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BF Falcon – A Refined Evolution


2006 Ford Fairmont Ghis - BF series



17th August, 2005


Ford Australia President Tom Gorman today revealed details of the new Falcon and Territory range, which are due to go on sale at the end of October.

"The new BF Falcon and SY Territory models incorporate a host of changes aimed at delivering even more driving enjoyment and fuel economy advantages to our valued customers."

"Every Falcon and Territory owner will appreciate the noticeable improvements in performance, refinement and fuel economy in the petrol engines."

"Today we revealed changes to the look of the BF Falcon and upgrades to the engines and transmissions powering the Falcon and Territory range. These upgrades will ensure that Falcon and Territory remain at the technological forefront of Australian-made vehicles."

"Importantly, all the improvements we've made have been driven by customer feedback and have a real world application that drivers will notice and appreciate," Mr Gorman said.

Upgrades to the BF Falcon and SY Territory range include:

  • A reworked Barra 190 4.0-litre six-cylinder engine offering significant increases in fuel economy, more refinement and increases in power and torque
  • More power and torque in the turbocharged engine for the Falcon XR6
  • More power and torque in the 3-valve SOHC V8 engine
  • A world-class ZF six-speed automatic transmission available in premium Falcon sedans and utes, and AWD versions of Territory
  • An improved ION four-speed automatic transmission
  • Introduction of the Tremec T56 six-speed manual transmission on XR6 sedan
  • New exterior styling for the Falcon range, including Fairlane and Falcon Ute
  • New interior upgrades for all models
  • New wheel designs for XT, Futura, Fairmont, Fairmont Ghia, XR and XLS
  • New Fairlane G8 (replacing Fairlane G220)

"The changes we've announced today signal another exciting step forward for our local product range," said Mr Gorman.

"There are other details of the new Falcon and Territory programme that we'll be revealing as we get closer to the launch."

"The key overriding principle behind all of them however is their customer-driven focus and user-friendly application."

"When combined with the world-class engines and transmissions we've announced today, these further changes will keep Falcon and Territory at the forefront of local automotive engineering and deliver real benefits for every Ford customer."



2006 Ford Falcon XR8 utility - BF series
2006 Ford Falcon XR8 utility - BF series

BF Falcon – A Refined Evolution

As the most refined and sophisticated Falcon range ever built, BF Falcon combines fresh design elements and leading edge technologies with the elegant and powerful appeal of its predecessor.

Refinements to the exterior and interior designs see the introduction of new front and rear graphics, new alloy wheel and wheel cover styles, and an array of new fabrics, trims and finishes, which gives BF Falcon a commanding presence on the Australian motoring landscape.

“BF Falcon is a refined evolution of the successful BA range of vehicles,” said Ford Australia Director of Design Simon Butterworth.

“By utilising Ford's corporate design DNA, the new BF range strengthens the Falcon brand by delivering a more dynamic, powerful and exciting front graphic, while still maintaining the elements of sophistication evident throughout the BA range.

“The rear of the car has been endorsed by improved, dynamic tail lamps that mirror the design philosophy of Falcon's distinctive and successful front.”

Sports and Luxury
The XR performance range continues to make a bold, powerful statement with the introduction of BF Falcon, building on the very successful BA XR range and drawing further inspiration from the Falcon V8 Supercar.

It also continues to forge strong links with Ford's performance heritage, expressed by the new sports front bumper featuring a deep, wide central opening and GT-style fog lights, recessed in a more angular surround with pronounced fluting.

Fairmont Ghia presents its own unique variation of the new design BF front graphic, dominated by chrome details and new foglights that replace the cornering lamps on BA MkII.

“The new Fairmont Ghia exterior design features chrome highlights across the front and along the side, which give the luxury sports model a level of jewellery and sophistication usually reserved for more luxurious European vehicles,” Butterworth said.

A chrome strip encircles the vehicle, running through the front and rear bumpers, and along the side profile courtesy of new inserts in the bodyside protection mouldings. In the front bumper, a full width chrome strip segments the lower grille opening and foglight surrounds.

Fabrics and finishes
Inside BF Falcon, a host of new trims, fabrics and finishes have been introduced to complement the modern, stylish and sporty design of the exterior, while specification enhancements on Fairmont and Fairmont Ghia build on their established prestige profile.

Falcon, Fairlane and Territory models equipped with the new six-speed automatic transmission feature a new shift lever, making it immediately distinguishable from the four-speed automatic.

