Ford's four-cylinder EcoBoost engine is now available with a trio of Falcon variants. It was launched to the media in Tasmania today, following its unveiling late last year.
The potent new smaller engine will be offered with the fleet-favourite XT model, along with the up-spec G6 and G6E.
Pricing for the EcoBoost-equipped Falcons is identical to the existing six-cylinder models, with the XT priced at $37,235, the G6 at $40,835 and the flagship G6E at $46,735 (all before on-road costs.)
The new engine joins not only the regular petrol-powered six-cylinder range, but also the LPG-fueled Falcon EcoLPi.
“We want Ford Falcon customers to embrace this technology, so we’ve worked aggressively to ensure this high-tech engine is accessible to all our Falcon customers,” Ford Australia President and CEO Bob Graziano said.
“Combined with the improvements we’ve made to the FG Falcon MkII range, we’re ensuring our customers not only have the features they expect, but now a suite of engines tailored to their specific needs.”
The appearance under the bonnet of the Falcon marks the first rear-wheel-drive application of the I-4 2.0 litre Ecoboost engine anywhere in the world.
In Falcon form, the EcoBoost mill delivers a hefty 179kW at 5500rpm and 353Nm of torque at 2000rpm.
Paired with the standard six-speed ZF automatic in the XT, Ford lists fuel consumption figures of 8.1 l/100km. That's compared to 9.9 l/100km for the regular six-cylinder XT, and 12.3 l/100km for the EcoLPI.
Moving up to the G6 and G6 E EcoBoost variants, fuel consumption climbs slightly to 8.5 l/100km on the combined cycle.
How does the EcoBoost compare to the Falcon's main rivals?
Holden's 190kW and 290Nm 3.0 litre V6, which drives the Omega and Berlina models, lists figures of 8.9 l/100km.
Toyota's newly-launched 2012 Aurion large car features a 200kW/336Nm 3.5 litre six, with fuel consumption listed at 9.3 l/100km.
The 'smaller' Camry's 2.5 litre four-cylinder engine betters the EcoBoost at 7.8 l/100km, but with 133kW an 231Nm, it doesn't come close for power and torque.
Other EcoBoost-specific changes include a larger-diameter front stabiliser bar, up from 31 to 32mm on the XT, along with a 13mm lower ride height with the XT.
The G6 has a smaller-diameter stabiliser bar at the rear, and spring and damper rates have been tuned-to-suit in both the XT and G6.
The EcoBoost models have also had a going-over in the Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) department.
Depending on the variant, there is an optimised outer-dash sound pack, increased inner-dash insulator thickness, increased front floor sound barriers and upgraded bonnet insulation.
There is also a new engine cover insulator, under-engine insulation, a new acoustic windscreen and an exhaust system developed specifically for the EcoBoost.
New 16-inch Goodyear low rolling-resistance tyres are fitted to the Falcon EcoBoost XT, improving fuel efficiency and adding to the enhanced NVH qualities.
The Falcon EcoBoost range's features mirror the FG Falcon MkII features announced earlier this year. For the full feature breakdown, click here.
Like the rest of the FG Falcon MkII range, the Falcon EcoBoost features a new 8.0-inch colour touch screen with integrated audio and phone functions, along with satellite navigation on the G6E series.
Safety features include dual front, side thorax and curtain airbags, stability control, rear parking sensors and driver fatigue warning system.
The recommended MLP for the new FG Falcon MkII EcoBoost range is:
FG Falcon MkII EcoBoost
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