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:
"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."
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
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
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 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
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
“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.
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).
MODEL BY MODEL
BF XT Sedan and Wagon
BF Futura Sedan and Wagon
BF XR6 & XR6 Turbo
BF Fairmont Ghia
MODEL BY MODEL
BF Fairlane Ghia
BF Fairlane G8
MODEL BY MODEL
BF XL Ute
BF XLS Ute
BF RTV Ute
BF XR6 Ute
BF XR6 Turbo Ute
BF XR8 Ute
MODEL BY MODEL
SY Territory TX RWD
SY Territory TS RWD
SY Territory Ghia RWD
SY Territory TX AWD
SY Territory TS AWD
SY Territory Ghia AWD