“The gearshift on the six-speed automatic combines a crisp, accurate throw with a more detailed appearance, while the leather-look gearshift boot reinforces the sporty nature of the new Falcon and Territory models,” Butterworth said.

New door handles with a satin chrome insert and soft feel hand grip are fitted across the board to all Falcon, Falcon Ute and Fairlane models, endowing the cabins with a classy, prestige detail.

All Falcon models also feature new seat fabrics, fabric inserts and door trims in a range of fresh colours and technical patterns.

The Interior Command Console (ICC) and centre console surround is now finished in Titanium Stone Metallic on XT, Futura and Fairmont, as well as XL, XLS and RTV Falcon Ute models.

Falcon XR6, XR6 Turbo and XR8 sedans and Utes, as well as Fairmont Ghia, feature a new Liquid Metal finish on the ICC and centre console.

Fairmont and Fairlane Ghia acquire stylish new Ruby Mahogany woodgrain finishes, while Fairmont Ghia and LTD receive Rabbit Rose woodgrain finishes.

Fairmont Ghia now features an eight-way power driver's seat with memory, as fitted to the Fairlane models, while Fairmont gains the six-way power driver's seat previously fitted to Fairmont Ghia.

The key
A new ignition key further distinguishes the new Falcon, Fairlane and Territory models from their predecessors.

The new, latest generation key design offers a greater range of security code combinations for improved vehicle security, while eliminating the complexity of multiple keys for ignition and glovebox locks.

A common key, featuring a two-wave external track key design, now provides access to all external and internal vehicle locks – ignition, door and glovebox locks on Falcon-based models and ignition, door and under-seat storage box locks on Territory.

Innovative colour palette
Since the introduction of the BA Falcon in September 2002, the Falcon colour palette has successfully blended sophistication and style with innovation and excitement, delivering a unique range that caters to the wide variety of Falcon customers.

Two new exterior paint colours, Menace and Kashmir, have been introduced in the lead up to BF Falcon and SY Territory, while another five colours announce the arrival of the new generation models, including the first use of ChromaFlair paint by an Australian manufacturer:

Menace – a bold purple with an intense blue highlight, this daring metallic hue is sure to excite the sports enthusiast. Menace is only available on Falcon XR and FPV models.

Kashmir – a luxurious mid-tone European grey with golden undertones that radiates timeless elegance. Kashmir is available on the Falcon passenger range, excluding XR models, as well as Fairlane, LTD and Territory.

Toxic – beyond citrus, this new acidic yellow green is sure to turn heads. Toxic is only available on Falcon XR and FPV models.

Bionic – an explosive and exciting new blue full of energy and life. Bionic is only available on Falcon XR and FPV models.

Wired – a warm, copper metallic, rich with warmth and sophistication. Wired is available on Falcon passenger, excluding XR models, as well as Fairlane, LTD and Territory.

Déjà Vu – a classic, dark emerald green full of depth. Déjà Vu is available on all Falcon passenger models, including Falcon XR and FPV, as well as Falcon Ute, Fairlane, LTD and Territory models.

Fantasy – a vivid chameleon colour full of power, with high chromaticity and dramatic effects, which constantly changes its personality from royal purples to an amazing new blue. Fantasy is only available on Falcon XR and FPV models.

Set to become an iconic colour, the release of Fantasy marks the first use of revolutionary ChromaFlair paint technology in volume production within Australia.

Unlike the special-effect pigments of the early 1980s, which showed a subtle shift in shade, these next-generation colour-shifting pigments take on a completely different hue depending on the angle of view or light source projected upon them.

Elegant and strong
New alloy wheel and wheel cover designs have been introduced across the BF Falcon range, delivering a fresh, contemporary finish to the new vehicle line-up.

“The new design alloy wheels and wheel covers are both elegant and strong in their appearance, for a more refined aesthetic that builds on the sophisticated style of the BA range,” Butterworth said.

“The XR6 and XR6 Turbo continue the tradition of bold, performance driven, five-spoke, 17-inch designs, while the XR8 sedan has a new 18-inch alloy wheel as standard that contributes to its powerful, road-hugging stance.”

All Falcon models gain new wheel designs for an enhanced appearance, while Fairlane Ghia and LTD increase wheel size from 16" to 17" for a more dynamic driving experience.

Wheel styles
XT – a seven-spoke, 16" wheel cover in a twin-spoke style that has been designed with new resin technology and Computer Aided Engineering to deliver high strength and stiffness, while also reducing weight.

