Ford boots another ute
of the XR8 Ute, which fell out of the range when the 5.4-litre quad-cam Boss V8 failed to pass Euro4 emissions in mid-2010.
There are now just three model grades available in the Falcon Ute range, the base XL, XR6 and XR6 Turbo.
The base and XR6 versions are available as cab-chassis models or with a steel tub in Styleside Box form. Ford Australia spokesman Justin Lacy confirms the R6, which came with visual upgrades and more comfort features than the standard XL, was ditched due to poor sales after being introduced in 2008.
The FGMKII upgrade brings a new front-end design for all Ute models, while the XR6 and XR6 Turbo get new projector headlamps.
Ford has finally fitted electronic stability control as standard on all models as well as seat-mounted side airbags.
Also standard is a new USB input for the audio system.
The XR6 and XR6 Turbo are fitted with 18-inch alloy wheels, limited-slip differential, premium eight-inch central touch screen and alloy sports bar. In line with price cuts to the sedan range, the Falcon Ute will have a lower official price when THEMKII is introduced.
This move reflects the fact that most buyers of Falcon and Falcon Ute pay less than the official listed price.
Ford has trimmed Ute prices by between $3000 and $3505.
The Ute range will start at $27,590 for the XL cab-chassis and $27,990 for the Styleside Box. A cab-chassis XR6 will cost $35,890 and the XR6 Styleside Box will be $35,190.
THEMKII XR6 Turbo will now cost $39,190— making it a performance car bargain.