Ford Australia has previewed the new FG Falcon MkII range, featuring the latest smart technologies, an enhanced safety package, new exterior design and improved vehicle refinement
Ford has also confirmed when it will introduce the first global EcoBoost engine technology in a rear-wheel drive vehicle.
Set to begin production later this year, the FG Falcon MkII will showcase the best of Ford Australia's design, engineering and technological expertise, and Ford's patented EcoBoost engine technology will continue the FG Falcon MkII story and deliver more smart innovations to the latest Falcon range when it arrives in early 2012.
A new Interior Command Centre (ICC) with an advanced 8.0-inch colour touch screen headlines the list of smart technology features that will be introduced on FG Falcon MkII.
While maintaining the overall appearance, form and functionality of the current ICC and Human Machine Interface (HMI) design, the new larger interactive ICC screen will give customers an advanced, yet user-friendly, interface to control all the main in-car functions such as audio, phone and satellite navigation systems, says Ford.
The 8.0-inch colour touch screen will be fitted as standard equipment on all Falcon sedan models except for the entry-level Falcon XT, where it will be available as an option. On Falcon Ute it will be standard equipment on XR6 and XR6 Turbo models, and offered as an option on the entry-level XL model.
On high series G6E and G6E Turbo models, the 8.0-inch colour touch screen will also feature a new integrated satellite navigation system with Traffic Message Channel (TMC)1 as standard equipment.
All FG Falcon MkII models will also be equipped with a new instrument cluster featuring a new design and new graphics, as well as improved functionality.
All audio systems – base, prestige and premium – have been upgraded with the inclusion of a new USB input facility to play MP3 audio files. In USB mode, the user can play and browse all MP3 files through the audio system.
Compatible USB devices include memory sticks, flash drives and external powered hard drives, while memory support is to a maximum of one terabyte. Once a USB device is connected, a pop up message will display "USB Connected" in conjunction with the flash indicator on the USB device, if one is fitted.
The new FG Falcon MkII range adds 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.
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.
All FG Falcon MkII models feature new tri-plane front end architecture with signature trapezoidal main grille. The new front fascia designs incorporate new bumpers, new slimline upper air intake with wing-form grille blades that cradle the Blue Oval badge, new lower trapezoidal main grille, new supplementary lower cooling slot and new grille finishes.
On high series and sports models, the new front design also includes a new lighting package with precision design projector headlamps.
New alloy wheels have been introduced on Falcon XT, G6, G6E, G6E Turbo and XR6 models, while a new design 19-inch wheel is available on both XR6 and XR6 Turbo models as part of a new optional Luxury Pack.
A new rear badging strategy, first shown on the recently launched Falcon EcoLPi models, will carry through to the FG Falcon MkII range, distinguishing the new models from their predecessors.
FG Falcon MkII will herald the arrival of EcoBoost engine technology to the Falcon sedan range. EcoBoost uses direct injection and turbocharging to deliver more power and performance from a lower displacement powerplant, yet with impressive fuel economy and low CO2 emissions.
More information on Falcon EcoBoost will be announced closer to its launch in early 2012.
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