Final Falcon salutes Ford�s heritage
The Falcon XR6 has a chrome strip and boot spoiler.

Ford has revealed yet more news on its upcoming Falcon and its Territory SUV relative.

The face-lifted final Falcon will retain the FG series prefix of the current model and will be officially known as the FG X - the first and only time a Falcon has been known by a three-letter model code instead of two.

Ford says the name comes from consulting enthusiasts and has been chosen to represent the Falcon's heritage.

The F and G represent the former Fairmont and Ghia nameplates found on Falcons past, while the X tips its hat to the original XK model from 1960 and many other generations which followed, through to the XH ute in the late 1990s.

"As one of the country's most recognised nameplates, Ford wanted to make sure this celebration Falcon was worthy of the FG X name," Ford Australia president and chief executive Bob Graziano said.

"Our Falcon customers know our story, so it is appropriate we acknowledge for them, enthusiasts and all Australians that Falcon is a significant part of the fabric of the Australian cultural landscape.

"The FG X carries this on and will be recognised as one of the best Falcons ever."

The Territory, meanwhile, will be known as the SZ II and, according to Ford, will once again be offered in TX, TS and Titanium trim levels.

The popular SUV will stick with its current engine line-up of a 4.0-litre six-cylinder petrol unit and a 2.7-litre V6 diesel.

Ford also took the opportunity to officially reveal the rear ends of each car for the first time. Images of the G6E and XR6 Falcon each show a chrome strip across the boot and LEDs to be the main characteristics, while the XR6 stands out with its boot spoiler.

In keeping with the minimal changes so far, the Territory looks largely the same as the current model save for some slightly modified tail-lights.

Pricing, features and specification details for the Falcon and Territory remain under wraps.

"Falcon fans have quickly endorsed the styling of the 2014 Falcon and moving forward, it provides a strong visual link to our future, which will include cars like the refreshed Focus, all-new Mustang and all-new Mondeo, as well as the Australian- designed-and-engineered Everest SUV," Graziano said.

With the arrival of the new and updated models, Ford will have kept its promise of last year to have upgraded or all-new models across its entire range.

The West Australian

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