Futura – a nine-spoke, 16" alloy wheel with elegant cues.

XR6 – a five-spoke, 17" alloy wheel with a bold ‘Tuning Fork’ design (standard on XR6 and XR6 Turbo sedans and Utes, and XR8 Utes).

XR8 – a five-spoke, 18" alloy wheel with an aggressive ‘Boomerang’ spoke design and machined ‘Boomerang’ features on the spokes (standard on XR8 sedans, optional on all other XR variants).

Fairmont – a 10-spoke, 16" alloy wheel with classic lines.

Fairmont Ghia – a nine-spoke, 17" alloy wheel with a machined front face and ‘Ghia’ script on the centre cap.

Fairlane Ghia – a seven-spoke, 17" sports-luxury alloy wheel with a fully machined front face, chrome finish centre cap and ‘Ghia’ badge (16" alloy wheel at BA MkII).

Fairlane G8 – a five-spoke, 17" sports alloy wheel with a fully machined front face, chrome finish centre cap and ‘G8’ badge.

LTD – a seven-spoke, 17" sports-luxury alloy wheel with a fully machined front face, chrome finish centre cap and ‘LTD’ badge (16" alloy wheel at BA MkII).



2006 Ford Falcon XR interior - BF series
2006 Ford Falcon XR interior - BF series

MODEL BY MODEL
Ford BF Falcon

BF XT Sedan and Wagon

  • New front bumper
  • New tail lamps on sedan
  • New XT wheel cover
  • New shifter with optional V8 engine and six-speed automatic transmission
  • New soft-feel door grab handles with satin chrome inserts
  • New Titanium Stone Metallic finish on Interior Command Centre fascia, centre console and rear air vent register
  • New seat fabrics and trim inserts
  • New paint colours: Kashmir, Wired and Déjà Vu

BF Futura Sedan and Wagon

  • New front bumper
  • New tail lamps on sedan
  • New 16" alloy wheel
  • New soft-feel door grab handles with satin chrome inserts
  • New Titanium Stone Metallic finish on Interior Command Centre fascia, centre console and rear air vent register
  • New seat fabrics and trim inserts
  • New paint colours: Kashmir, Wired and Déjà Vu

BF XR6 & XR6 Turbo

  • New sports front bumper
  • New tail lamps
  • New 17" alloy wheel
  • New optional 18" alloy wheel
  • New shifter with optional six-speed automatic transmission
  • New soft-feel door grab handles with satin chrome inserts
  • New Liquid Metal finish on Interior Command Centre fascia, centre console and rear air vent register
  • New seat fabrics and trim inserts
  • New paint colours: Toxic, Bionic, Fantasy and Déjà Vu

BF XR8

  • New sports front bumper
  • New tail lamps
  • New 18" alloy wheel
  • New optional 17" alloy wheel
  • New shifter with optional six-speed automatic transmission
  • New soft-feel door grab handles with satin chrome inserts
  • New Liquid Metal finish on Interior Command Centre fascia, centre console and rear air vent register
  • New seat fabrics and trim inserts
  • New paint colours: Toxic, Bionic, Fantasy and Déjà Vu

BF Fairmont

  • New front bumper
  • New tail lamps
  • New 16" alloy wheel
  • Six-way power driver's seat
  • New shifter with optional V8 engine and six-speed automatic transmission
  • New soft-feel door grab handles with satin chrome inserts
  • New Titanium Stone Metallic finish on Interior Command Centre fascia, centre console, cupholder door and rear air vent register
  • New Ruby Mahogany woodgrain finishes
  • New seat fabrics and trim inserts
  • New paint colours: Kashmir, Wired and Déjà Vu

BF Fairmont Ghia

  • New front bumper
  • New tail lamps
  • New 17" alloy wheel
  • Chrome strip in body-side protection moulds
  • Fog lights (replace cornering lamps)
  • Chrome fog light surrounds
  • Chrome strip in lower grille
  • Eight-way power driver's seat with memory
  • New shifter with six-speed automatic transmission
  • New soft-feel door grab handles with satin chrome inserts
  • New Liquid Metal finish on Interior Command Centre fascia, centre console, cupholder door and rear air vent register
  • New Rabbit Rose woodgrain finishes
  • New seat fabrics and trim inserts
  • New paint colours: Kashmir, Wired and Déjà Vu



