Ford has revealed the first photos and details of its upcoming FG Falcon MkII range this week ahead of it reaching NZ showrooms late this year.
The updated Falcon brings new technologies, an enhanced safety package, new exterior design appointments and the first global application of EcoBoost engine technology in a rear-wheel drive vehicle. It also heralds in the debut of Ford’s global 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ecoboost petrol engine which will be offered in the FG Falcon from next year.
The MkII Falcon will showcase some of Ford’s latest tech like a new 8.0-inch colour touch screen and integrated audio, phone and navigation functions and a more comprehensive occupant protection package.
“The improvements made to the award-winning Falcon range with the introduction of FG Falcon MkII have made a great car even better,” Ford New Zealand Marketing Manager, Chris Masterson said. “FG Falcon MkII builds on the success of the FG Falcon program, as well as the recently released new Territory range, by offering New Zealanders more equipment and the latest technology innovations, while continuing to deliver outstanding performance, fuel efficiency, refinement and safety.”
In terms of design the clearest changes are up front where the Falcon gets a Territory/Mondeo shared front grille and lower air dam. High-spec variants also get projector headlights and LED daytime running lights mounted in the front bumper. There’s new wheel designs, including 19-inch alloys for the XR6 Turbo, and there’s more chrome trim and updated badging.
The FG Falcon MkII brings EcoBoost engine technology to the Falcon range. The EcoBoost range of engines use direct injection and turbocharging to deliver more power and performance from a lower displacement powerplant. This means impressive fuel economy and low CO2 emissions. EcoBoost engines are already on sale in a number of Ford vehicles around the world and by 2013 will be available in 80 per cent of the company’s global nameplates.
“EcoBoost technology gives what customers have said they want: a combination of the performance they expect and the fuel economy improvements they demand,” said Masterson.
Exact performance and output figures haven’t been released for the new 2.0-litre engine but in its Mondeo application it generates 149kW of power and 300Nm of torque. It can also be tuned to a higher output. Expect to see the new 2.0-litre engine offered alongside the existing 4.0-litre inline-six petrol motor.
In the cabin there’s a new 8.0-inch colour touch screen that will be fitted as standard equipment on all Falcon sedan models except for the entry-level Falcon XT. On XR6 Turbo, G6E and G6E Turbo models, the 8.0-inch colour touch screen will also feature a new integrated satellite navigation system. The new touch screen interface replaces the remote control-based operation of previous-generation Falcon navigation systems.
There’s also a new instrument cluster featuring a new design with new graphics and functionality. Audio systems have been upgraded and are now compatible with USB devices like memory sticks, flash drives and external powered hard drives.
For safety the Falcon MkII has side curtain airbags as standard equipment across the entire sedan range and head/thorax-protecting side airbags as standard equipment across the full Falcon Ute line-up. Rear parking sensors will also be fitted to all Falcon sedan models as part of the FG Falcon MkII program. Already standard equipment on the luxury G Series range, the reverse sensing system will bolster the extensive list of standard features on Falcon XT, XR6 and XR6 Turbo models.
FG Falcon MkII also includes a new ‘Generation 9.0′ Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system – incorporating Traction Control (TCS), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) functions – which is coupled with the addition of DSC as standard equipment on the entry-level workhorse Falcon Ute models.
More information on the Falcon EcoBoost will be announced closer to launch.