RISING petrol prices could turn LPG into the new battleground for Australia’s two heartland brands.
Ford will have a dedicated LPG Falcon hero in action by August and Holden will follow within six weeks with its take on a gas-powered Commodore. Both promise much-improved technology and a drawcard that will be more than just a taxi tease.
Holden is staying quiet on the specifics of its LPG Commodore but Ford goes public this week with an early tease on the EcoLPi Falcon.
It says the car will be on sale by the middle of the year, although that probably means July-August, without re- vealing any pricing. But the EcoLPi liquid-phase injection is promised with zero compromises on the Falcon’s sixcylinder engine, using its six-speed automatic gearbox, from the ute and XT sedan right up to the XR6.
The big numbers are 27 per cent more power and 10 per cent more torque than Ford’s previous E-Gas LPG system, with fuel consumption cut by 12-15 per cent. Ford Australia president Bob Graziano said LPG provided real benefits.
‘‘Falcon EcoLPi offers customers the power, torque and overall engine performance they expect from a traditional Aussie six. . . while at the same time delivering the fuel costs of a smaller car,’’ he said.