2006 Ford Falcon Futura - BF series
2006 Ford Falcon Futura - BF series

MODEL BY MODEL
Ford BF Fairlane and LTD

BF Fairlane Ghia

  • New tail lamps
  • New 17" alloy wheel (16" alloy wheel at BA MkII)
  • New shifter with six-speed automatic transmission
  • New soft-feel door grab handles with satin chrome inserts
  • New Ruby Mahogany woodgrain finishes
  • New paint colours: Kashmir, Wired and Déjà Vu

BF Fairlane G8

  • New sports-luxury Fairlane model, replacing the G220. The new G8 nomenclature reflects its Ghia heritage and standard V8 engine
  • New tail lamps
  • New 17" alloy wheel
  • New shifter with six-speed automatic transmission
  • New soft-feel door grab handles with satin chrome inserts
  • New paint colours: Kashmir, Wired and Déjà Vu

BF LTD

  • New tail lamps
  • New 17" alloy wheel (16" alloy wheel at BA MkII)
  • New shifter with six-speed automatic transmission
  • New soft-feel door grab handles with satin chrome inserts
  • New Rabbit Rose woodgrain finishes
  • New paint colours: Kashmir, Wired and Déjà Vu

MODEL BY MODEL
Ford BF Falcon Ute

BF XL Ute

  • New front bumper
  • New optional 16" alloy wheel
  • New soft-feel door grab handles with chrome inserts
  • New Titanium Stone Metallic finish on Interior Command Centre fascia and centre console
  • New seat fabrics and trim inserts
  • New paint colour: Déjà Vu

BF XLS Ute

  • New front bumper
  • New 16" alloy wheel
  • New soft-feel door grab handles with chrome inserts
  • New leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • New Titanium Stone Metallic finish on Interior Command Centre fascia and centre console
  • New seat fabrics and trim inserts
  • New paint colour: Déjà Vu

BF RTV Ute

  • New front bumper
  • New soft-feel door grab handles with chrome inserts
  • New Titanium Stone Metallic finish on Interior Command Centre fascia and centre console
  • New seat fabrics and trim inserts
  • New paint colour: Déjà Vu

BF XR6 Ute

  • New sports front bumper
  • New 17" alloy wheel
  • New optional 18" alloy wheel
  • New soft-feel door grab handles with chrome inserts
  • New Liquid Metal finish on Interior Command Centre fascia and centre console
  • New seat fabrics and trim inserts
  • New paint colours: Menace, Toxic, Bionic, Fantasy and Déjà Vu

BF XR6 Turbo Ute

  • New sports front bumper
  • New 17" alloy wheel
  • New optional 18" alloy wheel
  • New shifter with optional six-speed automatic transmission
  • New soft-feel door grab handles with chrome inserts
  • New Liquid Metal finish on Interior Command Centre fascia and centre console
  • New seat fabrics and trim inserts
  • New paint colours: Menace, Toxic, Bionic, Fantasy and Déjà Vu

BF XR8 Ute

  • New sports front bumper
  • New 17" alloy wheel
  • New optional 18" alloy wheel
  • New shifter with optional six-speed automatic transmission
  • New soft-feel door grab handles with chrome inserts
  • New Liquid Metal finish on Interior Command Centre fascia and centre console
  • New seat fabrics and trim inserts
  • New paint colours: Menace, Toxic, Bionic, Fantasy and Déjà Vu



2006 Ford Falcon XR6 - BF series
2006 Ford Falcon XR6 - BF series

MODEL BY MODEL
Ford SY Territory

SY Territory TX RWD

  • Auto headlamps On
  • New paint colours: Kashmir, Wired, Déjà Vu and Mercury Silver (previously only on Falcon and Fairlane models)

SY Territory TS RWD

  • New paint colours: Kashmir, Wired, Déjà Vu and Mercury Silver (previously only on Falcon and Fairlane models)

SY Territory Ghia RWD

  • New paint colours: Kashmir, Wired, Déjà Vu and Mercury Silver (previously only on Falcon and Fairlane models)

SY Territory TX AWD

  • New shifter with six-speed automatic transmission
  • Auto headlamps On
  • New paint colours: Kashmir, Wired, Déjà Vu and Mercury Silver (previously only on Falcon and Fairlane models)

SY Territory TS AWD

  • New shifter with six-speed automatic transmission
  • New paint colours: Kashmir, Wired, Déjà Vu and Mercury Silver (previously only on Falcon and Fairlane models)

SY Territory Ghia AWD

  • New shifter with six-speed automatic transmission
  • New paint colours: Kashmir, Wired, Déjà Vu and Mercury Silver (previously only on Falcon and Fairlane models)



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