Ford boots an­other ute

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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.

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