Ford unveils final Falcon XR8 and XR6
A squat and aggressive front end dominated by a trapezoidal honeycomb grille and squat headlights that are synonymous with Ford’s current DNA dominate that front of the final Ford Falcon as previewed in a video earlier this week.
XR models will also have the trademark dual section headlights with clever reflectors that feature “XR” shields and L-shaped daytime running lights. Fog light bezels are also bespoke.
The re-launched XR8 model will have a further accentuated bonnet bulge and an exhaust note to set it further apart from its smaller engined siblings.
Around the back, there is a new boot lid and tail lamps that will use LED technology. XR models will feature a built-in rear spoiler and the XR8 has a rear diffuser that helps to show off the quad exhaust tips and boost road presence.
The overall facelift is significant, as Ford Australia will close its factory doors in 2016. But it shows the brand-at least from first glance-the company has created the final and best Falcon ever.
When launched in four months’ time, the Ford’s President and CEO Bob Graziano has said the new Falcon range will also have the greatest number of engine choices ever fitted in the model’s history.
“Four, six, or eight; our customers will have more choice,” Graziano said. “To enhance the choice too, our six cylinder customers will also be able to choose between the locally developed EcoLPi engine or Turbo six cylinder, as well as the naturally aspirated six.”
“Quite simply, we think this is the best Falcon ever. I just couldn’t be more pleased with what the talented local team’s been able to accomplish, I’m really proud of them,” Graziano added.
The Ford boss also reiterated his company’s employment of local engineers after the factory doors close “when you look at cars like the new Falcon, it’s easy to understand why we are now leading global projects such as the new Everest which is designed and engineered in Australia for the world.”
The local engineering team has also created the Ranger pick-up, on which the Everest SUV will be based.