The updated, streamlined FG X Ford Falcon range will be the most competitively priced large car line-up in years from the blue oval brand, with the popular XR6 now the cheapest variant available, the XT and G6 model names dropped, and more equipment made standard on all models.
The XR6 opens the range with a 4.0-litre six-cylinder and six-speed manual, priced at $35,590 (a drop of $4400), and within $100 of the entry-level Holden Commodore Evoke. The 4.0-litre six-speed XR6 automatic adds $2200. The more potent XR6 Turbo kicks off at $42,990 in six-speed manual guise (it was $46,235), while the auto version is $45,190 (down $3045).
Formerly the cheapest model in the range, the new base model - known only as Falcon - drops the XT nomenclature, and is priced from $35,900. That represents a drop of $1335 to the manufacturer's list price. It's offered with a 4.0-litre engine and six-speed automatic as standard.
Above the sporty XR and basic Falcon models sits the G6E range, which are focused more on luxury inclusions. The G6E 4.0-litre auto now starts at $40,110 (down $6625), while the top-of-the-range G6E Turbo is now priced at $46,550, seeing the biggest price drop of all models (down $9685 from $56,235).
Ford is offering its technologically-advanced 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo EcoBoost engine as a no-cost option on Falcon and G6E models, while the EcoLPi gas-powered versions of the Falcon and G6E sedans cost $2500 more.
In terms of equipment, all Falcon sedan models now come with a reverse-view camera in addition to both front and rear parking sensors, while daytime running lights are fitted to XR and G6E models. There are new alloy wheel designs for all versions, and every Falcon comes with the brand's SYNC 2 media system with 8.0-inch touchscreen (pictured above), digital radio (DAB+), Wi-Fi hotspot capability, SD card input, two USB inputs and emergency assistance.
Falcon Ute models buck the price-cutting trend in the base models, with a starting point of $29,390 for the cab-chassis and $29,790 for the styleside pick-up model representing an $800 price rise for those models. However, a six-speed automatic gearbox is now standard, and so is climate control air conditioning (previously a $2000 option).
The XR6 Ute remains available with a six-speed manual, though a six-speed auto is optional ($2200). Prices for the XR6 Ute have dropped by $3750 for the cab-chassis and $3550 for the styleside version. The XR6 Turbo Ute can also be had with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission (adds $2200). The price for both manual and auto has dipped by $1380. All Ute models (except XR6 Turbo) can be had with the EcoLPi gas option, priced at $2500.
Full specification details are set to be made available next week, along with pricing for the XR8 models. Stay tuned for more.
The 2015 Ford Falcon range will go on sale in November.
2015 Ford Falcon sedan pricing (plus on-road costs):
Falcon 4.0L petrol auto - $35,900 (-$1335)
XR6 4.0L petrol manual - $35,590 (-$4400)
XR6 4.0L petrol auto - $37,790 (-$3200)
XR6 Turbo 4.0L petrol manual - $42,990 (-$3245)
XR6 Turbo 4.0L petrol auto - $45,190 (-$3045)
G6E 4.0L petrol auto - $40,110 (-$6625)
G6E Turbo 4.0L petrol auto - $46,550 (-$9685)
2015 Ford Falcon Ute pricing (plus on-road costs):
Falcon Ute 4.0L petrol auto cab-chassis - $29,390 (+$800)
Falcon Ute 4.0L petrol auto styleside - $29,790 (+$800)
XR6 Ute 4.0L petrol manual cab-chassis - $29,940 (-$3750)
XR6 Ute 4.0L petrol manual styleside - $30,440 (-$3550)
XR6 Turbo Ute 4.0L petrol manual styleside - $37,710 (-$1380)