers know our story, so it is appropriate we acknowledge for them, enthusiasts and all Australians that Falcon is a significant part of the fabric of the Australian cultural landscape. The FG X carries this on and will be recognised as one of the best Falcons ever.”
The local car maker also confirmed the updated Ford Territory will be known as the SZ II, acknowledging its subtle revisions over the existing SZ model.
Along with the new model codes, Ford has released the first official rear-end shots of the Falcon G6E, XR6 and XR8 sedans and the Territory Titanium SUV, following spy shots of the back of the Falcon caught in late July and earlier this month.
The three Falcons share much in common at the rear, with the performance-themed XR6 distinguished from the G6E by its boot lid spoiler, sporty lower diffuser and prominent chrome exhaust outlet, and the hotter XR8 gaining quad exhaust outlets.
Ford says high-series models will feature LED tail-lights, while cheaper models will continue to use standard lamps.
Changes to the back of the Territory are very minor, seemingly limited to the tail-light lenses, which have a clearer finish than the current model. A fresh alloy wheel design is also visible in the rear-end shot.
Ford says pricing, features and specifications of the updated Falcon and Territory ranges will be revealed closer to the vehicles’ launch, which is expected to take place in November.