Ford hints at Falcon's future

MATT CAMPBELL
Last updated 13:19 18/10/2012
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The Ford Falcon may not be dead after all.

Ford revealed a teaser video of an all-new Falcon at the Sydney motor show this morning.

The company states the iconic Falcon large car - which has been plagued by declining sales and rumours of a potential shutdown of local manufacturing facilities - will see a significant upgrade in 2014.

Ford Australia CEO Bob Graziano kept his cards close to his chest when asked about the new model.

"We're really excited about Falcon, and what it represents to our portfolio. And we think given our recent announcement about investment in January that it is important that we show people where we are heading with Falcon.

"It' s a terrific product and we're really looking forward to having the vehicle in the showrooms in 2014," says Graziano.

When quizzed on whether the new model would feature an all-new body, Graziano remained coy: "You're just going to have to wait until 2014."

It was clear from the teaser images that the new model will follow similar styling trends as the recently revealed Mondeo mid-size sedan and the upcoming Fiesta city car.

Given Ford's current tendency to offer all of its new models with its "EcoBoost" turbocharged engines, the new model could possibly retain its current 2.0-litre powerplant or possibly even drop another size to a 1.6-litre turbo unit, as is fitted to the new Kuga compact SUV.

Ford is also working on bringing its performance arm, FPV, back under company control. At the recent launch of the Focus ST hot-hatch, Graziano informed Drive that the Falcon would never be fitted with a four-cylinder engine if it was wearing an FPV badge - fantastic news for lovers of the big Aussie V8 sedan.

-Fairfax News Australia

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