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Mike Stevens | Oct, 07 2014 | 17 Comments

Ford’s 2015 'FG X' Falcon drip-feed continues this week, with news of improved fuel figures and an enhanced suspension package in the sedan range.

These latest details follow the announcement in September of pricing and features for the refreshed range, ahead of its sales debut later this year.

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Fuel Consumption Improvements

Ford has today outlined changes that sees fuel use in the entry six-cylinder Falcon sedan reduced by 9 percent, dropping from 9.9 to 9.0 l/100km.

The up-spec six-cylinder petrol XR6 auto and G6E models also see improvements, with fuel consumption reduced from 9.9 to 9.5 l/100km.

Although relatively small, Ford notes that these improvements, when measured against the 2004 BA MkII range - powered by the newly introduced ‘Barra’ I6 engine with four- and five-speed autos - these figures mark a 22 percent improvement.

“This is a significant story for our customers,” Ford’s Falcon and Territory boss David Wilkinson said.

“Achieving good fuel efficiency in modern cars is inherently more challenging because of added weight from contributing things like extra features and added safety equipment.”

“The extensive use of high-strength light-weight steels in the 2014 Falcon helps but the further refinement of the I6 petrol engine is testament to the continual process of improvement being done here at Ford. The in-line six cylinder engine in the Falcon is recognised as one of the most refined six cylinder engines around with a great balance of smooth power and fuel efficiency.”

Ford credits the improved figures to the wider adoption of the EcoBoost’s lighter and more efficient 6HP21 ZF six-speed auto, now featured with all I6-powered models - including the EcoLPi.

The carmaker notes however that the 6HP26 auto will continue with the V8 and turbocharged I6 models.

The Falcon range now also boasts the same refined aerodynamics pack introduced with the four-cylinder Falcon EcoBoost, along with 16-inch low rolling-resistance tyres.

 

Suspension Improvements

For 2015, the entire Falcon range will roll on up-spec suspension that sees even the entry Falcon picking up a modified version of the previous FG MkII G6 model’s suspension, while the Falcon EcoLPi gets the XR6 EcoLPi’s suspension.

Likewise, the 2015 Falcon EcoBoost gets the upgraded suspension package from the FG MkII G6E EcoBoost model.

For the entry Falcon, that means a slightly larger diameter front stabiliser bar - up from 31 to 32mm - along with retuned springs and dampers at both ends, revised front suspension geometry to suit the new Michelin tyres and, for the EcoLPi, a smaller rear stabiliser bar (down from 18 to 14mm) for improved grip.

The Falcon EcoBoost version also gets re-tuned front and rear springs and dampers, along with the 14mm rear stabiliser bar and the revised front geometry.

Ford says these changes have improved the Falcon range’s ride without degrading comfort, particularly in the entry models.

“In developing the suspension, Ford used various sets of known springs and dampers (both softer and firmer) to ensure the right level of handling was achieved to meet customer expectations,” Wilkinson said.

“In the case of the Falcon sedan, we actually ended up staying with the G6 springs and dampers as they best suited the low rolling resistance Michelin tyres. But we still reviewed the tune as part of the on-going testing program to find the right mix for the customer.”

Watch for more details on the 2015 Falcon range to surface ahead of its launch later this year.

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Full Sedan Range Figures

Falcon Sedan

Engine

4.0L DOHC Di VCT I6

2.0L 16 V TiVCT
EcoBoost

4.0L EcoLPi
DOHC Di VCT I6

4.0L DOHC Di VCT Turbo I6^

5.0L 32V VCT SC V8^

Trans

Auto 6HP21

MT TR6060

Auto 6HP21

Auto 6HP21

Auto 6HP26

MT
TR6060

Auto
6HP26

MT TR6060

Model

Falcon

XR6 G6E

XR6

Falcon

G6E

Falcon

XR6

XR6
G6E

XR6

XR8

XR8

L/100km

Combined

9.0

9.5

11.1

8.0

8.7

11.7

12.6

11.7

12.0

13.7

13.6

CO2 emissions (g/km)

213

225

264

189

206

189

204

278

287

324

325

Tested to ADR81/02. Figures in bold are carry over from FG MkII.

 
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