Just a few days before Holden is due to reveal complete details of its all-new VE Commodore, Ford has released details and photographs of its revised Falcon, the BF Mark II.
At a news conference in Auckland last week, Ford executives rebuffed suggestions that the timing of the announcement was cynical – the revised Ford won’t go on sale here until November.
Ford’s men insisted the Falcon revision had always been timed for now, its announcement coinciding with the third part of Holden’s VE Commodore launch was pure coincidence.
The BF Mark II brings detail styling changes to the XT, Furura and Fairmont models: the XR high-performance versions’ styling is unchanged, though there are interior trim changes.
The XRs are the big sellers in the NZ market and they’re gaining momentum
in Australia so Ford has taken the “if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it approach” to their styling for the BF Mark II versions.
Ford is making the outstanding six-speed automatic gearbox and Dynamic Stability Control system on a wider range of Falcon models.
All BF mark II, Fairmont petrol sedans will come standard with the ZF six-speed automatic – optional is a Dynamic Stability Control pack that also includes Sports Control Blade Independent Rear Suspension and 17-inch alloy wheels and tyres.
Falcon XT and Futura drivers can also upgrade their vehicles with the optional Dynamic Stability Control pack that incorporates Dynamic Stability Control, the ZF six-speed automatic transmission, Sports Control Blade Independent Rear Suspension and 17-inch alloy wheels and tyres.
DSC is also now standard on XR6s. It was introduced as standard equipment on BF range, and was fitted to XR6 Turbo and XR8 sedans, and on Fairmont Ghias.
Ford has developed four distinct groups of DSC calibration, ranging from comfort to sports, to cover the variety of engine, transmission and body styles available across the Falcon range.
The calibration of the DSC system when fitted to a XT, Futura, Fairmont or XR6 will match the system currently fitted to the Fairmont Ghia, with DSC interventions being tuned to the overall sportier nature of the package compared to Fairlane and LTD variants.
The BF Mark II makes the ZF six-speed available throughout the petrol Falcon sedan range.
It’s standard on Fairmont, Fairmont Ghia and all XR sedans and is part of the optional Dynamic Stability Control pack on the XT and Futura sedans.
The six-speed is a contributor to a six percent improvement in fuel economy, compared to BF Falcon’s fitted with the four-speed automatic. Ford says the six-speed models can return fuel economy of 10.2 litres/100km.
Its says fuel economy on petrol BF Falcon II XT and Futura sedans and wagons with the four-speed automatic has also improved, dropping 0.2 litres/100km to 10.7 litres/100km.