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TMR Team | Jul, 17 2013 | 21 Comments

The new year will see Ford roll out the last-ever update to its large Falcon, but insiders have reportedly confirmed the FPV range will not see any of the upgrades.

According to Fairfax reports this week, Ford is planning to retire the FPV brand next year, rather than fund upgrades that will, at best, have only a two-year shelf life. It is believed that Ford could instead revive the XR8 badge.

FPV production last year moved in-house to Ford's Broadmeadows plant.

For its part, Ford has declined to comment on FPV's future - although a media event next month is expected to outline a number of changes to the carmaker's Australian operations and model lines.

While Ford has remained quiet on its post-Falcon plans, it may be replaced in the local line-up with the imported Taurus sedan, which is available with a 180kW four-cylinder EcoBoost engine and a trio of EcoBoost V6 units.

Depending on the model, the Taurus can be had with front- and all-wheel-drive configurations; all models available exclusively with a six-speed auto.

The most powerful model in the Taurus range is the all-wheel-drive SHO, its 3.5 litre EcoBoost V6 producing 272kW and 475Nm.

It is also possible however that Ford will forego an option in the large-car market, relying instead on the new Mondeo - a model which, in its current generation, sits below the Falcon.

The new Mondeo, due here next year, is only a little smaller than the FG Falcon - and in fact sits on a wheelbase 12mm longer than the Falcon's.

Away from the Falcon, it is understood that the new Mustang will perhaps be the FPV-replacing hero in Ford's Australian range.

The new 'Stang has still to be revealed, although it is known that both left- and right-hand-drive versions will be offered, with Australia considered a key market for the right-hook model.

As for the Falcon-based Territory SUV, it is believed the overseas Explorer SUV will come to Australia, sitting above the smaller Kuga already available here.

TMR's Tim O'Brien will be at next month's Ford media event. Watch for his full write-up.

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