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First pics of the last ever Aussie-built Ford Fal­con, the FG X. Why didn’t they just call it the FK, as a nod to the first model, the XK? Paul Gover re­veals the lat­est. Sug­gested song to play in your head while read­ing this sec­tion: ‘Say Goodbye’ by Hunters and Col­lec­tors.

De­cem­ber 1 is the be­gin­ning of the end for the Ford Fal­con. The FG X goes on sale at the start of De­cem­ber, along­side the fi­nal up­date for the Ter­ri­tory, as Ford Aus­tralia com­mences the count­down to the end of its lo­cal car­mak­ing business. Ford is run­ning a long-term drip-feed tease for the last of the lo­cals that be­gan in Au­gust with teaser pic­tures of the hero cars in the line-up, start­ing with the XR8 – com­plete with a big­ger bon­net bulge – and run­ning through the XR6, G6E and Ter­ri­tory.

The new­com­ers share the ‘As­ton Martin-style’ grille shape that is be­ing at­tached to the nose of ev­ery­thing from the baby Fi­esta through to next year’s Mus­tang hero car.

The on-sale date for the fi­nal up­date was con­firmed by Bob Graziano, pres­i­dent of Ford Aus­tralia, as he set the scene for the FG X.

“The Aus­tralian de­sign team has done a great job on the new Fal­con, in­tro­duc­ing Ford’s global de­sign DNA ... with a pre­mium feel,” he tells Aus­tralian Mus­cle Car.

He says us­ing the XR mod­els as the bait for the first tease – even though there is now the po­ten­tial for a con­fus­ing and tongue twist­ing FG X XR6 name in 2015 – was a no-brainer at Broad­mead­ows. And he backs the X-car name choice, which is ap­par­ently based on the pop­u­lar­ity of a range of X events in 2014 – in­clud­ing the X-Fac­tor tele­vi­sion show and the X-Games – and as a homage to the first-gen­er­a­tion Fal­cons in the 1960s.

“The XR range makes up a sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of our Fal­con sales and our cus­tomers have been ask­ing for the re­turn of the XR8 for some time now.”

He’s black-and-white on the ob­jec­tive for the fi­nal Fal­con, even be­fore any me­chan­i­cal or in­te­rior de­tails are made pub­lic.

“Very sim­ply, we wanted to cre­ate the best Fal­con ever,” Graziano says.

“This is a very im­por­tant state­ment be­cause many of the peo­ple who cre­ated this car are now work­ing on fu­ture Ford global prod­ucts. So it’s im­por­tant to show how the spirit of Fal­con in­no­va­tion will live on.”

That’s al­ready be­come ob­vi­ous with cam­ou­flaged left-hand drive Taurus test cars now on tri­als at Ford’s You Yangs prov­ing ground and the Edge, which gets a to­tal over­haul in the USA in 2016, firm­ing rapidly as the fam­ily-sized re­place­ment for the Fal­con.

No-one at Ford is pre­pared to com­ment on ei­ther the Taurus or Edge, even though it’s clear the company is al­ready mov­ing on past the Fal­con and Ter­ri­tory. It’s al­ready talk­ing big on the Ever­est, the seven-seater SUV de­vel­oped from the me­chan­i­cal pack­age that’s al­ready cre­ated a class-lead­ing ute in the shape of the lat­est Ranger.

The styling of the X-car is no sur­prise, with de­tail­ing in­clud­ing LED day­time run­ning lamps, much sharper lines to the lamps on both ends, and the gi­ant trape­zoidal grille open­ing. Ford is also still push­ing pow­er­train choices that run from the EcoBoost four through to the Mi­ami V8, as well as hint­ing at a qual­ity up­grade in the cabin and sig­nif­i­cant chas­sis tweak­ing.

“Fal­con has al­ways been a car for cus­tomers who ap­pre­ci­ate great driv­ing dy­nam­ics. We think this is a car that cus­tomers will en­joy own­ing. We feel we have some­thing for every­body who is look­ing for a large car,” says Graziano.

“This is a great look­ing car and there is a lot of pride be­hind it from the de­sign­ers, en­gi­neers to the assem­bly teams that will be putting them to­gether. We are all proud of this car and the global prod­ucts we are now de­sign­ing and en­gi­neer­ing here for the fu­ture, like Ever­est,” he con­cludes.

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