Falcon And Territory To Keep Local Six For Five More

Mike Stevens | May 5, 2011

Ford's 'Barra' inline six-cylinder petrol engine will remain an option for buyers "until at least 2016", Federal Industry Minister Kim Carr confirmed today.

The news comes despite a sharp drop in sales for its large sedan and the cutting of 240 jobs across its Broadmeadows and Geelong plants from July.

The Falcon has been the subject of broad speculation in recent years, with Ford's global 'One Ford' plan having some commentators musing about a front-wheel-drive platform for the next-gen Falcon, or outright replacement by the new US-market Taurus.

Ford's recently-overhauled Territory SUV offers the same I6 petrol engine as the Falcon, producing 195kW and 391Nm of torque.

Although the engine was updated to Euro IV emissions compliance last year, many of its competitors now meet the stricter Euro V requirements.

There are no confirmed plans to bring the Ford six up to speed, despite Federal Government plans for a Euro V requirement by 2012 - although the rule is likely to affect only vehicles introduced after the deadline.

Ford is currently planning two new models in the Falcon line-up, with the LPG-powered Falcon EcoLPi in the coming months, and an EcoBoost four-cylinder model to come in 2012.

The future of the I6 engine beyond 2016 remains unclear. Unless the company can work a Euro V upgrade, it is likely that the six-cylinder versions of the next Falcon and Territory will be powered by a US-sourced Duratec V6 petrol engine - and possibly in front-wheel-drive and AWD variants.

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  • Steve Thompson says,
    4 years ago
    1 like
    FWD = RIP Falcon
  • Mick says,
    4 years ago
    That is a Top engine.
    Give me a straight six instead of a V any day.
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    MattJ says,
    4 years ago
    Just get rid of the thing.... thanks.
  • Bryant Morris says,
    4 years ago
    Sad news really. Though it is good the engine isn't going away to at least 2016, it makes me think this is their way of breaking the news that they won't be upgrading or developing a new I6 for the Falcon.
  • JT says,
    4 years ago
    Those Turbo 4's better be as good as they say they are because they've got big shoes to fill as the I6 is a beautiful engine at low RPM
  • martin says,
    4 years ago
    In the meantime Ford, make a 3 litre egas version to complement the new 4.0 litre egas please. it "should" still have adequate power & torque, but even lower fuel consumption, and at gas being half the price of petrol, you could have a big car that costs less to run than a Ford Fiesta. go on, I dare you to be so clever!
  • tony Larizza says,
    2 years ago
    i like simple things,thats why i like the inline six,i like live axles and leaf springs too,couse there simple.there all i need on these aussie roads where rispect of speed limit is a must.Do not need turbo or super charged V 6-8-10-12 american or eurapeon hi tech mini engines.JUST NEED COMFORT AND RELIABILITY ON THESE GREAT LONG AUSSie ROADS.An i6.a live axle and leaf springs,is all i need.Simple thing do the job 4 me
    REGARDS tony
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