The car-based utility joins the regular Falcon and Territory in Ford’s ‘FG X’ range of rear-wheel-drive sedans, SUVs and utes, which will see production through to the end of 2016 when Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] finally winds up its Australian production.
Like the sedan, the new Falcon Ute comes with a locally-developed 4.0-liter inline six as standard. The engine develops just over 260 horsepower and can be paired with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. Leaf-spring suspension is used at the rear to help with any heavy loads.
Those seeking more performance will be able to opt for the Falcon XR6 Turbo Ute, which features a turbocharged version of the 4.0-liter mill found in the base model. This one is rated at 362 horsepower and features a host of additional performance upgrades.
Interestingly, the original ute is widely attributed to Ford’s Aussie division. As the story goes, the manager at the time, Hubert French, received a letter in 1933 from a farmer’s wife seeking a vehicle comfy enough for she and her husband to go to church on Sunday but which could also be used to transport livestock to market on Monday. The next year, Ford designer Lew Bandt came up with his design for the 1934 coupe utility, the first ute. Eighty years on, Ford Australia is revealing its last ute.