Ford Australia has released the first photos and details of the updated 2012 FG Falcon which goes on-sale later this year.
While there are plenty of detailed styling and equipment changes, the big news will come with the arrival early next year of the Falcon powered by Ford’s 2.0-litre, four-cylinder EcoBoost engine. Naturally Ford’s 4.0-litre six cyclinder engine continues.
While Ford has not yet released details on the Falcon specs for the 2.0-litre powerplant, the same engine powers Ford Mondeos and delivers 149kW/300Nm. Ford says the 2.0-litre engine will be exclusively fitted to Falcon sedans (but not G6 or XR models).
Most obvious about the new Ford Falcon FG MkII is the new front-end which highlights a narrow upper grille (similar to Ford’s latest Territory SUV) and the larger, re-shaped lower grille which combine to give the Falcon a more cohesive look. Headlights are unchanged although some models gain projector lights and LED DRLs.
There is also some extra chrome trim and new wheel designs specific for different model grades.
Safety systems are substantially upgraded with all models gaining side curtain airbags (even the ute versions get side airbags) and reverse parking sensors (a reversing camera is on the options list). There’s also Ford’s new Generation 9.0 dynamic stability control system.
Inside are new instruments, improved audio systems with USB connectivity and a new eight-inch colour touch screen with improved satellite navigation functionality. Most Falcon models score the navigation system (except XT sedan and XL ute).
No word yet on pricing. Car Showroom will test the new Falcon range at the national media launch in a couple of months.