Next For Ford Australia: Falcon Sportwagon Spotted At TMR

Tim O'Brien | Nov 28, 2008

Ford Australia's stay of execution for the I6 mill and the Geelong Engine Plant no doubt brought the odd tear of joy to Ford tragics. (Mike can't stop blubbering... the kid's collapsed, overwhelmed with happiness.)

So, perhaps there are winds of optimism blowing through Ford Australia. Maybe the Falcon, and life as we know it, is not about to come to an untimely end next year, or even the year after. Maybe Ford has plans for the Falcon. Is it possible it may yet become Australia's next 'car for the world'?

It needs then, as everyone knows, a half-decent wagon.

Now because Ford Australia doesn't have the faintest idea of what a half-decent wagon looks like, The Motor Report engaged 'wunderkind' industrial designer, Kirk Dyer, two-time winner of the VACC Target 2020 Design Competition, to put pen to paper and come up with a Falcon Sportwagon. (See, philanthropy isn't dead; that's not blood running through TMR's veins, it's the milk of human kindness.)

What you see there is the Falcon wagon Ford Australia should be producing. Combining elements of the handsome UK Mondeo wagon with the rising belt-line, rounded rump and tail-lights of the superbly penned FG sedan, Kirk's lowered, trimmed and stylishly balanced rendering gives us a taste of 'what might have been' for the FG wagon. It looks 'fat'; this is one Sportwagon anyone would love in the driveway.

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So yes, it's true. Visitors to TMR Central can see the FG Falcon Sportwagon... sadly, it's only a framed graphic and - sadder yet - that's the only place they'll see it. Somehow, Ford Australia seems wedded to a wagon only an undertaker could love.

TMR's resident arbiter of good taste and decorousness, Steane, reckons, "the beautiful thing about this is it looks more horn than the real Holden Sportwagon," quoth he. (Steane says he might have been wrong about something once, but he can't remember when.)

Jury, what do you think? Is this the Sportwagon for the FG Falcon? Does this look "more horn" than the Commodore Sportwagon? Could such a car spark a wagon-led recovery for Ford Australia?

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  • toyo says,
    5 years ago
    please go back to the drawing board
  • Happoshu says,
    5 years ago
    yeah, not a bad effort......though i reckon the XR6T or better yet the F6 310 might be a better base for a wagon.
    • Ross says,
      5 years ago
      Yeah, it needs to be a bit more sporty. It's getting close, but not there yet.
  • Greg says,
    5 years ago
    Looks great. But Ford's boxy wagon is a popular tool of the trade, and the Territory is the 'sporty' wagon. So this car won't happen.

    If Holden was building something like Territory they wouldn't have brought out the sportwagon and would have either canned it or kept the boxy traditional style.
  • Alec says,
    5 years ago
    I would buy it!
  • Kelvin says,
    5 years ago
    About time they change/update the wagon rear end.... its been the same since the EA series lol..... I like it alot. Like Rob said, bring on the F6 wagon Mr Ford
  • Lee Searles says,
    5 years ago
    That looks awesome!
  • Lee Searles says,
    5 years ago
    Hi-res images please!
  • Pitty says,
    5 years ago
    that does quite nice.

    definately one for the overtaker as opposed to th undertaker
  • Frontman says,
    5 years ago
    I like it, but reckon it should be about 4 inches higher off the ground, be available in 5 or 7 seats, AWD or RWD take the angle out of the nose a little bit and call it Territory MK2...... Leave the old hotchkiss reared work horse as it is (with 5 speed and Di LPG only) for Taxi's and Telstra.
  • fgfalcman says,
    5 years ago
    I'll have my F6 wagon in ego thanks... *drools
  • Conquistador says,
    5 years ago
    Looks ok but Dollars would be better spent on Territory and bringing in the TD Mondeo Wagon.

