Catch ya 'round, Falcon Ute.
In just over a year, Ford will officially shut down its Australian manufacturing operations. 1,200 jobs will be lost and the legendary rear-wheel-drive Falcon will come to an end. The Falcon has been designed, engineered, and built in Australia for decades, but it'll all be gone in October 2016. Along with the sedan and wagon, the Falcon was also available as a Ute. What you see right now is the last of its kind. The 2015 Falcon Ute, like the sedan, comes standard with an also locally developed 4.0-liter inline-six with 260 hp and either a six-speed manual or six-speed slushbox.
The image Ford has just released is that of the Falcon XR6 Turbo Ute, featuring a turbocharged version of that inline-six. It now produces 362-hp and 393 lb-ft of torque. It also comes with 18-inch alloys, fog lights, LED DRLs, an infotainment system, and WiFi hotspot support. Official pricing wasn’t announced, but anyone in Australia who’s got a thing for Utes and Falcons, the clock is ticking. The Holden Commodore will expire next, in 2017.