Ford Falcon FG MkII Revealed, On Sale Late 2011

Mike Stevens | Sep 15, 2011

2012 FORD FALCON FG MKII

Ford Australia has whipped the covers off the long-awaited update to the Falcon family, ahead of its showroom debut later this year.

The arrival of the FG MkII will also mark the debut of Ford's global 2.0 litre four-cylinder EcoBoost petrol engine in the Falcon (due in early 2012), along with a revised face and a host of new features.

"The improvements we're making to the award-winning Falcon range with the introduction of FG Falcon MkII will make a great Australian car even better," Ford Australia President & CEO Bob Graziano said.

"FG Falcon MkII builds on the success of the FG Falcon program, as well as the recently released new Territory range, by offering customers more equipment and the latest technology innovations, while continuing to deliver outstanding performance, fuel efficiency, refinement and safety."

Styling

Walking up to the Falcon FG MkII, the most obvious change is its Territory- and Mondeo-inspired facelift.

The Falcon's headlights remain unchanged (except for the addition of projectors for up-spec models), but the grille is now shorter top-to-bottom and features a new wing-like chrome highlight.

The real standout change however is the lower grille, resculpted and stretched upward, closing the gap with its northern neighbour.

Above: the pre-update G6 E
Above: the pre-update G6 E

Higher-grade variants also gain LED daytime running lights on each side of the lower grille.

These slots are left blank for lower models, while the XR variants retain regular fog lights here.

Depending on the spec and options ticked, other external updates include new and bigger wheel designs (19-inch for the XR6 Turbo), chrome highlights and new badging.

Mechanical Package

Figures for the new engine's Falcon specifications have not been released, but in the updated Mondeo, the 2.0 litre engine produces 149kW and 300Nm of torque.

Overseas, the same engine is available with a higher tune for both the Mondeo and the Range Rover Evoque, delivering 177kW and 339Nm of torque.

In Australia, the 2.0 litre engine will be offered alongside the Falcon's current 4.0 litre inline-six petrol engine for all but the G6 E Turbo and XR variants.

Surprising no-one, Ford has also confirmed that the four-cylinder engine will not be offered with any of the Falcon Ute variants.

Features and Equipment

Inside, the Falcon FG MkII picks up a new instrument cluster design and a new 8-inch colour touch-screen "Interior Command Centre".

The new touch screen interface replaces the remote control-based operation of the outgoing system.

The new touch-screen navigation system includes the following features:

  • “Green routing” - calculates the most economical route, as well as the fastest and shortest routes available
  • Choice of 2D or 3D map modes
  • Overspeed and speed camera warnings
  • “Where Am I” feature to show nearby points of interest
  • Street house numbers left and right displayed
  • Advanced lane guidance and signpost information indicating which lane to use
  • “Junction view” showing graphical representation of road
  • Traffic Message Channel (TMC)

While Holden's updated VE II Commodore offers a 6.5-inch colour touch-screen across the entire range, the Falcon's ICC screen will be standard with all but the fleet-focused XT sedan and XL ute - where it will be offered as an option.

Entertainment features are improved across the range, with USB connectivity now standard.

Safety upgrades include the addition of side curtain airbags across the sedan range, and side airbags to the Ute range. Rear parking sensors are also now standard, while the optional Luxury Pack for XR models adds a reverse camera.

The FG MkII range also includes a new 'Generation 9.0' Dynamic Stability Control system, incorporating Traction Control, Emergency Brake Assist, and Anti-lock Braking. This system is also standard with the Falcon Ute range.


Watch for more details and images for the Falcon FG MkII range to be revealed in the lead-up to its launch later this year.

Pricing

Falcon sedan

FG Falcon MkII

FG Falcon

New MLP
$

Existing MLP
$

MLP reduction
$

New content
added value
$

Total customer added value
$

XT

37,235

40,290

3,055

1,050

4,105

XR6

39,990

42,990

3,000

2,650

5,650

XR6 Turbo

46,235

48,990

2,755

1,650

4,405

G6

40,835

43,390

2,555

1,050

3,605

G6E

46,735

50,390

3,655

4,500

8,155

G6E Turbo

56,235

58,990

2,755

5,500

8,255

Falcon Ute

FG Falcon MkII

FG Falcon

New MLP
$

Existing MLP
$

MLP reduction
$

New content
added value
$

Total customer added value
$

XL (C/C)

27,590

31,095

3,505

1,050

4,555

XL (SSB)

27,990

31,395

3,405

1,050

4,455

XR6 (C/C)

34,890

37,890

3,000

2,345

5,345

XR6 (SSB)

35,190

38,190

3,000

3,277

6,277

XR6 Turbo

39,190

42,190

3,000

2,782

5,782

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  • martin says,
    3 years ago
    no, we didn't need a ghastly fake chrome highlighted front end. yes we did need the 2.7 diesel, and a smaller 2.8 ~3.2 litre lpi engine to actually make some real claims about running costs being hybrid beating. all too hard i guess.
    • DM says,
      3 years ago
      1 like
      Yes, with a very limited budget it would be too hard. This car is bought mainly by fleets. Fleets have not taken at all to diesel so why waste money on a diesel when they are more likley to buy the ecoboost. As for a smaller lpi engine, how much money do you think it takes to buld a different sized engine and then design the LPi around it. I also wanted a falcon with ferrari performance and prius fuel consumption, but all to hard I guess.
      • OutbackOZ
        OutbackOZ says,
        3 years ago
        1 like
        DM, you've got it in one. We need to remember that this car is only going to be around for 5 more years. I just hope that Ford think when they develop ther new Globle replacment for our Falcon/Territory and the US Taurus/Explorer. There new ranger is going to hit the compition hard, and i think to top it of, they should develop the ranger into a Wagon as it is big enough to hit Landcruiser and Patrol head on. As for a Falcon sized car, im not to sure if there is much of a market in Australia as the SUV and Hatch market seem to be where most are heading for. As sad as that is to say when the current FG is a great car and it would do well in Europ as does the Commodore (Vauxhall). Well that is my 2 cents smile
  • cyclone says,
    3 years ago
    I like The pix of the xr6/turbo. The blacked out larger air intake and narrower grill look great
  • Robert Silveri says,
    3 years ago
    You cant say the large sedan market is dead when Commodore is fighting month to month with Mazda 3 for best seller. Ford are just not fair-dinkum about the Falcon, they dont market it like Holden market the Commodore. Why ar ethey not getting their share of Commodore customers? New styling aside, (it's probably a moot point anyway, VE is no supermodel), will the 2.0 litre save it, I highly doubt it, Commodore is a best seller with 3.0l & 3.6l V6s and a 6.0l V8. Get real Ford Australia or the long heritage of the Aussie built Falcon will be dead and IMO you only have yourselves to blame!
    • Clint says,
      3 years ago
      I dont think he meas the the larger sedans are dead, but that there days are numbered as the number 1 seller. (in time) Yes commodore is a very big seller but it has 1 very bad thing going for it, that is that it is the highest stolen car in Australia (WA the highest) Falcon will never be as bigger seller in Oz as the Commodore! Y, well that depends on who you ask. All i can say is the Australia make 2 A grade cars that should be sold around the world. And when 2016 comes around it will be a sad day to see the Aussie Falcon gone.
  • Jack from Queensland says,
    3 years ago
    1 like
    .. rather obviously this model was styled down south. Take a canetoad, open its mouth, paint it blue and you have the front end of a Falcon.
    Good grief its aweful.sad
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