    If you take the family into the dealership the wagon isnt going to get across the line. A SUV (4wd or not) with a high riding driving position, cupholders up the wazzo and 7 seat capability is going to get the gong.
  • ford 4 aus says,
    5 years ago
    this looks freaking awesome, if only ford would build it...
  • Rick Harris says,
    5 years ago
    The new Ford wagon is the Territory . The updated Territory due soon will be even better so why have a Falcon wagon? The Territory is much better than the Commodore "almost a wagon" anyway. The tiny storage space in the Sportwagon is virtually useless anyay.....Territory has much more cargo space and much much much more interior versatility as well. The BF II wagon does look old now the FG is on the scene but it still is a very useful vehicle with enourmous cargo space and its just as good if not better to drive than the base model Sportwagon anyway. I must say though.....the wagon is by far the best looking VE. The sedan looks so unbalanced with those ridiculously large wheel arch flares...........too bad the interior is the same very dated cheap looking black plastic rubbish with that "it must be a joke" handbrake ........
  • JML says,
    5 years ago
    Holden went completely "Sports" oriented with the wagon and the utes because they were getting absolutely trounced by Ford while trying to compete as tool of trade vehicles. That is one reason why Ford has persisted with high load space and payload. Both manufacturers have followed their customer base.

    New model engineering programmes are locked in 3-4 years before the model is released. The reason we haven't seen an FG wagon is because 4 years ago when the FG programme was locked in, the Territory was selling like hotcakes and Ford wrongly assumed it would kill the Falcon wagon sales, but Falcon wagon kept ticking along fine. Then a couple of years later the Territory slowed, Commodore didn't have a wagon, and the Falcon wagon saw an unexpected resurgence, but by then it was too late to engineer an FG wagon.

    We probably won't see a new Falcon wagon until 2010, if at all.
  • Bavarian Missile says,
    5 years ago
    Hell yeah build it TMR.......
  • Scott says,
    5 years ago
    Are you kidding me?
    Im a ford fan, but as far as im concerned it looks like no effort watsoever went into the design of this...
    "lets just grab the holdens sportwagon and just chuck our focus rear and on there!"
    what a joke.
  • Cupid Stunt says,
    5 years ago
    Reckon that looks good. the rear ends a little short and doesn't provide much laggage space. Thats a common problem with most Wagons now. Its only cars like the Merc E-class and volvo, and current Vectra that do decent load luggers.

    BM you still plugging here? good on yah Gal.
  • Matt says,
    5 years ago
    Please Ford, the wife says the next car has to be a wagon!
  • golfschwein says,
    5 years ago
    I'd love to see what this would look like as a Squire Wagon. I did carry on a little about Squires once on another website but, seeing as this was done on a computer anyway, how about redoing it in white with a massive flash of woodgrain down the side and garnished with alloys from the just-dead LTD? Do come on, It'll be FUN!

    Then I'll let you know if I'd buy one.

    Oh, and remove the tint effect from the windows so we can have a glimpse of the red upholstery.
  • Road Warrior says,
    5 years ago
    Hmm, no sportswagon. Leave that to Holden. The reason why Ford still sells the 'old' style full length wagon is because it's what customers want. Carrying capacity and load space, something a sportwagon can't deliver.

    TMR, can you do a 'shop of a 'normal' wagon length of the FG, but utilising the FG ute tail lights?
  • Nick says,
    5 years ago
    Very nice, as long as it's actually a wagon not a hatch with little space like the Holden.
  • Scott says,
    5 years ago
    Road Warrior is right,
    leave the "wagon without practicality" idea to holden,
    wagons are bought for luggage space, not so you can go "hey i have a wagon" and have nothing but extra height in the boot to show for it.
  • Ken says,
    5 years ago
    I think this car is really nice, although i think ford is running out of ideas as most of their falcon range look the same to the last generation of the BF.
    as i said it looks nice, but i dont think it will outsell the ve holden sportswagon anytime soon.
  • Longwalk says,
    5 years ago
    I'm not a fan of that shop, I much prefer the ones on this thread of Fordforums.com.au:

    http://www.fordforums.com.au/showthread.php?t=11210807&page=1&pp=25&highlight=sportwagon

