At a media event in Australia yesterday, Ford confirmed sales of the 2015 Mustang
for the Aussie market, revealed a new SUV based on the platform underpinning the Ranger pickup
, and presented a short teaser video depicting its final Falcon sedan. As was announced in May, Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] is ending production in Australia
where it currently builds the Falcon rear-wheel-drive sedan as well as a crossover derivative known as the Territory. The last cars will be built in 2016 after which the Falcon will be discontinued and the Territory replaced by a new SUV dubbed the Everest.
The new Falcon will be the last in a long line of the Aussie-built sedans, which date back more than half a century. As the teaser image above shows, the new Falcon, due out in the second half of 2014, will feature styling influenced by the Fusion sedan and various other Fords.
As it will only have a two-year run, the car is more of an update to the current ‘FG’ Falcon
(pictured below) as opposed to a brand new car. Look for new front and rear sections to be tacked onto the current Falcon and the interior given a revamp.
The powertrain lineup isn’t expected to receive any updates. The base unit will be a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, which will be followed by a locally-developed 4.0-liter straight-six engine in mid-level trim. A 5.0-liter V-8 will top the range, either in a revived XR8 or new FPV model
Sales of large sedans in the Australian market have plummeted since the highs of the previous decade. Last month just 594 Falcons were sold--a new record low for the nameplate. Head over to Drive
for more shots of the new Falcon.
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