The 2015 Ford Falcon FG X and Territory SZ II have now entered production in earnest at the company’s Broadmeadows plant in Melbourne ahead of their on-sale date of December 1.
The long-awaited swansong models will see Ford out to its flagged factory closure in late 2016, and bring to the table a more advanced SYNC 2 infotainment system and, in the case of the Falcon, a redesigned nose and tail.
Interior design changes are far more subtle, with the FG X Falcon appearing largely identical to its predecessor. All variants gain new fabrics and updated instrument cluster graphics, finishes and detailing, with XR models getting new 3D rings.
A tan leather trim option is available for Falcon G6E and G6E Turbo models. G6E Turbo and XR variants feature a dark headliner and pillars, while the Falcon and Falcon G6E get a lighter finish.
The first models to roll off the line of Assembly Plant 1 — excluding the handful of test and evaluation cars that are kicking around — will be pre-production cars used for final quality checks. Once they’re done, the cars destined for showroom floors will take shape.
Currently, Ford’s plant is eking out a rate of 83 Falcons and Territorys per day, a figure that was arrived at in June this year after a cut in production and staff numbers in response to sluggish demand — but it remains to be seen if this run-rate has scope to increase.
Ford Australia brand communications manager Neil McDonald told CarAdvice today that demand on the XR8 was running hot, at least from aficionados. However, the company will wait and see if this momentum can be maintained before officially moving the run-rate.