    The smaller tail lights look better.
  • Mitch says,
    5 years ago
    I think the thought it there but Ford have never made a good "looking wagon". The HOLDEN SportWagon is a beautiful looking wagon with chassis balance to match its good looks. I dare say if Ford make one it will be on the same platform as the old one and look decent but still handle crap. I work for holden and i love all types of cars (F6 Anyone?) but Holden did not design the SPORT WAGON just look at the 300c wagon... VERRRRY SIMILAR.. Probably all the wagon designers are heading that way not that they shouldnt i think.
  • harro says,
    5 years ago
    The overall body shape looks good. Tailgate seems a bit out of proportion, sexy sleek angles in this area normally result in one thing. Poor loading capacity. Which in my option contradicts fords game plan. Save the curves for the next territory.
  • callam says,
    5 years ago
    its a heap not because its a ford but because they coppied holden holdens sport wagon is a SPORTwagon and the have a hsv 1 aswell this is an old mans car!!!!!
  • DJ says,
    5 years ago
    Even if they do make it, it will probably still have a live rear axle. give it IRS like the sedan and it may stand half a chance. can't see anyone under 40 drooling over it though.
  • Paul says,
    5 years ago
    Ford are mad. I've been driving Fords since I was 7 (Country Upbringing) and the lease on my 2005 XR6T is expiring this year. I am seriously considering the Holden Sportswagon as it is a major step forward in Aussie wagon styling and there is no Ford alternative.
  • Peter says,
    5 years ago
    bland bland bland...
    An exercise in snatching defeat from the jaws of victory...
  • Darrell says,
    5 years ago
    Leave the luggage space of the BF alone- just add a little style and it would be perfect.
  • matt says,
    5 years ago
    gross... it looks like an old 323 SP20 hatch, FAIL!
  • Fordrox says,
    5 years ago
    Great looking beast. As stated eralier the Territory is a great all rounder and it may create a double up with the sports-wagon. Go the mighty oval as the #1 and Aussie revolution.!!
  • Lindsay says,
    5 years ago
    Ford Avensis Verso?
  • al says,
    5 years ago
    good on u.20 ,30years ago ford was one of the best cars around us,eu,au...today,so sad.let them go n bring yng people there,they know what to do.this swagon is sexy,nice.so happy when i saw 2 pipes at xr8
  • Mick says,
    5 years ago
    Its the sportwagon in australia
  • Michael says,
    5 years ago
    best looking sportwagon in australia and the world?
  • roly says,
    5 years ago
    I would like to order one now.......orange with black 22inch rims please.
  • Karl says,
    4 years ago
    Do it! Holden outsells Ford because they are brave with the pen. Unless they can knock 200kg off the Territory it wont be the alternative Ford can use for a wagon. Mondeo is too small, finish.
  • silverfox says,
    4 years ago
    Total POS
  • Ryan says,
    4 years ago
    Looks good, but I cant see Ford Australia making a sport wagon, the FG wagon (if we ever get one) will be a big whale for salesman and company reps not for people with a passion for driving, as far as i can recall they have never even put a V8 in a wagon.
  • says,
    4 years ago
    Yes a family mans wagon been waiting since my xr6 wagon for ford to get it together hope they keep it Australian
  • Rohan says,
    3 years ago
    With the fords and the falcon you should bring the wagons & panel vans back. Because the falcon wagon is good for sales rips, taxi, police car, family, towing a caravan, towing a boat, trade mans to put their tools in the back boot & panel vans is good for police vans, trade mans to put their tool in the back boot, camping in the back they should up date the falcon wagons & panel vans & bring back the fairlane because it good for taxi for more room an the falcon wagons to put big thing in the back boot to give them more space we want the ford falcon wagon & panel van & fairlane. Back from ford Bring back the falcon wagon back this year in 2011
  • andy says,
    2 years ago
    well all i just bought a ba falcon wagon (notfor work) for the family and i thinke they look preet kool
    The reason for this is ford arnt doing another wagon
    Seeing this pic though would prompt me to buy one due to the ford having more space than holden have (late model wagon wize)and the Territory looks and is too big and bulky size wize i like the sleek style the ba has and is a lot better road handleing wize than the above meantioned replacment
    To me it looks great and the extra space will always come in handy weather it be a suite case spare wheel(if on dual fuel or even that great sub woofer box we all seam to have these days) rolleyeslol
    the holden if u go duel fuel the spae sitting there almost fills th back area i say bring back the wagon ford and u watch it get grabbed up
  • Maike at Performax International says,
    2 years ago
    Sorry, looks like too many others. Boring
  • matt says,
    1 year ago
    love it. its ashame ford didnt make it. all ford lovers bought holden sports wagons. ford start looking outside the box and us ford fans will be back
  • Paul says,
    1 year ago
    Looks F@#king awesome. I would buy one!!
  • Moog says,
    6 months ago
    Yes it's way better than any commodore. I would bye fg v8 wagon.keep making falcons

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